Saturday, December 5, 2015

Twenty Dinners

Twenty Dinners is a collection of recipes from photographer Ithai Schori and Musician Chris Taylor. This is not your average cookbook, neither is it meant to be. Your average cookbook produces recipes to be followed. The key component to these recipes is to teach the reader how to build a foundation of what they like. These recipes are meant to be reconstructed and added to according to your palette. I really liked the idea of people cooking together, instead of someone slaving over the stove and ignoring their guest. So the party is centered around the cooking. Schori and Taylor aren't into desserts so much so they used guest pastry chef Lillie O'Brien. O'Brien is famous for her jams. Which was the inspiration for her successful business, London Borough of Jam.
In the table of contents, I noticed the recipes were divided into four categories: fall, winter, spring, summer with 5 dinners each complete with tips and what cocktail would be best. I don't drink so I would substitute a flavored sparkling water. These are very unconventional dinner parties that don't start at any particular time and the food may not be spread out like you are use to it being.  In the back there are two glossaries. The first one is techniques, terms, and handy advice. The second one is tools, pantry, and shopping for ingredients. I really like this book. I would buy it just for the tips in the back. 

I received this book free from WaterBrook Publishing Group for doing this review. I was not required to write a positive review, all thoughts and opinions are mine.