cover image Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors

Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors

Diana Henry. Octopus, $32.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-78472-204-3

Henry (Roast Figs Sugar Snow) takes a low-key turn in this elegant cookbook focusing on simple, tasty recipes for all times of day that can be prepared with a minimum of fuss. She delivers on that promise with toast with linguine all’amalfitana (linguine with anchovies and walnuts); Parmesan roast chicken with cauliflower and thyme; and a refreshing salad of cucumbers, radishes, cherries, and rose petals, all well within the abilities of even the most novice of home cooks. Drawing from a pantry full of global ingredients, she creates a leek and feta omelet with sumac, stir-fried squid with ginger and Shaoxing wine, and roast chicken with chiles and migas. These are just a few of the dishes that will expand palates that come together quickly. Readers with fully stocked spice racks will get the most out of the book. Fans of Henry’s previous work (this is a quasi-sequel to 2014’s Cook Simple) will find this one equally rewarding. [em](Sept.) [/em]