- Adriana Puckett
As a Fine Cooking magazine subscriber and fan, whenever the Fine Cooking team releases a new book I rush to check it out. The title of this new volume, Big Buy Cooking: The Food Lover’s Guide to Buying in Bulk and Using it All Up, appealed to me as a mom of four children who often shops at bulk warehouses like Costco. I was a little surprised to see that the “bulk” ingredients included such items as kalamata olives, brie, and mangoes….all of which I would consider a pricier gourmet option, not a weekday dinnertime staple.
The canned tomatoes chapter looks promising – you can pick up a six-pack of these at the warehouse store and make Marinara with Toasted Garlic & Rosemary, Braised Beef Braciola, and Smoky Tomato Soup. I inevitably end up with leftover capers after I buy a bottle to eat with lox & bagels, so now I know how to make Lemon Chicken Breasts with Capers, Caper-Tarragon butter to go with our steaks. The Blueberry chapter looks like a good resource for that glut of blueberries off the backyard bush in June, and the fingerling potato options may help my indecision when holding a 10-pound bag of fingerling potatoes wondering if I can possibly use them all. If any of these ingredients appeal to you, it's worth checking out this book to see the variety of ways that you can use them.