cover image Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner

Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner

Antoni Porowski, with Mindy Fox. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30 (272p) ISBN 978-0-358-39532-4

Queer Eye food guy Porowski (Antoni in the Kitchen views the culinary world through a wide-angle lens in his breezy latest. Dinner is loosely defined, with several breakfast-like dishes, such as a plate of fluffy soft-scrambled eggs with shrimp and scallions, auditioning for the role. As he does in the show, Porowski creates meals with an ad-hoc approach (“great discoveries come from being flexible”), while sprinkling in snappy tips, like using applesauce in a vinaigrette to bring a “sweet brightness” to the dish. Chicken or fish add protein to many of the large salads on offer, including a colorful Sicilian tuna salad with beets and oranges. A section of veggie soups and entrées boasts a red lentil soup with ginger and coconut, while a meaty chapter of sandwiches features umami-drenched and coma-inducing pork burgers with gochujang special sauce. Cream and carbs are balanced against the likes of kale, broccoli, and zucchini in a fun and satisfying array of pastas. Meanwhile, chapters devoted to seafood, meats, and sides go big on flavor, be it a sweet and salty shrimp saganaki; an earthy, smoky bean and sausage ragout; or ginger-curry glazed carrots. And to sate fans, full-page spreads of a smiling Porowski appear throughout. This will be easy to devour. (Sept.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly stated this was the author's first book.