“Everyday Easy” by Lorraine Pascale
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, $29.99
Remember when salads were iceberg lettuce with a few slivers of cucumber and a couple of quarters of tomatoes?
International culinary personality Lorraine Pascale does, which is why she features lots of ideas for delicious, creative salads, plus plenty of other terrific recipes in her latest cookbook, “Everyday Easy.”
Pascale writes that she wanted to create a cookbook that “people would revisit time and time again” to find recipes for quick, easy, good food that will impress family and friends.
She succeeds, offering some 100 recipes, all of which include an estimated preparation time from start to finish, what equipment will be needed to prepare the dish, and detailed instructions.
Among her recipes are simple canapés and cocktails that go together quickly, such as Crispy, Crunchy Chicken Strips With Honey Mustard Dip, Pancetta & Parmesan Puffs, and Strawberry & Mint Mojitos.
For starters and snacks, she suggests pizza three ways, and she provides separate chapters on main dishes featuring chicken and duck; beef, lamb and pork; and fish and shellfish. Of course, as a London-based cook, her seafood choices tend to lean toward cod and salmon.
This is an attractive book. My only complaint is some of the type, printed in a light gray, is difficult to read.
Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @CheramieSonnier