Cook This Now by Melissa Clark

Cook This Now

"This collection of brilliantly conceived, seasonally driven recipes has quickly become one of my favorites. Easy to prepare and incredibly satisfying, this is inventive comfort food at its best. A must for any passionate home cook."-Gwyneth Paltrow, author of My Father's Daughter"Fig Snacking Cake Stupendous Hummus Whatever Greens You've Got Salad I want all of it! Melissa's smart, welcoming style and love of food infuse this wonderful cookbook....

Details Cook This Now

TitleCook This Now
Release DateOct 4th, 2011
PublisherHachette Books
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Reference, Nonfiction

Reviews Cook This Now

  • Robin
    My mother-in-law and I joke about how we are "the type of person" who can take a cookbook to bed and read it like a novel. This is exactly the right type of book for that sort of thing. Melissa Clark writes about food the way I dream about it, or maybe it's the way I dream about a different type of life. It's a reminder that people live their lives in all kinds of ways. Reading Clark's cookbooks is like reading a novel because her approach is so ...
  • Michele
    I'm reviewing cookbooks because I have to get one as a gift for somebody next month. I'm judging this one purely on aesthetics since I didn't try any of the recipes. the pictures and layout weren't great. I like a lot of very high quality pictures in my cookbooks. I basically want them to be food porn. especially since I don't see the point of buying cookbooks. just rent them (from the library), copy the ones you want for personal use, and return...
  • A. S.
    In “Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make,” Melissa Clark, best known as a New York Times dining section columnist, shares some of her favorite seasonal recipes. The recipes are divided by months and seasons, with a separate section dedicated to Bonus Recipes. Each section starts with the author’s re-collection of her cooking habits for this particular season, and then continues on with the actual recipes. Aft...
  • Rhea Marie
    Every single recipe I have made from this book has been delicious! The berry pudding with rose custard made me want to cry it was so good. All the recipes have been easy and accessible. Roasted cauliflower with cumin and yogurt converted me into a cauliflower fan - I ate the whole head of cauli right then and there. The chapters are per month of the year so it's easy to find a seasonally appropriate dish. The only recipe I didn't like too much wa...
  • Robin
    This is a terrific book. The recipes are fantastic. They're sophisticated and straightforward and delicious and several are already in my arsenal (Hello roast chicken with Moroccan chickpeas and carrots, and the homemade mallomars? worth every second.) Melissa's writing is, as usual, warm and approachable and immediate. And after each recipe there are variations and twists and ways to adjust the recipe to meet your needs/wishes. Plus, it's all se...
  • Kristen Lo
    Every home cook needs this book. Clark's stories are great and her recipes and easy and yummy. I first learned about it in Food & Wine's Best of the Best (they featured 5 recipes from it), and I had to go out and buy it-- I've been cooking from it all year, and it is organized by season so eating seasonally is easy.
  • Stephanie
    I've always enjoyed Clark's NYT recipes and am happy to add some of these to my repertoire.
  • Naomi
    I was not impressed with this cookbook, AT ALL. When I am evaluating a cookbook I look for three things. First, how appealing are the recipes to my family? Second, how available are the ingredients needed to prepare the foods? Third, how involved are the recipes? I found with this recipe book, the greater majority of the recipes were pretty exotic from a "family" perspective. Although some of them looked good, I know that they would not fly in th...
  • Marya Kowal
    I loved the idea. A cookbook from a famous chef, arranged by season, with recipes chosen for irresistibility.Um. I guess irresistible means different things to different people. I'd label this one frou-frou...and mama don't do frou-frou.Most of the recipes call for unusual ingredients...and I cook lots of different ethnic foods, so I was surprised to see that these recipes would have sent me to store after store. Not the kind of cooking I look fo...
  • Gretchen
    I don't know why I can't warm up to this book. I usually love reading cookbooks and was excited when I received this as a gift. I feel a bit misled by the title--I thought it would be full of dishes to make for dinner tonight, but it is arranged by season. I have to wait to make most of them. I understand the set-up, but the title could have been more clear. This book also suffers from my greatest pet peeve about cookbooks--a disappointing lack o...
  • Ashley
