The collection contains over 150 recipes, with something for every reader, whether they're planning a simple solo supper or hosting an elaborate dinner party. The unconventional mix of essays, traditional recipes, and looser narrative recipes is part of the collection's appeal; it provides specific guidance and instruction for certain dishes alongside wide-ranging inspiration for culinary exploration ... This collection of family-friendly dishes that are on repeat in the Lawson household is sure to become a favorite for devotees and new readers alike.
With this cookbook, Lawson reveals her mastery not only of the stove but also of the essay. Each recipe comes with extensive reflections on hospitality, family, cooking techniques, and ingredients that frame and give meaning to her creative British cuisine ... Many of the recipes are designed for just two, perfect for cooking in times of pandemic. Lawson comes to the defense of brown foods, such as stews and braises, which in the age of Instagram are too often dismissed as not photogenic enough. Nevertheless, her book swells with splendid full-color photographs.
... homey, adaptable ideas ... easygoing recipes ... It’s a chatty, meandering 'culinary stream of consciousness' punctuated by recipes, geared as much to armchair reading as to goal-directed kitchen forays...sparking joy in the kitchen, even after a year of seemingly endless home cooking.