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 that I need a specialty store. Lots of suggestions on substitutions which is great in case you don’t like a particular ingredients or are out of stock in your pantry or crisper.
In some cases the suggested beverages are a particular red wine but others have recipes for cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks. There are several pages devoted to brewing good coffee, how to stock a home bar and an introduction to different wines. Very comprehensive.
Although a gorgeous book to peruse there won’t be many meal plans I’ll prepare in full. This would be a book I would check out of the library rather than purchasing but that’s my personal preference.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions, nice and no-so-nice are my own 🙂