Monday, February 26, 2018

Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook - Kerry Diamond & Claudia Wu

Summary: Recipes & stories from 100 of the most creative and inspiring women in food today

It's the first-ever cookbook from the team behind Cherry Bombe, the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today, including:

Mashama Bailey, chef of The Grey
Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Melissa Clark, New York Times columnist and cookbook author
Amanda Cohen, chef/owner of Dirt Candy
Angela Dimayuga, executive chef of Mission Chinese Food
Melissa & Emily Elsen, founders of Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Karlie Kloss, supermodel and cookie entrepreneur 
Jessica Koslow, chef/owner of Sqirl
Padma Lakshmi, star of Top Chef
Elisabeth Prueitt, pastry chef and co-founder of Tartine and Tartine Manufactory 
Chrissy Teigen, supermodel and bestselling cookbook author
Christina Tosi, chef and founder of Milk Bar
Joy Wilson, of Joy the Baker
Molly Yeh, of my name is yeh

The Cherry Bombe team asked these women and others for their most meaningful recipes. The result is a beautifully styled and photographed collection that you will turn to again and again in the kitchen. (Summary and pic from goodreads.com)

I was given a free copy of this book from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: There is pretty much nothing cooler in the world than the premise of this cookbook—a collection of recipes and stories from 100+ of the most creative and inspiring women in food today. I mean—don’t you just want to go out and get this book? You should. It’s really cool and I feel like I’m part of the cool girls club just owning it. Here are a few amazing things:

1.      The cover of this book. It’s beautiful—it’s the prettiest pink and it is made out of this really thick material that makes it feel old timey in the best way—like it could be passed down from mother to daughter and on and on because it’s meant to last and look cool forever. It has beautiful gold writing and a big cheery cherry on the front. There is no mistaking this book that it’s written for women. It’s like a siren call for women who collect cookbooks, I’m telling you. It’s the prettiest thing.
2.      The premise? Love it. I own quite a few cookbooks. I consider myself somewhat of a collector, actually, and I have a wide variety. One would look at my cookbook stash and wonder what the heck I’m going for, but I just believe that I want All The Cookbooks. That being said, I think collaborative cookbooks are a lot of fun, especially when they come together for a really fun premise. I love that these recipes and stories are from top women in the culinary field. I can’t speak to what they’re thinking, but I imagine they were also pretty happy to be a part of such a hip collaboration of their peers. If I were a chef, I would want to be asked to be in this cookbook.
3.      The recipes are a really nice, wide variety of a lot of different things. As you can imagine, there are as many different recipes in this cookbook as there are women in this cookbook. There are recipes from different cultures, areas, varying cuisines, varying styles, varying difficulties. It’s just a really fun, eclectic combination. That being said, many of these recipes look amazing and like something I would totally do (and have done), while there are others that are maybe not something I’ll ever try. Some of the ingredients are difficult to acquire, and the techniques might be more than I’m ready to try (and I’m a pretty knowledgeable home cook), but I still like having them. It’s not the kind of book where I’m telling people that I LOVE every recipe in there because I make them and try them every night, but it is the kind of cookbook that has got some amazing recipes and I’m keeping it for that, let alone the fact that—did I mention this?—that it’s the pretties thing ever. It makes me want to organize my cookbooks by color, which would be super fun and something I would do if I possibly had a place to do that. But I don’t. But I like having this in my kitchen because people think I’m part of the cool girls club.

If you are a person who collects cookbooks (especially if you are a person who collects cookbooks) YOU NEED THIS RIGHT NOW. It is beautiful. It is timeless. It is super cool. Really. You won’t be disappointed. If you are a person who only buys cookbooks because you’re going to use every.single.recipe then maybe you should check it out before making the purchase (it is a little expensive because it’s hardbound and very large), but I still think you’d be happy, especially because you’d be getting a whole bunch of top women chef’s favorite recipes, and that alone is worth a lot. Also: check out their podcast of the same name, “Cherry Bombe.” It’s innovative. It’s creative. It’s inspiring.

My Rating: 4 Stars

For the sensitive reader: This book has some language.

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