Just Married & Cooking: 200 Recipes for Living, Eating, and Entertaining Together

Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione. Scribner, $28 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4391-6998-8
Columnist and novelist Parkhurst (Belle in the Big Apple) and her chef husband, Briscione, present their "culinary guide to marital bliss," a compilation of recipes "accompanied by entertaining banter." The New York City authors and instructors of couple's cooking classes divide recipes into two main sections—"workhorse" dishes for everyday and recipes for entertaining and special occasions. A casual, but at times women's magazine tone—think sidebars with titles like "Prep Ahead for Nooky" and headlines including "Trading Onion Rings for Wedding Rings/Bar Food"—doesn't detract from the inspired recipes for hors d'oeuvres, mains, desserts, and cocktails. Many selections have a pronounced Southern influence, hailing from both authors' backgrounds, such as shrimp and grits with sherry; fried okra; and mint julep brownies. The obvious omission of how to divide up cooking tasks and work as a team in a kitchen, along with the multiple headnote references to the authors' lives, likes, and dislikes makes this more of a mini-memoir cookbook than instructional text, but well-thought-out dishes win out, making it a great gift for newly engaged, married, and domestic partners. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/21/2011
Release date: 05/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4516-2557-8
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