Friday, January 25, 2013
My Year in Meals by Rachael Ray/My Year in Cocktails by John Cusimano
Both Ray and Cusimano chronicled all the meals and cocktails they made for an entire year and photographed the dishes with their own cameras without the help of a professional photographer and food stylist. Given that Ray has published so many cookbooks, I have to tip my hat to her for trying something new and different, but I'm not entirely sure this effort was a success, in my opinion anyway. When I look through a cookbook, I want the pages to be sleek and minimalist so as to let the food speak for itself. I found the pages of this cookbook to be much too busy and difficult to follow, with many different photos, dates, recipes, and fonts on each page. I didn't feel inspired to cook when thumbing through the pages of this book; I felt overwhelmed.
If there is a redeeming quality to this book, however, it's actually the My Year in Cocktails section. The pages in this section of the book have much less "stuff" and so the drinks can speak for themselves. And I have to say, I am quite impressed with the breadth of Cusimano's talent for mixology. All of the drinks in this section were creative and the pictures made me more thirsty for John's drinks than hungry for Rachael's food. If this book has a saving grace, I think that it was the fact that Rachael teamed up with her husband.
My Year in Meals/My Year in Cocktails by Rachael Ray and John Cusimano
Published: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Disclosure: My own book purchase