That’s right…this is a cookbook review. Not only will I tell you all about the book, but I’ll show you how the recipes turned out!
Every cooking fan knows who Bobby Flay is. He hosts TV shows, competes in cooking competitions, writes cookbooks, and runs restaurants. He’s also a really nice guy.
I’m an average home cook and baker who’s open to learning new kitchen skills. I thought Bobby’s 2019 cookbook featuring “Fearless Flavors from My Kitchen” could be my next cooking adventure. Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson co-wrote this book with Flay, adding their own family recipes to the mix.
Flay dedicated this book to his mother, Dorothy Flay. This goes to show that this really is a family-style, home cooking, collection of recipes.
There’s no way around it, a cookbook must have pictures to reel me in and Bobby at Home features some incredible photographs. The only downside here is that I want a full-page shot of every single recipe, but unfortunately that would probably make this tome exceed 500 pages. So Flay and his team keep it to about half that length and do a good job featuring enough recipes in photo format that I am satisfied.
Here’s the table of contents for Bobby at Home:
- Bobby’s Essential Pantry and Equipment
- Breakfast & Brunch
- Snacks & Appetizers
- Vegetables & Sides
- Pizza & Pasta
Each of the food sections starts off with a sub-table of contents and a really nice write-up about what Flay likes to cook and why he included these specific recipes. Then, each recipe gets a good bit of dialogue giving advice or a personal story from Bobby, Sally, Stephanie, or their family.
So, are you ready to get to the food? Here are the first few recipes I’ve tried from Bobby at Home!
Calabrian Chile Crab Spaghetti with Garlic Bread Crumbs
I was really excited to try this pasta dish. I love crab and I love carbs, so it’s a match made in heaven!
This seafood feast calls for the addition of anchovy. I’m not going to lie… I was nervous. I’ve never eaten anchovy let alone cooked it myself. But everything else in this recipe was pretty straightforward and simple. Seafood spaghetti with a hint of spice and a crunch of garlic bread crumb topping.
I understand why Flay likes to cook dishes like this for his family. They are simple but incredibly good and hearty!
Roasted Button Mushrooms with Garlic-Parsley Butter
Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods to cook at home, so I was really pleased Flay included them here. This recipe for roasted mushrooms is very simple and makes the perfect side dish. The entire recipe is only 4 steps. Other than chilling the garlic-parsley butter overnight, you could make this dish in about 40 minutes and 30 of those are waiting for them to cook.
“Don’t toss out the mushroom stems: store them in a zip-top plastic storage bag in the freezer to use for a mushroom stock or soup.”-Bobby Flay
This mushroom recipe gets extra credit for using simple ingredients. 9 to be exact. I already had everything except fresh mushrooms at my house. This is wonderfully hearty and delightful.
Baked Clams Barcelona
This one got me feeling adventurous. I’ve never made clams before, so this seafood appetizer was tricky.
The good news is that clams are actually pretty easy to cook and you’ll know they’re done when they pop open. The bad ones don’t open and should be thrown away. This recipe is a bit more complex and requires quite a list of ingredients including clams, chorizo, panko bread crumbs, plenty of shallots and garlic, plus some pantry staples.
I can’t describe how beautiful this dish looks. These clams are absolutely stunning presented in half of a shell. Perfect finger food for a grab-and-go appetizer. Delicious and flavorful.
So What’s Next, Bobby?
I absolutely recommend Bobby at Home to any level home cook. Don’t be intimidated by new ingredients or cooking methods. Bobby and team have got you covered.
Coming soon in my home will be Grilled Baby Eggplants with Fresh Ricotta and Farm Stand Tomatoes, Dorothy’s Chocolate Martini, and Roasted Peaches with Mascarpone.
It looks like there’ll be a lot more food coming from my kitchen very soon!