It should come as no surprise that I’m talking about Michael Symon again today and I can’t tell you enough how happy I was to be given the opportunity to review his newest cookbook, 5 in 5 For Every Season. I’m a huge Symon fan having watched him on the Food Network when we actually had cable. Now we get to catch him on Hulu Plus as they stream The Chew.
A few years ago I went down to Ohio to celebrate my birthday. It was a great trip and we had one mission – to check out Lola’s. Sadly, we never made it to Lola’s despite our honest effort. But, it wasn’t a total loss because we were able to check out some really cool sites like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dervish, Winking Lizard and my foodie fave, The Melt.
It was a real dream come true when we went to Roast in downtown Detroit to celebrate my 40th birthday in July. I have to tell you guys, because I can’t stop thinking about how amazing that place was – it changed my life. Seeing food created with such love and care, to see a staff which truly loved their job, and the meal. Damn, that meal. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but that meal was the most amazing thing I had ever eaten. But, it ruined me. Since that time we’ve eating out again. And, I sit there chewing my food wondering why I even bother. Why treat myself to a boring meal once every so often when I can just save my money and treat myself to a really good meal once every so less often? Makes perfect sense to me. 😉
If you ever get a chance to visit a Michael Symon restaurant, I high suggest to make the splurge. Symon also has a burger chain called the B-Spot, which is much more affordable. I can’t wait to take another trip to Detroit and eat there.
How many of you have checked out Symons cookbooks at the bookstores or book sections of your favorite stores?
I know I have. But, I have always left them on the shelf. Symon intimidates me. When I was in my early 20s I had an obsession with Emeril, but never in a million years would I consider trying to make his stuff. I know my limits and that is how I felt with some of Symon’s recipes.
Well, the 5 in 5 series is going to change that. For Every Season is the 2nd installment, the first being, (just) 5 in 5.
I’ve read For Every Season front to back at least 3 times now. I love that there are sections for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. I know it frustrates me when I want to create a recipe, go to the market, something is off-season and then I pay more. I am terrible about knowing what is in and out of season. This book makes it simple.
Another wonderful thing about this book is that every recipe is 5 ingredients or less. Yes! Just 5! And I don’t think I saw anything that took an entire hour. Most of these are 3o minute meals.
The photos are full-color and there are plenty of them.
There’s just so much, I don’t know which recipe to make first. But, I’m dying to get started.
Can’t wait to share with you what I create.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not being compensated for this post. There are no affiliate links within this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I see him on the Food Network sometimes and I love his stuff. I had no idea he had a restaurant, but if I am ever near it, I will stop for sure.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I love watching him on Food Network. I’ve never gotten any of his cookbooks yet, but I need to. He always has great recipes.
I actually don’t think I’ve heard of him before! I love food shows and amazing restaurants so I guess I need to look up Michael Symons, huh?
Liz Mays says
Ah I really wish I would have checked out that restaurant when I lived in Michigan. I’m going to have to look into his cookbooks!
Debbie Denny says
I have heard of him and I need to check out those cookbooks. I would love to try out his restaurant.
Marcie W. says
We watch a lot of Food Network around our house but my husband likes to pull ideas from things he sees and create something all his own rather than actually follow a recipe. Michael Symon is always a joy to watch, especially on The Chew!
I haven’t checked out Symon’s cookbook yet but it sounds like I need to. I’ll be sure to pick up a copy.
That’s cool that he sections off seasonal food! I never know what’s in season either so this breakdown would certainly help me too!
Chasing Joy says
I like that all of the recipes have no more than 5 ingredients. I often decide agains making a recipe if the ingredients list is to long.
I need to get myself to one of his restaurants ASAP. For it to be your best meal is really saying something!
Toni | BoulderLocavore says
We eat mostly seasonally and when we started it was a very difficult challenge. To get something from the Farmer’s Market then figure out what to make with it felt very backwards. After a while and with great resources like this it’s become much easier.
I have not yet eaten at one of his restaurants. I’m sure his restaurants would be so good!
I have heard of him before. Hes a great chef and I would love to eat at one of his resturaunts.
I am always looking for new ideas for our meals to add to our monthly calendar. Will have to check out this new cookbook! Thanks!
I actually haven’t see this cook before, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had cable. Sounds like a great cookbook, glad you liked it
I wish we had one near us! This book looks great.
Sounds like it was an amazing birthday dinner- I love a splurge like that! The book looks great, too!
Oh boy do I ever love him! I may or may not have a little crush (or big) on him! I would love to grab this and check it out. He’s one of my faves! This would be great to have on hand.
Marina John says
He’s pretty awesome! I would love to visit one of these. Sounds really fun.
Candy O says
Oh I remember that post!! How exciting to get his book for review. He’s a great chef!
chefs have come to realize everyday home cooks dont’ have the ingredients, time or patience for elaborate meals. Love how he simplifies great ideas for regular people