It is always fun when I can share a recipe from a cookbook review, it is a little bit like sharing a secret with a friend. Although I couldn’t post the recipe for Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce, I hope it gave you a feel for the variety of recipes compiled in The Food52 Cookbook by Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs. To order, just click the book photo.
Secret Ingredient Beef Stew is listed below for your full review, and I would love to hear what you think about it.
Secret Ingredient Beef Stew refers to the secret ingredient of anchovies, which provide umami—a stealth add-in to soups, sauces, and stews for that unique savoriness you know you like, but you can’t quite describe. Far more subtle than a pizza topping, the anchovies in this recipe boost the beefiness and meld the remaining ingredients to create one tasty dish.
Instead of serving the stew with biscuits or other heavy carbs, we chose roasted sweet potatoes as a simple complement. The sweetness balanced the acidic tones of the beef and root vegetables so well I can’t imagine making the stew without them (shown in the above photo).
Now, on to the recipe …
What’s up next?
Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart, and One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf, are slated next, so be sure to stay tuned!
Disclosure and review philosophy:
While I am not compensated for this review, I did receive the cookbook free of charge. It is my goal in any review to highlight what I find positive about the book; I have no desire to be critical of recipes that do not appeal to me. Instead, I offer insights to recipe steps, ingredients, and overall “feel” from the book. If what I have to say sounds good or reasonable to you, we probably share a similar taste in food. It does not make one person right or wrong, as taste is personal and subjective.
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