The Lemonade Cookbook: Southern California Comfort Food from L.A.'s Favorite Modern Cafeteria

Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciulli . St. Martin's, $30 (256p) ISBN 978-1250023667
Alan Jackson, the man behind the successful Los Angeles-based food chain Lemonade café, shares his take on SoCal comfort foods in this bright and cheerful collection. With recipes like these, it is easy to understand why his cafe is so popular among locals: corn chowder, beef stroganoff, mac and cheese, chicken chili, and basic chocolate chip cookies are never-fail classics, and the lion's share of the cuisine. Jackson also offers inventive riffs like roasted parsnips with pecorino cheese and a farro and spaghetti squash salad with pomegranate vinaigrette. There are also thoughtful applications for leftover buttermilk baked chicken, beef short ribs, and chicken basque—three dishes that require more preparation but are surely worth the effort. Virtually all of his recipes are well thought-out and clearly explained; novices as well as pros will find something that's worth a try. Fans of Ina Garten's simple approach to tasty food will savor this attractive and accessible collection. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/21/2013
Release date: 10/29/2013
Genre: Nonfiction
Open Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4668-3866-6
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