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Small Victories
Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs | Julia Turshen
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"I can't wait to cook my way through this amazing new book," Ina Garten writes in the foreword to this cookbook of more than 400 recipes and variations from Julia Turshen, writer, go-to recipe developer, co-author for best-selling cookbooks such as Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good, Mario Batali's Spain...on the Road Again, and Dana Cowin's Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as "small victories" in the funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals. This beautifully curated, deeply personal collection of what Chef April Bloomfield calls "simple, achievable recipes" emphasizes bold-flavored, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. More than 160 mouth-watering photographs from acclaimed photographers Gentl + Hyers provide beautiful instruction and inspiration, and a gingham spine elevates this entertaining and essential kitchen resource into a covetable gift for both beginners and accomplished home cooks.
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razmanda
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Put together a “what‘s in the refrigerator” stew inspired by Turshen. I blame @kristenlcoates obvi.

JSW Yummmmm 4mo
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24in48
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cathysaid I asked a question on the previous post. Please respond? 7mo
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AileenRR
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Had been looking forward to reading this one for a while (her Caesar salad is named Julia‘s Caesar 😂) so maybe my level of excitement was too high. I liked it, but not as much as I had anticipated.
The Broiled Anything with Garlic and Parsley Butter was good, but the Rice Pilaf with Roasted Cabbage was only ok (maybe I don‘t like saffron?). Will try her Kinda Sorta Patas Bravas tomorrow night.

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Redheadrambles
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I decided if I was to review a new cookbook I needed to spend a decent chunk of time cooking from it.
This is really just my sort of cookbook very down-to-earth and unfussy. Some personal highlights for me from this were : Sour Cream Pancakes with Roasted Blueberries, Roasted Red Pepper and Pear soup, Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage, Turkey and Ricotta Meatballs, Chicken and Pea Skillet Pie and the Feel-Better-Soon Cookies.

Excellent!

MrsAHintz Those all look amazing! 🤤 2y
Redheadrambles @MrsAHintz thank you 😊 2y
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A very readable and gorgeous cookbook. Each recipe comes with a headnote (source of the "little victories" - those tips from an experienced chef to make the food really taste good or preparation easier) and ends with Spin Offs for ways to use leftovers or substitute ingredients in variations. It ends with a chapter with drinks and lists of meals, etc. A must-have if you love to read about your cooking and fans of Ruth Reichl's My Kitchen Year.

balletbookworm And as you can see, I've made a few things from it already (the pork loin + herbs and cream cheese and the fried-egg-atop-lemon-and-yogurt). I'll be giving the pancake recipe a whirl this evening for dinner (I'm a grown-ass lady and I can have pancakes for dinner if I want 😉) 3y
BookishMarginalia I agree! Pancakes would make a delicious dinner! 3y
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balletbookworm
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I love cookbooks that tell personal stories with the recipes. 💗 (There's a yummy-sounding roast chicken recipe which reminded me that @rebeccaschinsky judges a cookbook by it's roast chicken recipe 😼)

Audrey I just got this cookbook, along with a few others, last week. #cookbooklove 3y
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carissa_ray
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This was a total pleasure to read, can't wait to get in the kitchen!

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Christine
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I ❤️❤️❤️ cookbooks, and this is the one (among many fine cookbooks published in 2016) I am gifting this year. The writing, photos, and recipes are all SO beautiful, and anything of hers that I have cooked has been easy and delicious. 🍴📚🎁❤️

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kbkatherine
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My ultimate test of a good cookbook is if it's worth purchasing, after a test run of borrowing from the library. The answer with Small Victories is ABSOLUTELY YES. Turshen gives readers/cooks hundreds of recipes, techniques, and spin-offs in a familiar, easy-going manner that invites experimentation and joy in the kitchen.

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kbkatherine
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The whole gimmick of this book is to take a single recipe (in this case, chopped chickpea salad), identify a "small victory" (knowing when to use a shortcut, like dressing up canned beans with fresh veg instead of cooking dried beans), and then listing multiple spin-offs on said victory (white beans with shaved fennel, black-eyed peas with collards and peanuts, black beans with tomatoes and cilantro). Multiple variations in a single recipe. ?

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kbkatherine

Working my way through a library copy of Small Victories and thinking I need to buy my own... Already made the eggplant yogurt dip and it is delicious!