Review: How to Eat Supper

How to Eat Supper by Lynn Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift

If you are one of those people who likes to read cookbooks, How to Eat Supper is a good choice for browsing. There are lots of notes, tips and book recommendations throughout, formatted in fun fonts and colors, and the full-color photos are mouth-watering.

But once you start cooking out of it, How to Eat Supper shows itself to be strangely uneven. The theme is a fresh take on weeknight cooking, aligned with contemporary values about food, such as seasonality and sustainability. There are a handful of recipes within that are so delicious and unusual that you’ll want to make them again and again. For me, the top standout recipes were:

  • Pan-crisped Deviled Eggs on French Lettuces
  • Sweet Yams in Ginger-stick Curry
  • Tomato- and Cheddar-packed Turkey Burgers

But there were just as many recipes I tried (or more) that simply fell flat. The remainder were so middle-of-the-road that I can’t really remember them.

I’m not sure if it’s worth investing in the cookbook for such a small number of truly great recipes. But it’s still a very pretty book to have on your shelf.

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