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XX Dinners

Let me start out by saying that the photographs are amazing and inspiring and make me want to inch my way out of my comfy tufted-back arm chair to round up a couple of duck breasts for dinner.  And, I love the feel of this book….the “book-feel”.  The pages are somewhat hefty and have an ever-so-slight rough feel against your fingers.  Not glossy….at all.  It makes me think of how books must have been printed ages ago.  I love it – I love the design of this book.  Duck breasts aside, the physical nature of the book makes me want to curl up even more in that tufted-back arm chair so that I can bask in the enjoyment of reading this beautiful book.  This is the kind of cookbook that I can sink into and daydream of the endless possibilities; of having an entire day to cook at my pace and having no worries of getting food to the table; of spending the day cooking and sampling with friends and family.

The book is separated by the seasons and offers dinner menus for each season.  The recipes for fall and winter warmed my soul on this April night and made me wish for autumn leaves and picnics under a cloudless blue sky.  The spring and summer recipes made me jump for joy (figuratively) because I knew that these recipes would be right at home now in my kitchen.

I can never have too many recipes for the perfect roast chicken, should I decide to whip up a roast chicken.  I usually gravitate to Ina’s recipes in these instances but XX’s roast chicken recipe reads as if it would be super simple to prepare and super delicious to sample.  While there are some recipes here that I will shy away from simply because I detest the mouth-feel of mushrooms, I am looking forward to the maple panna cotta….I mean REALLY.  YUM.  The recipes are NOT complicated and, as such, pushes the reader to buy the best products available so that the food, in its simplicity, can shine.  These recipes speak for themselves…..good food is not complicated and is actually fun to prepare.  Oh, and there is this amazing recipe for charred applesauce…..