Book Review: Seven Spoons

Seven Spoons“A Blogger Gets a Book Deal and Publishes a Cookbook. The Results Are Not What You Might Have Expected.” This could have been the click-bait title of this post, but the book does not deserve such title or such treatment. Seven Spoons by the Toronto-based food blogger Tara O’Brady, is the latest blog-cum-cookbook to have landed on my bookshelf and sadly, while I want to really love it, I don’t.

Seven Spoons is a contemptuous collection of recipes—many with ingredients not easily accessible by amateur cooks like me, unless you live in a big diverse city or go out of your way to find that “exotic” ingredient called for in the recipes. “I am less about innovation and more about getting supper on the table, doing so thoughtfully, and beautifully, too” writes O’Brady in the book’s introduction. With dishes like “specialty restaurant lentil kofta,” “braised beef with gremolata” and other labor-intensive recipes, getting supper on the table may not be as thoughtful or beautiful, if time is of essence to you. But if you live in a big city and have the time to make some of O’Brady’s recipes, you won’t be disappointed with the flavors, aromas and colors.

Like many of the cookbooks to have been published within the last five years or so, Seven Spoons is lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs that really bring out the ingredients in O’Brady’s dishes.  At 285 pages, I appreciated O’Brady’s worldly approach to cooking—incorporating a fusion of dishes, ingredients and techniques from cultures as far away as Lebanon, India and Vietnam—but this is not a book I will be turning on a daily basis. For special occasions? Absolutely!

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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