If you love Fine Cooking Magazine, and we do, then you will love this compilation. These are 200 of the best recipes of 2007’s issues. And this book is all about recipes. There is just the right amount of instruction to aid in the basic techniques, other than that each page features beautiful photographs of the finished dishes and clear, concise recipe directions. Although many of the dishes are suitable for everyday – Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage, Spring Vegetable & Potato Frittata are weekday winners – this is a book you pull out when you are planning a special dinner or party. While not overly fussy, there is a great selection of dishes that just lend themselves to sharing. Here’s some of my favourites; Port-Glazed Roasted Game Hens with Couscous Stuffing, Moroccan Vegetable Ragout, Cioppino and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup with Star Anise. And, a new take on Risotto that works exceedingly well and is a fresh alternative is the Lemon Barely Risotto with Shrimp, Bacon & Spinach. The salad section is particularly well visited in my copy of the book; Summer Squash Salad with Lemon, Capers & Parmesan gave me yet another way to enjoy my bounty of zucchini.
While I’ll still remain loyal to my magazine subscription I sure like the convenience of all the wonderful recipes rolled into one book.
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