One Dish Four Seasons - Jordan Zucker

3.5 Stars

One Dish - Four Seasons: Food, Wine, and Sound - All Year Round is not your average cookbook. It's a fully immersive experience and seasonal journey. In this family collaboration and labor of love, we take a base recipe and by varying certain ingredients seasonally available, we churn out four versions, a winter, spring, summer, and fall. 20 dishes x 4 seasons = 80 recipes (plus a round of cocktails, of course). Each dish is then paired with a wine and a music album, further exploring the seasonality of these three elements of entertaining. It's sprinkled with tons of jokes, layers, thoughtful attention to detail, and sophistication. A dash of humor, a pinch of personality, and a sprinkle of family lore round out the pages.

Jordan spends her time SWOOPSing away in the kitchen and crushing a bicoastal lifestyle with her French bulldog, Hula, by her side. When she's not paving the way as the vanguard for the modern female sports fan through her Girls Guide to Sports brand, she's probably smuggling a favorite wine into a favorite band's concert.

And interesting concept for a cook book. I am not sure I am in love with it but it is nice to see something different for a change. The idea is... you take one "dish" or food and have 4 different recipes to go with the four seasons.
For example -Quinoa
Winter - Shrimp Quinoa
Spring - Ramps Quinoa (ramps are a kind of green/wild onion)
Summer - Chicken Quinoa
Fall - Tofu Quinoa

Over all its an OK cook book. There is probably only a couple dishes I would actually make (and my husband wouldn't eat any of this, that's for sure). There is a lot of recipes that have food that is more, uncommon, I guess is how I would put it. I love trying different foods and a wide variety. but I don't actually cook much of it because my husband wouldn't eat it so it would just be for me. When I am cooking just for myself I keep it simple. I am a vegetarian and there are quite a lot of vegetarian recipes in here, so gold star for that!!

One thing I did not like and I don't know if she was trying to be funny, but I found it insulting. She wrote "chicken broth, you can use veggie if you are dealing with anti-poultry people" How about say simply "for vegetarians". I am not anti poultry, I just don't eat it.

There are a lot of nice pictures, a lot of good pictures of what the recipe is for (not one picture for each recipe but still quite a lot). One thing I found kind of cute was the use of the term SWOOPS throughout the book. It means "season with olive oil, pepper and salt"  :-)

I have to add that normally I ask for a print copy when I am reviewing cookbooks. I think it is important to see the actual book. But there was only a PDF available for review. So this might have gotten a better rating from me if I had seen the book.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from PR by the Book Thank You!!


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