Gourmet Weekday: All-Time Favorite Recipes

Gourmet Magazine, Author
Editors of Gourmet Magazine. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20 (192p) ISBN 978-0-547-84231-8
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This compilation of recipes from Gourmet magazine's "Quick Kitchen" column is full of easy-to-make dishes to feed a busy family on a weeknight, or satisfy company at a stylish dinner party. Suggested spreads and complimentary wine pairings for special events ensure even the most harried cooks will be set to impress guests at pool parties, Thanksgiving Eve open houses, and date nights. Sidebar "Kitchen Tip[s]" are peppered throughout, offering advice on pitting olives, making one's own ricotta, deboning chickens, and more. While featuring meat-friendly and vegetarian classics—including chicken cooked in Riesling, a sausage and kale fettuccine, gazpacho, and an "Inside-Out Eggplant Parmigiana Stack—"Gourmet's editors also offer some new dishes and variations on the norm, like a Mexican seafood cocktail featuring shrimp, crabs, lime juice, and Tabasco; a flank steak cooked Korean-style; or the Dutch Baby, "a cross between a pancake and a popover" topped with lemon sugar. Accompanied by plenty of colorful full-page photos, this collection—while not quite path-breaking—will surely satisfy. Photos. (May)
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