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That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week: A Cookbook

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Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is sho Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is short, turn to quick stovetop suppers, one-pot meals, and dinner salads. And for the weekend, lean into lazy lunches, simmered stews, and hands-off roasts. Carla's dishes are as inviting and get-your-attention-good as ever. All the recipes--such as Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce or Chicken Legs with Warm Spices--come with multiple ingredient swaps and suggestions, so you can make each
one your own. That Sounds So Good shows Carla at her effortless best, and shows how you can be, too.


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Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is sho Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is short, turn to quick stovetop suppers, one-pot meals, and dinner salads. And for the weekend, lean into lazy lunches, simmered stews, and hands-off roasts. Carla's dishes are as inviting and get-your-attention-good as ever. All the recipes--such as Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce or Chicken Legs with Warm Spices--come with multiple ingredient swaps and suggestions, so you can make each
one your own. That Sounds So Good shows Carla at her effortless best, and shows how you can be, too.

30 review for That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week: A Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Bartiste

    Recipes sound good, but I made 5 of the recipes and only 1 was worth repeating--and it's hardly a unique recipe: chopped red cabbage with a mustard vinaigrette. I followed the recipes exactly, am a seasoned cook, and each of the recipes was bland, boring, and not anything I'd cook for anyone else, let alone repeat for my family. I also found some of the writing clunky. One pasta recipe says to cook the pasta to "very al dente" because it will cook the rest of the way when added to the sauce. But Recipes sound good, but I made 5 of the recipes and only 1 was worth repeating--and it's hardly a unique recipe: chopped red cabbage with a mustard vinaigrette. I followed the recipes exactly, am a seasoned cook, and each of the recipes was bland, boring, and not anything I'd cook for anyone else, let alone repeat for my family. I also found some of the writing clunky. One pasta recipe says to cook the pasta to "very al dente" because it will cook the rest of the way when added to the sauce. But then, Carla instructs us to stir the pasta into the sauce until the pasta is "very al dente"--what's the difference between these two? I knew the level of al-dente I wanted so followed my own instincts and the pasta was just right in tenderness, but the cook with less experience might certainly find this confusing. And while there were a few tips, nothing really throughout the book is all that interesting, new, or revelatory. Her 'spin' suggestions are fine, but after cooking 4 recipes exactly with the original ingredients suggested and finding all of them to be meh, I would worry that the 'spins' would be even greater taste-killers. I'm sorry to dislike the book so much, because I've always enjoyed Carla's videos--which is why I pre-ordered the book in the first place. And with so many cookbooks and cooking videos and instagram recipes, it's got to be challenging to offer a new take. I thought it would offer lots of fun recipes and fun takes on cooking, something we've all been doing A LOT over the last 15 months. But...not so much. Sorry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The title of this cookbook is perfect in my opinion. Whenever I browse through recipes and look at photos, I often will say that it sounds so good. I think this book is a great go to cookbook for finding recipes that one is in the mood for and will provide great tasting meals without too much fuss. I like how at the bottom of each recipe, a list is provided for ingredients one may need to shop for and one with ingredients one most likely has on hand. There is also a spin it suggestions for subst The title of this cookbook is perfect in my opinion. Whenever I browse through recipes and look at photos, I often will say that it sounds so good. I think this book is a great go to cookbook for finding recipes that one is in the mood for and will provide great tasting meals without too much fuss. I like how at the bottom of each recipe, a list is provided for ingredients one may need to shop for and one with ingredients one most likely has on hand. There is also a spin it suggestions for substituting or replacing an ingredient with something you might prefer or have on hand. I love the stovetop suppers chapter. There are many recipes that are drool worthy. Some of my favorites are the one-pot chicken and rice with blender green sauce, fat noodles with pan-roasted mushrooms and crushed herb sauce, and skirt steak with potatoes and black pepper-horseradish sauce. The salad section has some great ideas with charred broccoli with spicy avocado sauce being my favorite. The most drool-worthy section is the S is for Sunday Soup, Stew, & Sauce. I can't choose a favorite from this section as there are many that are good. The pictures has me wanting to eat the dish now. I think this cookbook is a great one to have on hand. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cat PB

