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Best known as a long-stand­ing judge on Toron­to­born food writer Gail Sim­mons has an as­ton­ish­ingly var­ied CV. Her work has taken her fly-fish­ing in Alaska with Emeril La­gasse and rub­ber­neck­ing Sin­ga­pore street food with David Chang. Sim­mons’ de­but cook­book dis­tills her peri­patetic culi­nary dis­cov­er­ies into doable home-cooked dishes. The recipes in Bring­ing It Home run the gamut from break­fast (“Be­gin the Day”) through “Sal­ads & Veg­eta­bles,” “Noo­dles & Rice,” “Party Time! Snacks & Nib­bles” plus meats, sweets, soups, seafood and soft and hard drinks. Sim­mons also of­fers mul­ti­ple tips in­clud­ing a list of must-have gad­gets like, um… bak­ing sheets, cut­ting boards and knives. While ad­mit­tedly handy, one might rea­son­ably as­sume any­one game to wran­gle banana-car­damom up­side down cake with salty caramel or lamb chops à la par­illa with roasted grapes and sweet onions is al­ready hip to the value of Henck­els. Sim­mons’ asides on tech­nique (la­belled “Kitchen Wis­dom” and scat­tered through­out) of­fer more in­sight­ful in­tel on am­bi­tiously nav­i­gat­ing he kitchen.

Bring­ing It Home: Fa­vorite Recipes from a Life of Ad­ven­tur­ous Eat­ing, Gail Sim­mons with Mindy Fox, Grand Cen­tral Life & Style/ Ha­chette Book Group, $39.

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