17 October 2020

Weekend Cooking: The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry

Review of The Full Plate by Ayesha CurryOne of my new favorite cookbooks from this fall is The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry, which I received as part of the Voracious Ambassadors Program. The idea behind this cookbook is easy, flavorful recipes that have wide appeal, are easy to adapt, and can be made in under an hour. I work from home and love to cook, but that doesn't mean I want to slave in the kitchen on a regular basis.

Curry's new cookbook is perfect for busy weeks and for those evenings when the more-elaborate meal I had planned is just not gonna happen. In my dishwasher-less house, I also appreciate that most of the recipes in The Full Plate require minimal pots and thus end in speedy evening cleanup.

You'll find a variety of flavors in The Full Plate, including tropical, Italian, Mexican, and American Southern. The vast majority of the recipes use ordinary ingredients you'll be able to find no matter where you live, and many of the pantry items are probably already in your kitchen.

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Here are some recipes I have marked to try: chicken Parmesan burgers; citrus-glazed salmon; shrimp fajitas; paprika chicken; beet, walnut, and goat cheese salad; and roasted pears with a vanilla caramel sauce. For dessert, I'd like to give her version of rice pudding a try, and there are also a few cocktail recipes that caught my eye.

The recipes directions are clearly written and should be accessible to almost all levels of cooks. Every recipe I've tried has turned out perfectly and was indeed completed in under an hour. One thing I look for in a cookbook is well-seasoned dishes; The Full Plate doesn't disappoint. No bland dinners here.

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Recommendation: Put Ayesha Curry's The Full Plate on your buy list or gift list. I know I'll be turning to it often, whether to make a recipe exactly as written or for a good idea when I can't think of what to make. One caveat, the recipes are meat and fish heavy, so vegetarians should borrow before buying.

For what to expect in The Full Plate, visit Ayesha Curry's website and browse her recipes. It looks like the site hasn't been updated in a while, but you can still get an idea of Curry's style.

Shared with Weekend Cooking, hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader (and Baker)

9 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks 10/17/20, 7:47 AM  

Ah, quinoa salad and rice pudding - sounds like the perfect meal! And I love the idea of easy but NOT bland! Thanks for the highlight!

Mae Travels 10/17/20, 8:29 AM  

Too bad it's not friendly to those of us who have reduced our meat consumption (Or were already vegetarians anyway). Since I am not a vegetarian -- just giving up meat for the moment -- that all looks super delicious.

be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

judee 10/17/20, 12:26 PM  

I'm sure I would find some recipes that would work for me, but I like the idea of borrowing not buying since it is meat and fish heavy.I'm with you on enjoying cooking but not wanting to spend all my time in the kitchen.

Deb in Hawaii 10/17/20, 1:29 PM  

Everything you made looks so tasty. I will see if my library has it and give it a try. ;-)

Jackie McGuinness 10/17/20, 3:03 PM  

Was wracking my brain where I had come across this book this week. AHA she is Canadian born and married to NBA star Steph Curry. I had read a local article about her book. I have put it on my TBR list at the library!

Marg 10/18/20, 1:40 AM  

Will have to see if my library has this. American cookbooks don't always make it to our shores.

Laurie C 10/18/20, 7:46 AM  

Google hates me this weekend! I can't seem to comment on Blogger blogs, and three previous attempts to comment here have apparently been unsuccessful! One last try...
Everything looks delicious! I don't think this cookbook would work well for me with my gluten-free limitations, but I will definitely take a look at it because I love the sound of the recipes. I'm willing to buy a cookbook if there are even just a few recipes that look like keepers.

JoAnn 10/18/20, 2:12 PM  

I'm sure my husband would love that lamb pasta dish, too. Thanks for the link to her website... I see several recipes there that look good.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 10/20/20, 7:56 AM  

I always want my cooking/prep time to be no more than an hour, in general, so this sounds like an interesting book.

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