Weekend Cooking – Two Cookbook Reviews


Weekend Cooking is a weekly blog meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

Fermented by Charlotte Pike –

Goodreads Synopsis: Incorporate fermented foods into everyday eating with delicious recipes that are easily achievable at home. This gorgeous, fully photographed cookbook includes chapters covering fruit and vegetables, milk, pulses, baking and drinks that will introduce you to unique new flavors as well as traditional fermented vegetables such as German Sauerkraut and Korean Kimchi. Use fermented ingredients in dishes such as Kraut-slaw, Bacon and Potato Soup, Kimchi and Pork Salad and Smoky Grilled Tempeh. Learn how to make sweet and savory yogurts such as Coconut Yogurt or Cardamom and Rose Yogurt Cream to go with your perfected Sourdough Chocolate Cake. Create essential pickles, sauces and chutneys with fermentation that will have endless uses, fully stock any kitchen cupboard or make an excellent homemade gift.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

I was really excited when I got this book from my library, I love fermenting foods and I wanted to know more.

Overall this book wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. From the title I was really expecting a book that laid out the science and technique of fermenting, as well as gave me some yummy handy recipes.  And while there is an abundance of recipes in this book, there is little to no instructions in the art of fermenting. This book is not for beginner fermenters, though from the recipe collection it tries to be. This is a book for someone who already knows what they’re doing.

So I was disappointed with this book, maybe other people would enjoy it more and find a use for the recipes. I personally didn’t feel like any of them were that interesting. And in the end I gave this book 3 stars.

Salad for Dinner By Tasha De Serio –

Goodreads Synopsis: Salad for lunch? Salad for dinner? It’s easy – and delicious – to turn salads into main meals with this original collection from chef Tasha DeSerio. As more and more home cooks are looking to eat healthy using local and regional offerings, the whole-meal salads highlighted here will satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Simple, yet sophisticated and showcasing the author’s talent for presenting beautiful ingredients in an artful way, the recipes encompass everything from greens to meat and fish, dairy, and pasta and grain. With detailed information on in-season fruits and vegetables, lesser-known salad fixings, preparation techniques (including make ahead tips), and a comprehensive chapter on salad basics, readers will have all they need to turn out satisfying and beautiful salads of their own. Easy enough for one and special enough for a crowd, salads as a main course will be showing up on tables everywhere.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

I’ve already mentioned before on my blog that this is now one of my favorite cookbooks, but I haven’t actually written a formal review for it.

I picked this book up from my library not because I was really looking for salad ideas, but honestly just because the cover made me drool a little. 😀 I am a big fan of salads in general, I love making them and eating them, and usually pinterest has enough good ideas for me. But this book was honestly amazing. There were so many recipes that I had to write down for later.

My partner Grant is not a huge salad person, he likes meat and some veggies, but looking a lot of these recipes I’m sure I can convince him to enjoy more than the occasional salad.  I haven’t really had the time yet to make many of the recipes, but here are some that I hope to make soon. Wild Arugula Salad with Salami Picante and Pecorino, Spring Nicoise Salad, New Potato Salad with Shallots and Creme Faciche, & Farro Salad with Broccoli Rab and Poached Egg. 

These are just a few of the ideas that sounded amazing to me. In the end I gave this book 4 stars and I hope to own it someday soon!


  1. Bummer on the fermenting book — I love the cover, though. We eat a lot of salads here, so I could use some new ideas. I hope my library has a copy (so I can sample before I buy).

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