    I heard Melissa Clark on NPR about a month ago, and all the recipes she discussed sounded amazing. Her book was a little less inspiring. Many of the recipes had ingredients I was unfamiliar with and that are too expensive for me to buy a whole bottle or package of, only to find out I don't like it or won't use it again. She is a huge advocate for farmers' markets, which is great, but there aren't any of the sort she describes near me. I like that...
  • Laura
    I love her writing style, and thought these recipes were very well-organized and good. My problem with this book is that most of the recipes require lots of ingredients, and many that I don't have handy in my kitchen. So, if you're picking up this book to use during the week, you may not be able to use it with what you have in the kitchen. Also, some of the recipes were a little sophisticated for my audience;)If you have daily access to a greenma...
  • Karen
    Fruits and vegetables are naturally seasonal, so it's refreshing to have a cookbook that reminds of this and gives a month-by-month selection of recipes to try. I enjoy the personal anecdotes on family and farmers markets, as well as the suggested variations and substitutions. It's an entertaining read that makes me feel like I'm preparing to cook with a friend.I've started making my own notes on recipes I've tried so that I might try them in a d...
  • Megan
    This cookbook is just as intoxicating, if not more so, than In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love. I kept a stack of bookmarks handy, and went through all of them before reaching the end of the book. I'm in love with her bulgur "pilaf" with Swiss chard and dried apricots; easy, healthy, tasty.
  • Jenn
    I thought this book would be full of easier, faster recipes for those of us "on the go". It had a lot of great recipes in it, but most were all big on time and ingredients I don't usually use in my recipes. If you're looking for something gourmet and new, this is the book for you. I didn't care for it because I need a different type of recipe. I must say, though, the author did provide a lot of insight on her life and how and why these recipes wo...
  • Ashley Tirey
    The recipes I've made from this have all turned out well, although I find the ones in her earlier cookbook a little easier to follow. However, I enjoyed this book as a reading experience, too. Her " sustainable" focus in this book could have easily been too preachy, but for the most part, I found the explanations for each recipe's inclusion to be engaging and fun to contemplate. I can't wait to move back to the US and have some of her ingredients...
  • Shoshana
    These four stars are tentative until I try a few more recipes, but I really liked the kale with anchovies, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmesan. Simple, but I hadn't thought of putting anchovies in sauteed veggies, and Melissa Clark had. Anyway, there are at least 20-30 recipes in here I want to try, which is very promising! And I enjoyed her fairly straightforward voice. Even though she's a NY Times writer, haha.
  • Heather
    May alter the rating after doing more of the recipes, but I am very impressed with her knowledge of anything cooking. I also like her writing style. She has impressive credentials and comes highly rated. I did find her combinations to be very 'weird".
  • Kathleen
    THIS now, is a very hands-on, fun without being overwhelming collection. Just paging through it, there were 8 recipes I wanted to try (and owned the ingredients for!) right away.Next on my kitchen shelf.
  • Jennifer
    Lots of great ideas and inspired me to think a little more creatively about the foods in season at different times of the year.
  • Linda
    Recipes are very enticing for me to try!
  • Debbie
    The sign of a really good cookbook is that it hardly has any pictures of the finished products and I still love it and am excited to try my hand at many of the recipes inside.
  • Carolin
    I love Melissa Clark's recipes: simple, but amazing
  • Jamie
    Must make: cumin seed roasted cauliflower with salted yogurt, mint and pomegranate seeds (p. 294)Also maybe the mallobars (p. 34)
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Borrowed copy from library..big mistake because I hate to take it back..I'm going to end up buying it :) Great book. Ms. Clark makes seasonal food interesting and fresh.
  • Shannon Ramos
    Delicious and inspiring recipes, started following the videos on NYTimes a while back. One of my favorites and i have lots of cook books
  • Beka
    I actually want to give this 3.5 stars. I would give it 4 stars if only it had more pictures. Still, there's plenty of lovely recipes and the pictures that are there are wonderful.
  • Carolyn
    I just love picking up cookbooks and trying out new recipes. This has been a really successful one for me!!
  • J L's Bibliomania
    Tried this cookbook out of the library and enjoyed trying 1-2 new recipes. I'm looking forward to purchasing a copy of my own