May 19, 2013

"The Yankee Chef" by Jim Bailey

The Yankee Chef: Feel Good Food for Every KitchenMy rating: 4 of 5 spoons

This is a lovely cookbook! We spent some time in New England a couple of years ago and fell in love, so I couldn't wait to dive in to this cookbook. "The Yankee Chef" is full of lovely recipes from the region with a healthy sprinkling of foreign recipes in honor of New England's diverse heritage. Boston Baked Beans, New England Boiled Dinner, Clam Bake, Fried Clams, Seafood Stuffing, Codfish Cakes, Maine Blueberry Pie, Red Flannel Hash and, of course, Whoopie Pies! I only had one real issue with this book. In multiple recipes he states that the authentic recipe is more involved, so he's giving you a shortcut by using something else instead. I wish he would have included the instructions for those of us who would like to go the extra mile to make it authentic.

Not only is this book overflowing with scrumptious recipes, it is a feast for the eyes as well. Lovely photos (though a few more of the finished dishes would have been nice), reprints of very old recipes that look like decoration on the page until you realize it's an actual old recipe!, tips and comments add to this book making it a gem for your collection.

I received a copy of this book from Schiffer Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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