What a gorgeous book! This is the 2nd release from Half Baked Harvest (AKA Tieghan Gerard) that I’ve purchased – the other being Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains.
What initially got me hooked on her website, social media, and now books, are the gorgeous photographs and incredible effort put forth into each and every recipe, layout, and design. It’s the total package that makes you drool every time you peruse the pages.
I’ll admit to being plant-based (except for fish… yes, yes, it’s called pescatarian, but I didn’t want the uniformed to think I was bringing religion into this discussion lol… you either get it or you don’t, it’s called a ‘dad joke’), so there are a number of recipes that do I will never eat… sorry Quick Filipino Adobo… sorry Spiced Lamb Hummus… sorry Dry-Rubbed Grilled Steak.
Buttttttt….. HELLO The Meanest, Greenest Pizza… HELLO Lemon Basil Pasta with Balsamic Brussels Sprouts…. and I certainly couldn’t forget about you Black Pepper Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and your delicious ranch side sauce - get in my belly!
The contents and pages are broken down as follows:
The Basics (15)
Breakfast + Brunch (23)
Appetizers + Sides (47)
Salad + Soup (77)
Pizza + Pasta (107)
Pork + Poultry (165)
Beef + Lamb (199)
Seafood + Fish (221)
I do appreciate the section dedicated to vegetarians. My only real complaint is that I wish there were more plant-based options or recipes that it was easy enough to make the meat optional and this is why I deducted one star. It just seems like part of the target audience is the plant based crowd, so it would be helpful to make it slightly more user friendly for them.
What differentiates this book from her other one is that this is focused on making your life slightly easier by taking the time and difficulty out of cooking. The majority of the recipes are tailored to Instant Pots/Crock-Pot, overnight, meal-prepping, and overall ease of use. I’d consider this a great companion book to pair with the first release of slightly more complicated, time intensive recipes… hence the title, Super Simple.
The guidance is straight-forward, obviously the pictures are beautiful, instructions make sense, and it’s all presented/laid out in an intelligent fashion, at least in my opinion.
A few of my favorites aside from the ones mentioned above are the Autumn Harvest Salad (84), Butter-Roasted Tomato Soup with Honey’d Brie Grilled Cheese (103), and the Maple Glazed Cardamom Apple Fritters (40).
Check out her blog, check out her Instagram, and sign up for the emails. Get hungry, get excited.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: CROWN (5 November 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525577076
- ISBN-13: 978-0525577072
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.3 x 26.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)