Today we wanted to talk to you all about a new cookbook that we recently received to review. Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 For Every Season is a cookbook that goes along with Michael’s easy quick meal philosophy. In this one however he lays everything out so that you can make a different type of meal for every season. He takes each seasonal ingredient and makes simple healthy meals that are quick and easy to make.
We liked the premise of the book. We’re huge fans of using seasonal and farmers market/garden ingredients, and using them in our meals. Plus he sections the recipes to go with the seasons so you’re never confused. We also love meals that are quick and simple so that everyone can do them. The book itself was pretty helpful in picking out seasonal recipes, and indeed the meals were quick and easy. We decided to make the Pasta, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon the other day. It turned out really yummy! The only downside that we really see with this book is that a lot of the ingredients that Michael uses we can’t find around here. Case in point, the pasta, the recipe calls for Oricchette pasta, which we couldn’t find anywhere. Most of the recipes in this book you always find that one ingredient that is unavailable in our area/in area markets. This may not be a problem for some people who have these items near them, but for us and most people that live in small towns, you will need to substitute a lot of the higher end items for ones you can more easily find.
Overall we think that this is a pretty good cookbook for those who are trying to start cooking more by seasons, or looking for easy recipes in general. This is a great starting place for that because the recipes are really simple, only requiring a few steps to complete, plus takes advantage of seasonal produce.
You can purchase this book from Amazon.com as well as many other retailers. It’s also available as an ebook!
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