Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski is a cookbook that is unlike any other that I have read. The recipes are fresh and fun, while the images and commentary will satisfy fans of the Netflix series, Queer Eye. It is an easy to follow book that contains a multitude of ideas for home chefs.Title: Antoni in the Kitchen
Author: Antoni Porowski
Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: September 9, 2019
Antoni Porowski, the food and wine guru on Netflix's sensation Queer Eye, meets people where they live—literally. With appealing vulnerability, he shows cooks of all levels how to become more confident and casual in the kitchen. The verve and naturalness of his approach earned raves from Food & Wine and Bon Appétit to GQ and the New York Times, which noted his dishes prove that “sometimes simple is anything but simplistic.”
Some of the recipes in this book are weeknight healthyish meals, while others are perfect for off-the-cuff entertaining. Visual stunners, they’re often composed of fewer than five ingredients. Whether Bastardized Easy Ramen; Malaysian Chili Shrimp; Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto; or Salty Lemon Squares, all are visual stunners and can be carried off with panache, even by beginners.
Review: Antoni in the Kitchen
One of my favourite TV personalities, Antoni Porowski, has created the ultimate book for his fans. Even if cooking isn’t quite your thing, the cookbook has so many gorgeous images of Antoni that it is actually hard to focus on the recipes. Also, the foreword and the recipes themselves are packed full of personal stories that it feels like Antoni is sharing his life story through food.
❀ Lots of recipe ideas
It is hard to decide what recipe to start with when you open this book. There are ideas for things like Apps and Snacks, Soups and Stews, Weeknight Healthyish, and Bakes. Most of the ingredients are easy to source and the tools required are minimal to create the dishes in the cookbook.
❀ A step -up from the norm
What I love most about the recipes that I created was the fact that they are not only simple, but a step-up from the norm. There is always an ingredient or two that takes something like a traditional oatmeal cookie to an intense flavour combination. For example. the addition of crystallized ginger gives a bit of unexpected spice to a sweet treat. Even Chickpea Masala gets updated with a little bit of dried apricot.
If you are looking for some interesting and non-traditional recipes, Antoni in the Kitchen is one cookbook to check out this season. Not only are there some beautiful images and lovely anecdotes in the book, the recipes are unique and simple. I look forward to trying more of them.