‘Simple Beautiful Food’ that is easy

Overnight Brioche French Toast with Caramelized Bananas (Photo by Amy Phelps)

A professional cook brings her simple food home with “Simple Beautiful Food” by Amanda Frederickson.

Frederickson is author of “The Staub Cookbook” and co-author of 11 Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen cookbooks and popularized “Fridge Foraging” on Instagram.

In this cookbook, she brings recipes for simple and yet food stylist worthy dishes home.

The book is divided into 10 chapters: Recipes to Start Your Day, Long Lazy Brunches, The Fruits and Veggies, Light Bites, Snacks and Bar Bites, Pantry Pastas, Weeknight Eats, Sunday Suppers, Something Sweet and a sauces chapter with Flavor Gold.

Recipes to Start Your Day has breakfast dishes like Tropical Mango and Coconut Smoothie Bowl, Baked Eggs in Prosciutto Cups and Overnight Oats with Apples and Toasted Walnuts.

Long Lazy Brunches continues the day with Baked Croque Madame, Fruit Salad with Limoncello and Whipped Mascarpone Cheese and Oven-Baked Pancake with Lemon and Rhubarb.

The Fruits and Veggies brings Citrus Salad with Avocado, Roasted Pistachios and Mint, Cucumber Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Black Olives and Burrata and Melon Salad with Chili Powder, Mint, Lime and Flaky Sea Salt.

Light Bites include lunch dishes like Salmon and Avocado Nori Wraps, Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches and Herby Turkey Meatball Pitas.

Snacks and Bar Bites has appetizers such as Truffled Popcorn, Crispy Rice and Roasted Peanut Bars and Everything Bagel-Seasoning Phyllo Crackers.

Pantry Pastas whips up a meal quick with Parsley Pesto Pasta with Chickpeas and Ricotta Salata, Pasta with Artichokes, Basil and Brown Butter and Bucatini with Cauliflower and Bacon.

Weeknight Eats has dinners such as Zucchini and Eggplant Flatbread, Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and Chicken Skewers with Herbed Balsamic Marinade.

Sunday Suppers continues that trend with Creamy Risotto with Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Arctic Char with Herbs and Roasted Radishes and Mustardy Pork Tenderloin.

Something Sweet has desserts such as Orange Bread Crumb Cake, White Chocolate Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberry and Millionaire’s Tart.

I made Overnight Brioche French Toast with Caramelized Bananas. I love overnight french toast, which is honestly more like bread pudding, and fruit on it so it sounded perfect. I also bought brioche with chocolate chips in it, which made this extra special. As soon as I tried the caramelized bananas, this was a perfect bite. It is very rich, so this isn’t an everyday breakfast kind of thing, but a nice treat on a special weekend.

“Simple Beautiful Food” is published by Ten Speed Press. It is $22.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com


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