Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners
Moulton is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, former executive chef of the now-defunct
Gourmet magazine, a TV host, and a cookbook author (Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals, 2005).
Despite these credentials, don’t expect lengthy recipes demanding weekends in the kitchen, exotic and
hard-to-find ingredients, and complicated “new wave” cooking techniques (sous vide, anyone?). No, the
author’s 200 recipes are accessible and span all major cuisines, from Korea, South America, and Britain to down-home U.S.A. There is also an educational component packed into almost every single page; sidebars explain, for instance, the selection of a good soy sauce, the difference between hamburger and ground beef, and the best place to store eggs. The recipes, each prefaced with a personal narrative, are seductive, and include individual huevos rancheros, Peking duck wraps, speedy moussaka, vegetarian paprikash, deviled bones, Peruvian baked chicken thighs, and fruit pot stickers.
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