Roasted Mushrooms on Toast from Small Victories

by Irvin on January 9, 2017 · 1 comment

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Roasted mushrooms on toast is an easy to make but elegant to serve appetizer for any dinner party!

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

I’m late to the party but things have been hectic in the Eat the Love household what with my book promotions and the holidays. But one of the cookbooks that I’ve been obsessing over (other than my own Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, and the numerous ones I listed in my favorite cookbook lists part 1 and part 2) is Small Victories by Julia Turshen. Not only is it beautifully photographed by the amazing team of Gentl + Hyers (do you know them? They are one of my absolute favorite food photographers) but it is filled with interesting and accessible recipes that I actually want to make and eat at home.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

But more than that, Small Victories focuses on the tiny shortcuts and hints and tips that everyone needs in the kitchen. The name of the book really focuses on how you can make fresh meals from scratch, and adapt it to your own personal tastes easily. I adore the idea of adapting and shifting recipes in a casual way. I also hate the phrase “kitchen hack” or “life hack” when it comes to tips and trips. For me, the term “small victories” is perfect. Tips and easy recipes ideas that get your excellent dishes are definitely a small victory for everyone, so it makes sense that author Julia Turshen would name her book after the joy of finding little things that make folks happy in the kitchen.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

The recipes are interesting and sophisticated without being complicated (most recipes only call for 5 to 10 ingredients). And even though the book is geared toward beginners or folks who are just starting out in the kitchen there’s enough in the book for seasoned cooks to learn from as well as stretch a little bit out of their comfort zone. Small Victories show that it doesn’t take much skill or experience in the kitchen to create memorable and fantastic meals.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

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Emily January 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

I agree with you about this book! I heard about it from friends but was worried that it was too basic for me. I checked it out of the library and fell in love. I went ahead and treated myself to a copy after Xmas. On the menu tonight: the Homemade Merguez with Herby Yogurt. I love the friendly, approachable tone of the book that belies the sophistication of the recipes. I think it will get a lot of use around here.

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