Food52 Cook in the Blank: The Fun, Freewheeling Game Plan That Takes You from Zero to Dinner

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Here is a highly unusual cookbook by writers who think outside the box. Food52 Cook in the Blank was written by two women, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, who call their company Food52. The cookbook is medium sized, portrait format with spiral binding on the top. Each recipe is written on heavy paper stock and is serrated for easy tearing—the authors encourage readers to tear recipes out. The cookbook features nineteen recipes; each one appears in triplicates so readers can repeat it using different ingredients in the blanks the recipe provides. The step-by-step recipe instructions follow the traditional recipe format but with a unique feature—dozens of blanks where ingredients are usually written. For every ingredient, the recipe allows options. It’s the cook’s job to fill in the blanks. On the back of the page, however, the authors provide some help. For example, when the blank provides allium, the authors also list yellow or red onions, shallots, scallions, leeks or garlic as choices. This approach may be ideal for freeform cooks but not for those who prefer to follow specific recipes. Other helpful components are sidelines called Whip it Up; they give additional quick recipes. The tiny sketches are a nice touch as well; they brighten up the pages.

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Author Amanda Hesser • Merrill Stubbs
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 128 pages
Publisher Clarkson Potter
Publish Date 2018-Oct-30
ISBN 9780525574453
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Issue January 2019
Category Cooking, Food & Wine


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