Book Review: 5 in 5 For Every Season by Michael Symon


Unique recipes provided in Symon’s cookbook “5 in 5”.  I’m always looking for new ideas, and the idea of using just a few ingredients is always appealing.  As a cookbook I loved the lay out. The recipes are divided into seasons.  There are plenty of pictures throughout each chapter and the instructions are very clear in how to prepare each recipe.

Symon’s presentation is organized to group foods you would find together in season at their freshest whether that be at a farmer’s market or in a grocery store.  As far as shopping goes, this is great because you can easily turn to the season and if you live in a city you will likely find all the ingredients you would need for each meal.  I found the recipes to be uniquely put together.  Pecan crusted chicken with cranberry dipping sauces and kale and apple salad with maple cider dressing for fall, spinach salad with strawberries and pork schnitzel with peach salad for summer.

Symon combines a lot of fruit with meats which is not something I normally add to my menus. He also provides a great variety with recipes for shrimp, scallops, pastas, pork, beef and chicken. I think this will be a cookbook that stretches most cooks in their cooking skills and taste bud combinations.  I wouldn’t be this for a beginner cook, but rather someone striving to eat fresh foods at the peak of their season ripeness.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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