COM­ING UN­STUCK

Cuisine - - HIDDEN GEM - THOMAS HEATON

SARAH TUCK, FROM THE KITCHEN, H/B, $60

THIS BOOK IS based around be­ing un­stuck, or in a help­less place. Tuck speaks about re­cent strug­gles: her chil­dren have left home and so has her hus­band, leav­ing her feel­ing “unlov­able”. This is an an­thol­ogy of recipes that helped Tuck get through those times when she felt un­stuck. The food is some­times sim­ple, some­times a lit­tle more com­pli­cated, but al­ways com­fort­ing. The book’s chap­ters cover all the bases, plus there’s a very help­ful wee wine guide at the back, and most recipes give a brief in­sight into the cook’s life. There are recipes from her child­hood, like the per­fect scram­bled eggs, some she’s de­vel­oped for Cui­sine and Dish mag­a­zines, and oth­ers that will have you cov­ered when you’re home alone. Plenty of recipes for en­ter­tain­ing are in the book too, fol­lowed by the From The Kitchen blog­ger’s well-known sweets at the end. Whole or­ange cake, whiskey cho­co­late tart and rhubarb tiramisu are all en­tic­ing, ap­proach­able recipes to keep at the ready for your next en­ter­tain­ing op­por­tu­nity. This book was born out of strug­gle, but each page con­tains a feel­ing of hope and whimsy.

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