I started cooking for my family when I was in my early teens. My mother, who was an exceptional country cook, had to go to work, so the job fell to me. I asked her for advice now and then, but for the most part I learned to cook from books. I still have my first, a battered Betty Crocker that lost its cover over the years. So I have a particular fondness for cookbooks, andSeven Spoonsby Tara O’Brady is something special.
Ms. O’Brady is the author of the award-winning blogSeven Spoonsand has a regular column inUppercasemagazine, and her talent and experience shows; this is not just a collection of recipes, but abook, written with care and grace, about food, and what it means to cook in a home kitchen.Seven Spoonsis a beautiful book, with striking photography, and a clever layout. Ms. O’Brady gives us her thoughts on home cooking, ingredients, and introductions to her recipes. The recipes are wonderfully varied, showing a ton of of different style, from Indian to Italian to the Northwest of Canada, where Ms. O’Brady lives. She doesn't stint on technique either; frequently her recipes tell us about why and how she makes them, which is a huge bonus.
In her writing on food Ms. O’Brady is every bit as good as Anthony Bourdain, another one of my favorites, though the style and effect are as different as night and day. As I read this book I felt like was going into the kitchen of an old friend to hang out and knock back a few beers and cook together.
Ms. O’Brady covers all the bases as well, with insightful sections on tools, stocking the pantry, and wide variety of recipes, from breakfast, lunch,dinner, sides, soups, snacks, sweets, and staples. All in all, it’s not only a great cook-book, but a great book about cooking. I hope you consider adding this book to your kitchen library, it will be treasured for years.