We have a fairly large collection of cookbooks; mostly of the vegetarian variety that I’ve collected over the years. They rarely, if ever, have been used, as I’m not much of a cook, and I find cookbooks intimidating. We decided this needed to stop, and on the list it went.
We hosted our parents for dinner over the weekend, and it seemed like as good a time as any to try some new recipes. We picked recipes from two cookbooks; It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Vegetarian by Alice Hart.
From It’s All Good, we made a braised chicken with green olives and lemon, and charred corn with sage. From Vegetarian, we made an asparagus and barley salad with chive dressing. All were hits; easy to put together and everyone seemed to really enjoy them. Adam took care of the meat dish, and said he would make it again for sure. I did the two veggie dishes; the corn I would make every night, it was so easy and so delicious. The barley dish was great for vegetarians; with the barley and kidney beans, it was hearty enough to be a meal.
We also put together a pretty kickass cheese plate, and made a fruit salad for dessert with a mint & lime dressing, and vanilla whipped cream.
Details: Both cookbooks can be found at Indigo or Amazon. Regardless of your feelings for Gwyneth Paltrow, I think I would recommend It’s All Good over Vegetarian, simply because the recipes are simpler, but everything we’ve made is super delicious. The Vegetarian cookbook is definitely more elevated and intimidating.