The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei

The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei

The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei is a perfect way to spice up some old favourites. If you are looking for ideas to bring a little more interest and excitement to your everyday recipes, this book has you covered. This is a fun and simple recipe book that is perfect for all skill levels.

The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly SenyeiTitle: The Secret Ingredient Cookbook: 125 Family-Friendly Recipes with Surprisingly Tasty Twists
Author: Kelly Senyei
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

125 family-friendly recipes based on the author's popular Just a Taste food site, with each recipe featuring a totally unexpected ingredient

Kelly Senyei, founder of the food site Just a Taste, has garnered millions of fans with a delicious hook--every one of her recipes has a secret ingredient, something totally unexpected that takes a dish from common to extraordinary. Some of the 125 tried-and-tested recipes are surprisingly simple, like her Vanilla Bean Drop Doughnuts made with Greek yogurt, or the Sweet and Tangy Baked Chicken Wings made with blackberry jam. Other recipes are nothing short of genius, such as the Kale Panzanella made with croissants, the Healthy White Chicken Chili made with hummus, or the Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas made with cocoa powder. And just because the secret ingredients are surprising doesn't mean they're expensive or hard to find, either. Kelly is a busy mother of two, and she made sure every ingredient can be found in any supermarket. Her family-friendly recipes cover every occasion, from crowd-pleasing snacks and 30-minute entrées to make-ahead sides and holiday-worthy desserts.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei

It is so easy to get into a cooking rut, especially when it is harder to easily run out and shop for interesting items to cook with. This book of secret ingredients gives a bit of intrigue to weeknight meals. Also, most of the additions are things that most people have in their pantries, which makes the meals quick and easy to put together.

Kelly gives a little background and lists essential ingredients and tips to inspire your creations in the kitchen. The layout is straightforward and each recipe has its secret ingredient well marked at the top of the page.

❀ Table of Contents:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Soups and Salads
  • Pastas
  • Entrées
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Drinks

❀ Intriguing Combinations

I have bookmarked quite a few recipes to try and I am excited to try so many of them, such as the Sweet and Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and the Adults Only Milkshake. These recipes have intriguing combinations that make cooking a bit more like a science experiment.

❀ Easy Recipe Tweaks

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

I tried the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake and really enjoyed the unexpected kick that adding cracked black pepper gave to an otherwise sweet and gooey treat. There are so many recipes like this in the book that have a very easy tweak to try that gives an element of surprise to your taste buds.

The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei is definitely one to watch for if you are looking for something a bit different to try in the kitchen.

About Kelly Senyei

Kelly Senyei

Kelly Senyei is the founder of Just a Taste, a food site with millions of fans. She is a professional chef, television host, and mom who appears regularly on Food Network Kitchen and Hallmark Channel. She previously worked at Condé Nast on the Gourmet Live app, and then Epicurious. She lives in San Diego, CA, with her family.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

33 thoughts on “The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei

  1. Soozle says:

    This sounds like a great cookbook – I really like the idea of something different being added to change up classics!

  2. megan allen says:

    Ohh la la! I definitely need to get my hands on this! It seems like we have the same dishes all the time and im ready for something new and interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kari B says:

    Such a fun idea for a cookbook. Great way to change things up, but still have things you enjoy.

  4. Bea LaRocca says:

    This sounds like an awesome cookbook, I’m looking forward to trying some of these recipes. Thank you for sharing the book details

  5. Christina Gould says:

    What a fascinating premise for a cookbook. I’d love to read it. Thanks for posting!

  6. Rosie says:

    Oh, this sounds so fun! I’m always thinking about what could be an ingredient to add that would be different for extra umphhh but delish! This is a must!

  7. Lori Smanski says:

    thank you for your review. oh but such a wonderful idea. I love this and will have to check it out. I know how easy it is to get into a rut in the kitchen

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