Review: Good Taste by Jane Green

Author: Jane Green
Published: October 4, 2016
Publisher: NAL
Hardcover, 192 pages
ISBN: 9780399583377
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Publisher


A lush and gorgeous guide to all things food and entertaining from New York Times bestselling author Jane Green.
Jane Green’s life has always revolved around her kitchen...
... from inviting over friends for an impromptu brunch; to wowing guests with delicious new recipes; to making sure her ever-on-the-move family makes time to sit down together. For Jane, food is enjoyable because of the people surrounding it and the pleasures of hosting and nourishing those she cares about, body and soul.
Now, Jane opens wide the doors of her stunning home to share tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy yet classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes, ranging from tempting hors d’oeuvres like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup, to mouthwatering one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken, to sinfully satisfying desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake.
This book is Jane’s perfect recipe for making a wonderful life complete with friends, loving family, and moments filled with good food, good times, and, of course, Good Taste.

My Thoughts:

The kitchen, for most people, is a place of gathering. On holidays, my family tends to gravitate toward the kitchen as a place to hang out. Maybe it's the delicious-smelling food. Maybe it's the memories of times gone by. Of being a child and trying to sneak a taste of whatever is cooking. Actually, I still do that. Bacon is not safe around me. But there's something magical that happens in a kitchen when friends or family is visiting. Food, laughter, good conversation always seems to happen when two or more are gathered in a kitchen.

Before I start to tell you about Jane Green's new cookbook, I have a confession. I'm not a great cook. I'll never be a Julia Child or a Martha Stewart. Long, complicated recipes scare me. Also, like so many people, I don't have a lot of time for meal preparation. I like easy, but delicious food. Though sometimes, when I do have the time, I like to experiment and spend more time and thought on the dishes that I make. So that's what I look for in a cookbook: simple and delicious recipes. And Jane Green's Good Taste fits the bill.

Jane Green has been on the New York Times Bestseller list at least sixteen times. She's currently working on her eighteenth novel. She contributes to many online and print publications, she's on television, including GMA and the Today Show, among many other things. So Jane Green understands what it's like to be ultra busy. And I think she kept that in mind while creating this cookbook.

Good Taste is full of mouthwatering recipes. The cookbook is broken up into three sections: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings. Each recipe looks pretty easy, with easy to find ingredients no matter where you live. Also, accompanying almost every recipes is a note from Jane. Each note is crafted either giving a sort of commentary on the recipe or an endearing or funny story. The photographs that go along with the recipes are wonderful. You salivate just looking at them. Through Jane Green, I've found a new cookbook that my family will enjoy. It gives a new twist on some of my older recipes.