Obtained: Penguin Random House, ARC
Publish date: April 21, 2015
I have never owned a cookbook before in my life. I don’t cook anything that doesn’t come in the freezer aisle and have microwave instructions. That’s why I got this book; it’s time for Michelle to learn how to cook. And this book is my new playground.
Seven Spoons is written by Tara O’Brady, a food blogger who is so passionate about what she does. This book has great stories about her dishes and instructions that are easy enough for me to follow (which to me, was the ultimate test). The recipes are nicely organized by meals, snacks, or staples, and a lot of them include great Asian or Indian flavours that I am a huge fan of.
When I was told at the Penguin Random House Blogger Preview that O’Brady took all her own photos for the book as well, I was sold. The photos of the dishes are absolutely gorgeous and make you want to devour everything on the pages.
After experimenting with five of the recipes in this book, I only have a few criticisms. First, the recipes don’t tell you how much time they will take on the top of the page, so you have to read through the entire recipe to figure it out. Also, as I mentioned above, the recipes have a lot of Asian or Indian flavors and some of the ingredients may be tricky to track down if you don’t live around any specialty grocery stores. But I can’t see why you couldn’t replace some of those ingredients with your own choices.
Below you can find photos of the dishes I made, or that my friends and family made as I ate. And I can honestly say that they were all really tasty. I’m going to add a star rating to the dishes as well to give you a better idea of my thoughts.
Feel-Better Curried Soup with Crispy Chicken (p. 109)
Mushrooms and Greens with Toast (p. 91)
Salad Rolls with Sesame Dressing and Tamari Dipping Sauce (p. 75)
Roasted Red Pepper, Almond and Feta Salad (p. 186)
Avocado Toast (p. 96)
Overall, I am super pleased with this cookbook and I cannot WAIT to try more recipes. If you’re a first-time cook like me, or a more experienced home chef, I really recommend Seven Spoons.