Oh, Seven Spoons. How I’ve wronged you. You’ve been lingering on my book shelf for nearly two years and I’ve never mentioned you here. Not once. That is a bit of a disservice.

OK, full disclaimer. I love this cookbook. Every so often, I pull it from my bookshelf and leaf through it. The writing and photography are beautiful and elegant. The food is exceptional and I would dearly love to order it in a restaurant. Therein lies the problem. I’d love to order it in a restaurant but, until now, I haven’t really wanted to actually cook it myself.

The problem? While every dish that intrigues me sounds delicious, many of them also sound a little time consumptive. Time is at a premium these days. However, I decided to give this book a second look. I love beautiful and delicious food. Seven Spoons certainly delivers on that front. So why not?

Below, are the items on my To Make list. I’ll work through them as time and will dictate.

On My ‘To Make’ List:

  • Huevos a l Plaza de Mercado
  • Chia Pudding with Fruit and Golden Honey Elixir
  • Messy Bistro Salad with Spanish Fried Egg and Crispy Capers
  • A Burger Treated Like a Steak
  • Esquites and Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
  • Spiced Candied Nuts
  • Five-Spice Steak
  • Broccoli Rabe with Bagna Cauda
  • Baked Irish Mash
  • Roasted Grapes with Sweet Labneh
  • Coconut Kheer with Bronzed Pineapple
  • Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream w/ Candied Cacao Nibs & Espresso Caramel
  • Lime Ginger Ale