Author: Robin Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (2013)
I’ve never been married, but I did spend a few years of my life as a co-habiting university student, out on my own for the first time with a tiny apartment kitchen and busy days. Like most adults, I did not have the time nor energy to explore a hundred different cooking styles or strange ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with. Nor did I have the money to buy specialty items (and I certainly couldn’t eat out every night!). However, I am a bona fide food lover and did have basic cooking skills, so over time I self-taught myself a roster of go-to recipes that were healthy, cheap and above all – delicious. Nowadays, fewer and fewer schools teach home economics – a trend that translates into a whole generation of adults who are starting life on their own or with a partner and don’t know what to do! But Food Network star Robin Miller has compiled some of her most charming recipes into a cookbook geared towards the newly married crowd. Aptly titled The Newlywed Cookbook, it features over 200 recipes with easy-to-follow instructions, menu suggestions and culinary information.
|Apple-Cinnamon Coffee Cake (p. 189)
Some of the organization of recipes in my advance copy is a bit confusing, though this may have been corrected in the final printing. While there is a “Pizza and Bread” chapter that includes quickbreads like Super Moist Banana Bread (p. 8) and Apple Spice Bread (p. 11), other “bread-like” objects such as Banana-Nut Scones (p.132) and muffins are found in the “Desserts and Other Sweet Treats” section. The index is equally confusing to navigate and I trust that the appropriate appearance and cross-referencing changes will be made so that a search for Apple-Cinnamon Coffee Cake (p. 189) does not end under the letter “D” after a 5-10 minute quest.
|Thai Noodles with Peanuts (p. 23)
While learning to cook is a vital part of “growing up”, it helps to have a solid starting point and resource to build success on. There are undoubtedly some gems in Robin Miller’s The Newlywed Cookbook, but they are too few and far between as of this review to warrant a ringing endorsement from this foodie.