Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food by Jessica Merchant
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 2, 2014
Genres: Cookbook, Nonfiction
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The eagerly awaited first cookbook from the wildly popular blog How Sweet Eats
Jessica Merchant, creator of the popular food blog How Sweet Eats, has now created her first cookbook, Seriously Delish. Her playfulness jumps off the page in her inventive and incredibly delicious recipes, such as Amaretto–Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Toast Croutons, Mini Crab Cakes with Sweet Corn and Blueberry Salsa, and Fleur de Sel Caramel Bourbon Brownie Milk Shakes.
Her sense of humor, which brings millions of visitors to her site, shows through in chapter titles like “Breakfast (. . . for Dinner?)” and “Salad, Soups, and Vegetable-like Things (Ugh, if We Must).” Merchant makes food that people get excited about, nothing run-of-the-mill or expected. As an added bonus, all of the photographs in the book were taken by Merchant herself, giving her cookbook the personal touch that her fans love and newcomers will appreciate. Seriously Delish features imaginative recipes that are tasty and original and bring readers to a place where cooking becomes adventurous and food becomes fun.
I’ve been a follower of Jessica Merchant and her How Sweet Eats blog for quite some time now. I feel I’m pretty used to Jessica and her cooking habits.
Which is why I decided to borrow Seriously Delish instead of buying it. And I’m glad I did.
Although I’ve followed Jessica for years now, I’ve only made a handful of her recipes. Why? Because Jessica likes to (as she calls it) “trash recipes up” by making them more complicated, more expensive and/or changing the taste profile, etc. While I admit that I adore Jessica’s photography and find her commentary whimsical, the recipes are often much too complicated and/or lengthy for a typical meal.
The team who created Seriously Delish seemed to have tried diligently to encapsulate the whimsical and breezy nature of the How Sweet Eats blog. Sadly, one of the methods they used was something I consider close to a cardinal sin: over emphasis using fonts:
OMG. This drove me batty from the moment I laid eyes on it. And I did not read a lick of it. There are three different fonts. There are two different colors. Some words are both in bold and italics. Jesus take the wheel – this is just not right.
What was right were the tons and tons of beautiful photographs included. I have to admit that Jessica’s photography grabs me a lot more than her ingredients listings. Though I was a little put out when viewing photos like the one showing for guacamole. The photo – while gorgeous – shows a deconstructed pile of (admittedly beautiful) ingredients instead of actual guacamole.
After spending quite some time flipping around in the book, I’ve decided that Seriously Delish is more of a special occasion cookbook than a every day meal kind of book.