Synopsis from Little, Brown, and Company:
Enjoy family-friendly recipes that are ready in no time, when you’ve got no time, from New York Times bestselling author, online phenomenon, and TV star Ayesha Curry.
Ayesha Curry knows what it’s like to have so much on your plate you can barely think about dinner. But she also knows that finding balance between work and family life starts with gathering around the table to enjoy a home-cooked meal.
The Full Plate brings the best of Ayesha’s home kitchen straight to you, with 100 recipes that are flexible and flavorful and come together in less than an hour. You’ll find sheet pan dinners and crowd-pleaser pastas, hearty salads and healthy updates to takeout favorites, and fresh spins on classic dishes-plus kid-friendly meals, desserts, and sides (and a few beverages just for the adults).
Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Crema
Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches
Sheet Pan Pork Chops
Guava Ginger Ice Cream
Spicy Margaritas, and more
About: The Full Plate was a cookbook written by Ayesha Curry. It was recently published on 9/22/2020 by Voracious, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, 256 pages. The genres are cookbook, nonfiction, and food. According to the publisher’s website, “We are Voracious: a new imprint at Little, Brown led by Editorial Director Michael Szczerban, launching our first list in Fall 2019. Our publishing interests are wide-ranging, but our books are driven by twin forces: appetite and curiosity. To us, books are a matter of passion. Our mission is to connect readers with what they love most—from politics and Instant Pots to irreverent advice and pop culture. Most of our books are illustrated, and all of them are designed to make readers pick them up and immediately engage with them. Our authors are artists, entrepreneurs, cooks, photographers, tastemakers, thought leaders, scientists, storytellers, historians, humorists—and more.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I have recently been introduced to cookbooks and I’m loving them so much! I have tried three dishes so far following The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry and they were delicious! It was unplanned that they all belonging in the seafood section. I might have had a craving for them. Following a recipe is highly recommended because they’re guaranteed to taste delicious! I loved the Scallops dish so much that I have made it twice in one weekend!
Here’s how my Scallops looked like. I’m amazed to have been introduced to lemon zest. I heard about it but have never tried. The aroma was delightful! The sauce to this dish was addicting. The jalapeño in it was fantastic. I’m drooling just thinking of it. I made the dish and honestly, I couldn’t finish posting about it on Instagram @howusefulitis until I have eaten 6 pieces of Scallops! It was so flavorful.
Below was the Garlic Shrimp I tried to make next. It turned out wonderful! I was really surprised how fast this dish took to cook. Look how simple the ingredients were. I didn’t even mince out my garlic. I just sliced and diced and it still tasted delicious. The recipe asked for chives but I have homegrown green onions so that worked out fine.
The last recipe I tried was Pancake-Battered Coconut Shrimp and it was again tasty. I haven’t eaten shrimp this way before because of the sweetened coconut the shrimp was sweet. But it’s also a little salty because the recipe asked to add some salt. It was delicious right after fried it. (Ignore the bourbon bottle in the ingredients picture. I actually substituted 2% milk for dark ale when I thought to substitute bourbon when I couldn’t located at the store).
I tried making the Black Pepper Steak but instead of using rib eye the author suggested I use beef tenderloin and instead of using onions and mushrooms I use broccoli because that’s what I have in the fridge. I loved the taste of the sauce!
Today, 11/15/20, I tried to cook lamb chops. I marinated yesterday and left it in the fridge overnight. It’s my first time ever to cook lamb chops and it tasted delicious!
On 11/20/2020 I tried to make fried rice, instead of chicken, I use shrimp. I even carved the pineapple just like the cookbook! Haha. I left out the raisins and curry powder. I cook the shrimp with the recipe from Cookish by Christopher Kimball.
I will continue to add more of my cooking from this cookbook here in the future as I tried out new recipes. I intend to eat everything in this cookbook! There’s the cocktail section in this cookbook too so I will have to try it out as well. I highly recommend everyone to cook following this cookbook because it has fancy meals to treat yourself and your family with. I can’t wait to try the lamb chop dish this weekend!
Something funny to laugh. I wondered why my unboxing video and pictures for this cookbook garnered a lot of views.. I finally decided to read up on the author’s info and was surprised to know that she’s a celebrity! I had no idea.. because I don’t watch TV.. but now I do! And the family photos within the pages of this cookbook of the author’s kids eating her cooking was so precious.
Another version of Black Pepper Steak substituted mushrooms for cauliflower. Dinner 12/4/20.
Pro: delicious recipes, easy to follow, tips on picking fresh seafood, tips on thawing seafood, family photos, real pictures of food, easy to make, easy to find ingredients, sauces from scratch
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Ayesha Curry is the New York Times bestselling author of The Seasoned Life, as well as a celebrated entrepreneur, television host, and restaurateur. She starred in ABC’s Family Food Fight and the EllenTube series Fempire, and is the co-owner of the International Smoke group of restaurants. She has has been featured in Food & Wine, Time, InStyle, Cooking Light, the Wall Street Journal, People, Parents, Good Housekeeping, and USA Today. She is mom to three children, daughters Riley and Ryan and son Canon, and wife to Stephen Curry. She lives in the Bay Area. (Photo and info obtained from Little, Brown’s website).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to cook and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.