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Things we love: good food, easy recipes and Molly Baz’s new cookbook, Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat. Why? Oh, because it’s full of uncomplicated yet delicious recipes and the essential tools and tips that will make you a better cook.
Take this recipe for green beans with garlicky pistachio vinaigrette as an example. Sure, it’s a tasty new way to eat green beans (which are usually served hot), but it’s also a prime lesson in blanching. As Baz explains, green beans are tough and fibrous when raw, so a quick cook in boiling salted water, followed by plunging in an ice bath, will tenderize their texture but preserve that appealing bright green color. The vinaigrette is really just gilding the lily.
Reprinted from Cook This Book. Copyright © 2021 by Molly Baz. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Taylor Peden and Jen Munk. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.
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