5 IN 5

5 In 5 For Every Season by Michael Symon

A few things that I look for when deciding to purchase a cookbook is whether their are plenty of pictures and if the recipes have minimal ingredients. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE to cook but I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. I have a 8 year old who keeps me on the go so I chose Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symon, cohost of The Chew, with Douglas Trattner as my next book to review. Who doesn’t like quick recipes, right?

The recipes are organized by season so if you’re trying to save money and shop based on what’s in season then he has laid it out for you. He has also included a holiday recipe section to help your dinner parties go a little smoother. He has gathered 165 recipes, each has 5 fresh ingredients with about 5 minutes of heat time. The 5 fresh ingredients do not include the oil or seasonings that are not considered fresh so most of the recipes have more than 5 ingredients.

While I haven’t tried any of the recipes, I have to be honest, I’m not sure if I will. It’s just a lot of recipes that don’t appeal to me. Anchovy doesn’t seem appetizing to me and I don’t eat pork, well with the exception of bacon, so I can do without those recipes. I’m wondering if their are more pork recipes included because it doesn’t take as long to cook pork. Another letdown is the lack of pictures. Not every recipe has to have one but yes I do want the majority of the recipes to have a picture included. The 2 recipes that I probably will try have pictures included which are the Thai-Style Shrimp Salad and the Autumn Panzanella. Don’t they say you eat with your eyes first, well these 2 recipes look delicious!

Well if I haven’t deterred you from purchasing this book, yet piqued your interest you’ll have to wait a little longer because it’s not available to purchased until September 22, 2015. If you do purchase it please let me know your thoughts.


FTC disclaimer: “I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”