"Half Baked Harvest Every Day" | Reviewed by Chris Stuckenschneider
While I don’t spend as much time in the kitchen as I did when our children were growing up, I’ve become an enthusiastic fan of Tieghan Gerard’s recipe books and blog. In late March, she published her newest book, “Half Baked Harvest Every Day.” It’s fast becoming a staple I turn to for practical, unfussy meals that don’t require trips to specialty supermarkets for hard-to-find ingredients.
I would be sold on Tieghan even if her newest cookbook weren’t so beautiful and user-friendly. You see this young woman lives in a converted horse barn in Colorado, and I’m a longtime horse lover. The photos around her home, in her garden and the like, are as lush as the yummy ones she uses to illustrate her recipes, 120 stellar choices to be exact.
After a chummy introduction, in which Tieghan writes about the big family she’s from, and what food means to her, she launches into her book’s sections: breakfast; appetizer & sides; pasta & pizza; vegetarian; chicken; beef; fish & seafood; and dessert.
To help with choosing recipes, Tieghan also includes icons for each: 30 minutes or less; one-pan; pantry ingredients; dairy-free; gluten-free; refined sugar-free; and vegetarian.
Each recipe also includes a sidebar in which Tieghan offers a bit of her personal history with the recipe, her impetus for including it, or background on the origin of a recipe, like Beef Picadillo.
Recipes I can’t wait to try include lemon rosemary chicken, sheet pan French toast, shredded Brussels sprout salad, roasted red pepper Bolognese, sweet potato nachos, salty chocolate pretzel rye cookies—the list goes on and on.
The cookbook has been so popular that folks meet at Neighborhood Reads to try out recipes from “Half Baked Harvest Every Day.” Each participant in the cookbook club fixes a recipe from the book and brings it to share. The group meets again on Sunday, May 15th. To reserve a spot, contact Neighborhood Reads for details.