Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symon
From Amazon: “5 fresh ingredients + 5 minutes of heat = 165 recipes
Ridiculously easy from-scratch recipes to get you in and out of the kitchen in a flash every day of the week—now with sides and holiday dishes, too
The follow-up to the bestselling Michael Symon’s 5 in 5, this new book delivers 165 quick, easy, fresh recipes organized by season with an entire section devoted to making the holidays simpler than ever. Each chapter features inspired main courses as well as recipes for sides and 5 fun ways to celebrate the season, including no-bake summer fruit desserts and spiked drinks to warm up with in winter.”
To the point: I have a lot of substitutions I would have to make because of strict dietary restrictions but the basics of the book are nutritious, delicious and easy.
Review: The recipes are gorgeous in this book! I think they are pretty easy for anyone to make (if you don’t have any dietary restrictions). Eggs, wheat/gluten, soy, dairy and/or meat are used in most – if not all – the recipes. The concept is fabulous, quick and easy and preserving the value of vegetable! Heat breaks down the nutritious building blocks and lessen how much we actually get out them so keeping the heat time to 5 minutes is genius. I love the idea of using what is in season to cut costs – and change-up habits of eating the same old foods in our comfort zones (my WORST habit).
Some of the substitutions are fairly easy. Unfortunately, a lot of these recipes would not be quick and easy for me (especially those calling for eggs, I have not mastered egg substitutions). I think I’m going to keep this book though as it has a lot of great ideas and easy referencing for seasonal foods. The beginning has a pantry list of items to stock year round and I think most of it can be useful (as my pantry is typically empty).
This is not my perfect cookbook and I have yet to find one! My kids an I typically eat raw fruits and vegetables most of the day with some grains and poultry thrown in and cooked vegetables. I like to cook but find myself exhausted and overwhelmed with a large to do list by the end of the day and need a quick healthy cookbook with great recipes to change up my dinner routine.
I do recommend this book to busy people who want to eat a healthy home-cooked dinner that tastes like it takes hours and only takes a fraction of the time.
Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symons. Clarkson Potter (September 22, 2015). 256 pages. Cookbooks, Quick & Easy. I received this copy from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for an honest review.
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Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season: 165 Quick Dinners, Sides, Holiday Dishes, and More