The Elizabeth Street Cafe cookbook by Tom Moorman, Larry McGuire and Julia Turshen was my selection for Cookbook of the Month during November, but from Thanksgiving forward, I barely had time to take a breath let alone find time to write this post. This French Vietnamese blend of cuisine felt like the perfect choice for a month that is normally all about classic comfort foods and traditional holiday dishes. We loved visiting the cafe when we traveled to Austin and I have been wanting to try more of the dishes we didn’t get to sample ever since.
The book is divided into the following sections:
Even though November itself was quite busy, I was able to try a decent selection of recipes from this book. This book is one that I flip through often but haven’t cooked from much before I had this dedicated time with it. Many of the recipes have multiple components and what appear to be long ingredient lists, but I think once you actually take the time to try them, they aren’t nearly as complicated as they might seem. Also, a good number of the recipes share components so you already have things prepped for more than one dish when you prep for one. A few recipes I really wanted to make I was unable to find the ingredients called for, which can be frustrating. Overall though, this was a delicious month that we loved and there are still more recipes I am dying to try in the near future.