Over the past few months, I've been testing recipes from Tyler Florence's recent cookbook: Dinner At My Place $13.57.
Although Florence has penned several other cookbooks, this one has a particularly intimate feeling because it includes his family's favorite recipes along with great menus for dinner parties.
To find out if you should add it to your cookbook collection,
- The book is divided into innovative menus and theme parties. Some examples are Crab Season, Tolan's Birthday Dinner, and Sunday Dinner. There are a wide variety of recipes in each menu, which can be easily mixed and matched.
- Many of the recipes offer substitutions in case some of the ingredients are not in season or are unavailable.
- The last chapter, Cheat Sheet, has over 20 basic recipes (such as creamy parmesan potato gratin, Japanese beef broth, classic French Vinaigrette) that are fast and easy staples perfect for livening up any meal.
- Tyler is the father of three children, however, I thought it was overkill to dedicate an entire chapter to baby food. Perhaps a separate book or a smaller section? After all, I'm not making puree of anything for my adult guests anytime soon.
- Directions for the recipes are in paragraph format rather than number.
Recipes: There are a wide variety of recipes in each of his pre-planned menus. Here are some that caught my attention.
- Garden Puree Bruschetta
- Blender Béarnaise
- Watermelon Nectar with Lime Salt
- Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Relish
- Corn Pudding with Poblano
- Artichoke Fritters with Meyer Lemon Salt
- Beet Cakes with Sweet Greek Yogurt
- Chinese Chicken Stock
- Bourbon Peach Cobbler
Imagery: There are tons of pictures, which I promise will get you salivating.
Overall Rating: This cookbook has plenty of recipes perfect for a dinner party. It's not filled with lengthy and difficult culinary challenges, but rather tasty comfort foods that an average family is sure to enjoy.