Back to the Family: Food Tastes Better Shared with Ones You Love

Art Smith, Author with Mike Austin. Rutledge Hill $29.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4016-0289-5

Expanding on the themes that made his James Beard Award–winning Back to the Table cookbook such a success—namely, its focus on comfort foods, togetherness and ease of preparation—Smith's latest, winning collection of more than 150 recipes easily meets the standard set by its predecessor. The key to Smith's appeal lies in his ability to combine new flavors with comfort food favorites. Sure, there are recipes for staples such as Addie Mae's Potato Salad and Split Roasted Herbed Chicken, but his Sweet Ancho Rubbed Tenderloin and Caramelized Onion, Arugula and Parmesan Cheese Omelet are just as satisfying and easy to make. Smith takes great pride in sharing his secrets, which range from brining chicken before frying to adding sour cream to his pancakes, imparting both tang and tenderness. While these tips are not exactly revolutionary, the results will be for those who've previously attempted such dishes and gotten mediocre results. Smith even demystifies the oft-troublesome soufflé, and offers easy-to-follow recipes for everything from basic pizza dough to Classic Ceviche. Veteran cooks will probably have many of Smith's dishes in their repertoire, but those just starting out or looking for a standard, go-to cookbook will find this volume indispensable. Photos. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 12/31/2007
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