Dinner: Changing the Game

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What’s for Dinner?

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As a busy working mom to three, count them: THREE, teenage boys, “What’s for dinner?” is probably the number one question I get asked every day. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a rut, offering the same old same old, even though nobody complains–but I do like to change things up sometimes. So, Melissa Clark’s Dinner: Changing the Game is a welcome addition to my kitchen shelves. It is filled to the rim with new ideas and old ideas made new. And, with page after page of recipes, there is enough inspiration to last me a long time.

Dinner: Changing the Game has provided me with options. Even on super busy nights, things like Vietnamese Ginger Chicken (p. 42), Peachy Pork or Veal (p. 82),  Japanese Omelet (p. 159), Cacio E Pepe (p. 179), and Sweet and Sour Tofu (p. 210) take less than 25 minutes from start to finish! When I have more time to savor being in the kitchen, my go-to’s are Roasted Zucchini Phyllo Pie (p. 308)–so, so good, and Mexican Tortilla Soup (p. 327)–the one I will make at least bi-weekly.

The junior chef in my house is also enjoying this cookbook as a sort of kitchen primer. This is my kid who gets excited about shopping the produce section and invents his own recipes all the time. He cooks several nights a week, and is already planning his own future restaurant. He has already moved beyond kids’ cookbooks. Dinner: Changing the Game is right up his alley. He pores over this book, helping plan our weekly menu based on what stirs him from the pages.

My favorite features of Dinner: Changing the Game, besides the abundance of delicious choices, are:

  • the commentary by the author that prefaces each recipe. This is often the nudge that gets me to try something new.
  • the clear and easy to follow instructions–no fuss, no muss. There are usually from three to five steps, with just a few exceptions for specialties like Rustic Eggplant & Tomato Galette (p. 311).
  • the full page color photographs that tempt and inspire.
  • and, the index at the end. Why, oh why, don’t ALL cookbooks come with an index?

This book is chock full of delicious ideas, and there is truly something for everyone. It has become my kitchen staple. Next on my list this week is the Summer Vegetable Salad with Tapenade and New Potatoes (p. 337). If you saw the photo, you wouldn’t be able to resist.

The publisher provided a review copy of Dinner: Changing the Game.

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