Michael Symon’s 5 in 5


I was really excited to see this book that boasted 5 ingredients with 5 minutes of heat for a tasty dish.  It sounded like a great idea.  I was surprised when I opened the book to see more than 5 ingredients in most (if not all the recipes)…but don’t worry, they just aren’t counting things like salt and pepper in those 5 ingredients.

I like how the book is divided into seasons to highlight vegetables that you would be likely to find during certain times of the year.  I liked the photographs, they really did a nice job of making the food look delicious.  As I was looking through the book I was wishing there was a photograph of every recipe…there are just some recipe books that make me want to read them like a picture book and just enjoy all the beautiful photos.  There are a few side dishes that just might make it on my Thanksgiving table…they look easy and quick which is just what I want!  (Of course, I will have to keep the old favorites as well)

There were several vegetables and ingredients that I have not used before…and probably won’t…I don’t think calamari is going to make it on my shopping list.  But I may be willing to try the Spring Pea Guacamole when May rolls around again and the Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Feta & Almonds look yummy.  There were several combinations of ingredients (plums and pork) that I’m not sure that I will try…but you never know…some of my older children are getting more adventurous in their willingness to try new things.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  I did not receive any other compensation.  All thoughts in this post are my own.



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