For this week’s What We’ve Been Reading, I have to give ups to a blog that I not only read regularly, but that is written by a girl who lives in the same bustling NYC borough that I live in: Brooklyn.
A Cook Grows in Brooklyn, written by Carrie King, is a collection of incredible recipes prepared by King in her Brooklyn home. Rather than just throw up recipes of her choosing and leave it at that, she goes into a little more depth with each recipe, providing step-by-step photos and giving insight into the whys and hows of her cooking. I always respect writers and chefs who provide that kind of explanation, and even more so writers who know how to use a camera. Warning: these photos will make your mouth water beyond your control.
A Cook Grows in Brooklyn has a very different breakdown than I have seen on other blogs. While most categorize by ingredient, course, season, etc., King makes her separation of content a little more provoking. With sections like Inspired By The Market, For The Weekend and Cooking Game-Changers, King shows that there is a serious amount of thought that goes into each post. Of the whole blog, my favorite section is Cooking Game-Changers, mostly because it is full of some really great tips for at-home chefs. How to infuse your own oil and the beauty of Parmesan cheese rinds are fantastic posts that I plan to use in my day-to-day cooking.
For some market-inspired dishes from King that are sure to get you in the mood to check out the greenmarket nearest you, read her recipes for Beet Pasta with Garlic Scapes and Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Bitter Greens. For those of you in a pickling mood, check out her recipe for Pickled Peppers.
For me, weekend cooking is always the most relaxed, and A Cook Grows in Brooklyn provides some great low-key but high-end recipes to prepare for any weekend occasion. Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Cheese is a perfect idea for a simple side dish, and Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Mint Syrup are great for Sunday morning breakfast. It is summer after all, so be sure to check out her recipe for Ice Pop Cubes, a surefire way to gussy up any and all warm-weather drinks.
We hope you love A Cook Grows in Brooklyn as much as we do! Have any food blogs that you read religiously? Let us know what they are in the comments below!