    The food and recipes and a delight to look at 🥰 the same enthusiasm that we feel in her youtube channel seeps through the pages to us and makes us want to cook! An amazing cookbook!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara Brockunier

    Beautiful pictures ... they say that pictures say a thousands words and that you eat with your eyes first! And every photo made me want to try the recipes! Love that it is arranged by Weekday and Weekend recipes really makes it easy to use ... I like the recipes but I will say some had a little too much spice for me ... but it probably is not spicy to others. Think you will like this cookbook ... it lives up to the title. I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unb Beautiful pictures ... they say that pictures say a thousands words and that you eat with your eyes first! And every photo made me want to try the recipes! Love that it is arranged by Weekday and Weekend recipes really makes it easy to use ... I like the recipes but I will say some had a little too much spice for me ... but it probably is not spicy to others. Think you will like this cookbook ... it lives up to the title. I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Love Carla, love love love this cookbook. It’s structured by type of cooking – quick weekday meals you can throw together after work, longer-cooked dishes that are mostly hands-off so you can start them on a weekend day and then take a nap, dinner-y salads, nutrient-dense meals to help you feel better after a food-and-bev bender, desserts that make an impact without fussiness, snacks for day drinking. She encourages improvisation and using what you have on hand instead of going to the store for o Love Carla, love love love this cookbook. It’s structured by type of cooking – quick weekday meals you can throw together after work, longer-cooked dishes that are mostly hands-off so you can start them on a weekend day and then take a nap, dinner-y salads, nutrient-dense meals to help you feel better after a food-and-bev bender, desserts that make an impact without fussiness, snacks for day drinking. She encourages improvisation and using what you have on hand instead of going to the store for one ingredient. She’s just very chill, and I love that. I really liked her first cookbook (which won a James Beard Award), but this one is even more approachable and cookable. To illustrate how much I loved this: Typically I’ll read a cookbook cover to cover over a few months, and cook at least five recipes from it before I consider it “read.” I read this one in a week and cooked 10 recipes from it in the span of two weeks. I have tons more bookmarked, and I am so happy at the prospect of luxuriating in these fab dishes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Heywood

    I asked one person if reading all the extra story text of a cookbook and flipping through all the recipes counts as reading a book, and she said yes. so here we are. but we’re actually here because this cookbook made me cry (!) not once (!!) but three times (!!!) while reading. it’s clear that Carla and I share a mutual love language: cooking for others. it’s thread throughout the book, and I can’t wait to start testing the recipes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Outstanding format. I love Carla!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Juliet Farmer

    DNB

  9. 4 out of 5

    T

    I rate cookbooks on 2 criteria: 3-4 stars = want to try quite a few recipes found in the book 4-5 stars = will actually purchase a physical copy of it (or did purchase a physical copy of it) Contrary to the title, none of the recipes in this one sounded "so good" and I certainly wouldn't try any for any day of the week. Boring and uninspired. Don't bother wasting your time. I rate cookbooks on 2 criteria: 3-4 stars = want to try quite a few recipes found in the book 4-5 stars = will actually purchase a physical copy of it (or did purchase a physical copy of it) Contrary to the title, none of the recipes in this one sounded "so good" and I certainly wouldn't try any for any day of the week. Boring and uninspired. Don't bother wasting your time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rivka

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Coleman

  12. 5 out of 5

    Reed

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lifeisadance

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lagerfeld

  15. 5 out of 5

    Seren Pen

  16. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dan Langley

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Yi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  20. 5 out of 5

    EmilyKatherine

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Fleming

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diona Young

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claire Elizabeth

  25. 5 out of 5

    hilzap23

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  27. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Lacouture

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carlin Tran

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

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