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Twenty Dinners

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A photographer (who happens to be an ex-restaurant cook) and an indie rock star (who happens to be an avid home cook) show you how to slow down your life by cooking beautiful, straightforward, but sophisticated, food for--and with--friends. 
     When he's on tour with his band, Grizzly Bear, what Chris Taylor misses most about home is the kitchen and the company. With his
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Clarkson Potter
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Don’t you love the cover? I know I do. That’s what first drew me to the book. Then I read the blurb and was sold!

The contents are… Introduction, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Then there are sections that cover Techniques & Terms & Handy Advice, Tools & Pantry & Shopping For Ingredients, the acknowledgments and the index. The Introduction tells us how the authors started cooking together etc.

Right after the Introduction there is there Chris’s Story, which starts with “I swear,
Jonna Gjevre
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Beautiful photography, but I did not find the recipes particularly inspiring.
Kim H.
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
"This is a cookbook by Chris Taylor, a musician, and Ithai Schori, a photographer. They are also cooks. One trained at home, the other trained in restaurants. They believe that great food is just what happens when you do simple things well. They believe that great meals are as much about the people you cook for and with as they are about the food. They believe that cooking can be a lazy, beautiful thing, and they want to show you why."

This gem of a description for Twenty Dinners is tucked away n
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Seasonal cookbooks seem to be all the rage these days but what does it really mean for the home cook? Well, it means a focus on quality. It also means an attempt to put together recipes that are appropriate for the season - lighter fare and grilling options for summer, homey comfort foods for winter - all taking advantage of items that are in season and at their peak in terms of flavor and abundance. As someone who lives in an area with a thriving community of farmers' markets and a real focus o ...more
The Bookend Family
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Down-home cooking, kicked up a few hundred notches.

I have worked as a cook a few times in the past, but most of my cooking has been done at home, in a variety of different kitchens. So I enjoy cookbooks that emphasize home-cooking, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better one than Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor, with Rachel Holzman. As the title suggests this book gives you twenty full meals, five for each of the seasons, with up to five courses, along with drinks, and sug
Lorelei Miller
"A photographer (who happens to be an ex-restaurant cook) and an indie rock star (who happens to be an avid home cook) show you how to slow down your life by cooking beautiful, straightforward, but sophisticated, food for--and with--friends."

This book features 20 full meals arranged seasonally that you can cook at home for or with your friends. Each recipe is accompanied by stunning photographs. The authors are pretty good about simplifying their food so it doesn't seem so difficult to make.

Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
"Twenty dinners! Twenty times I potentially do not have to wonder what to make for dinner!" - thought I and chose this cook book. It looked rustic, down to earth and appealing.

Undoubtedly it has very beautiful pictures that show not only food but also nature, friends and fellowship that will put you into calming, almost melancholic mood. The recipes are organized according to seasons. That is a great idea except for the authors did not necessarily choose seasonal vegetables. Somehow pickling tip
Virginia Campbell
I am a lifelong cookbook collector. One of my favorite "me moments" involves settling down in my reading spot with a fresh cup of coffee and a good cookbook. "Twenty Dinners" by Ithai Schori, Chris Taylor, and Rachel Holtzman is a wonderful read, full of deliciousness, and it took me out of my normal "cookbook zone". The relaxed look and feel of the book, with its lovely photos and simple layout, is a perfect accompaniment to the varied dishes and drinks presented page-by-page. Chris Taylor lear ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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I like the concept of this book and the layout. The photos are well done, not limited strictly to plated meals but artistic landscape shots as well. The meal plans are divided up by the four seasons and cover appetizers, main meal, dessert and a beverage suggestion.

As the title states this book features 20 meals, most of them simplistic enough for the average kitchen cook. There are a few meals with ingredients that are more expensive than I budget for weekly meal plans but nothing so exotic th
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I’m always looking for inspiration for easy menus, and when I received a review copy of Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor, I immediately knew that it was my kind of book. What’s best about it is that it is separated into sections for each season: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. It also has sections on wine and stocking your home bar. There are cocktail recipes and/or wine recommendations to go along with each dinner. The book is good not only for entertaining ideas, but also for ...more
Edythe Hamilton
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Need a refreshing cook book for all seasons? You have just found it inside the covers of Twenty Dinners. Divided into four seasons Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer with sections on techniques, tools, pantry, handy advice, and shopping for ingredients there are good pointers for purchasing and storing your food such as cheese, meat, fruits, and vegetables. The additional section, The Home Bar, which shares advice on setting up a beverage bar (tools, how-to-stock, mixing). The enticing menus have ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved looking through this cookbook. It was beautiful inside and out and is broken up into 20 meals spread over four seasons. I'm such a sucker for menu plans (love it when someone makes the decisions for me!).

However, don't expect to serve these up for a weeknight family dinner. Instead, these are involved meals with unusual ingredients and would be best for entertaining. Not sure how practical the book is for a home cook, but I like it enough that it might make a nice addition to my cookbook
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So easy to follow the twenty dinners displayed in this wonderful book. At least five courses with a beverage recipe too for each of the dinner menus. This edition included a section on helpful tools for the chef, the best items for the pantry and where to shop for special ingredients. Could you pass up a Lemon Verbena Tart of a cocktail called "Crickets at Night". I think I want to make this book mine.
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