“This book is all about how sweet life can be when the kitchen is your playground. It’s a book as much about good living as it is about good eating. It’s a book about the story of your life together.” writes Sarah Copeland in The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking with & For Each Other. After perusing the book, I can certainly agree with Copeland. Her presentation of recipes, colored pictures of the dishes, and tips on stocking the pantry are next to none. Any newlywed couple would be thrilled to receive this book as a gift and consider the kitchen as their playground.
For the purpose of the review we are asked to test three recipes. The first one I tested was “Dutch Babies with Poached Rhubarb.” We love rhubarb but I’ve never served it with Dutch Babies (aka super-light, baked pancakes.) The poached rhubarb was sweet and the vanilla bean/pod added to the flavor. The Dutch Babies were light, fluffy, and rich. Paired with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and conversation, the dish became a delightful part of brunch.
The second recipe I tested came from Chapter 7, titled “Date Night.” We always consider Friday as our date night and go out to eat; however, my husband and I decided to stay in and cook. Together we made “Seared Halibut with Coriander & Carrots.” After toasting the coriander and fennel seeds, they were crushed and then ground. To that we added turmeric and cayenne pepper. This combination was sprinkled on the halibut fillets and refrigerated for an hour to marry the flavors. In the meantime, we prepared the carrots and yoghurt sauce, and set the table. By that time the fish was ready and we grilled it in a skillet. Delicious! Add a glass of wine and you have a romantic dinner for two.
The third recipe I tested was “Linguine with Sausage and An Easy Egg Sauce.” Resembling Alfredo, the sauce was rich, smooth and delicious. The sharp taste of Parmigiano-Reggiano came through yet was a good complement to the sweet sausage. I used gluten-free linguine pasta as a substitute and I believe it worked well. We added a side salad of baby greens and cherry tomatoes sprinkled with olive oil and fresh cracked pepper. Add a glass of wine and you have yourself a simple, yet scrumptious meal.
I truly believe any couple would enjoy The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking with & For Each Other as part of their life together. Aside from recipes the couple can make together, Copeland offers chapters on “Gatherings” and “Escapes.” Not only is this book beautiful in presentation, it offers delightful new recipes that eventually become “our traditional recipes.” Two thumbs up!!
(Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader)