When I first saw the cover for Cherry Bombe, The Cookbook, my first thought was “is this just a collection of cherry recipes?” A quick look proved me very, very wrong.
From its website:
Cherry Bombe celebrates women and food through our biannual magazine, the weekly Radio Cherry Bombe podcast, and our Jubilee conference. What rocks our world? Sharing the stories of everyone from industry icons to notable newcomers, encouraging creativity in the kitchen, and bringing the Bombesquad together whenever possible. Our first cookbook, featuring 100+ recipes from 100+ of the most inspiring women around, will be out this October from Clarkson Potter.
And per the book’s index, there only appears to be six recipes with cherries in them. (Just in case you were dying to know.)
So then… what is in this book? That’s the real question, isn’t it? I’m happy to report that I literally got the last review copy available from Blogging for Books to satisfy my curiosity and yours.
The thing about this book: It’s pretty diverse in terms of recipe selection and sophistication. It makes me really look forward to cooking from this book. (No recipe testing yet at this time. My attention is still held by Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker book.)
The chapters are standard: Mains, Soups and Salads, Sides, Apps/Snacks/Sips, Cookies/Cakes/Pies, and Sweet Treats.
Here’s a sampling of what I’m looking forward to and why:
- Pink Spaghetti with Beet and Ricotta Sauce – I like beets but rarely cook them. Plus, this recipes has only 10 ingredients, two of which are salt and boiling water. It seems very approachable.
- Filipino Vinegar Chicken – What Filipino food I have, has always been pretty delicious. I would love to become more familiar with it.
- Shroomy Cheeseburgers with Maple Thyme Caramelized Onions – Just the title alone sounds amazing. While more complicated than the burgers I normally make, nothing immediately looks scary or impossible.
- Chicken Meatballs in Roasted Lemon Broth – The broth is nothing that readily makes sense to me. Broth ingredients are lemons, olive oil, shallot, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, chicken broth, dried mint, potatoes, cipollini onions, and spinach. I can’t imagine how this tastes, so I feel the need to make it.
- Roasted Asparagus and Scallions with Burrata – I recently had dinner at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck, NY. My plate was fish with grilled bok choy, grilled scallions, and green goddess dressing. I was surprised at how mild the grilled scallions were. I imagine that roasted scallions will the same, and I bet it’s delicious with asparagus and burrata.
- Best Friend Cheesecake – Overall, it’s a straightforward and basic cheesecake recipe. That’s not a bad thing.
- Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie – Submitted by Joy Wilson, aka Joy the Baker. Also, sweet potato pie will always be my favorite pie ever.
- Irish Soda Bread – Interestingly, this falls into the Sweet Treats chapter. I think it appeals to me just because this recipe is baked in a 9×5 pan. I like baking in my loaf pan. I bake a lot of recipes in it that were meant to be muffins and such.
Other comments about the physical book, and not the content: I suspect that the cover will be prone to wear and tear. I haven’t even owned this book for 24 hours yet, but the corners of the front look like they’ve seen better days.
Every recipe has an accompanying photo. The general style of the photography reminds me of current day Bon Appetite – a bit more HDR looking, a bit too brightly lit. It’s not my favorite style, but I know it appeals to others.
As I ponder which cookbooks to cull from my collection, I feel confident that Cherry Bombe will stay in it. There’s just too many recipes I legitimately want to try.
Disclaimer – I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I’m not getting paid for this post.