Ever year, Food and Wine puts out a cookbook or 2 with the best of recipes.  American Express, for some reason ( I probably opted in for this and forgot about it ) sends me one of the books.  Of course I can return it and not get charged but I never do because the books from Food and Wine are always so good.

This year, the cookbook I received was Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes from the 25 Best Cookbooks of the Year.  I used to be a big cookbook collector but have found that in the last few years because of the magazines and the Internet, I buy them and don't use them that often.  Also, I continue to pull out recipes and have a book of my own that I keep. 

So far, I have tried a few recipes in the book, and they were just ok.  My favorite group of recipes are from Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren with Kate Leahy in their cookbook, A16 Food + Wine.  So good that I might buy the cookbook.

I love radishes.  Radishes dipped in sea salt is always a simple refreshing starter when people come over for dinner or even drinks.  So, this recipe really sparked my interest.  I doubled the recipe because I wanted to keep the sauce on hand in the refrigerator for other things and this is what I did which is a little different but it came out delicious.

2 cups packed flat parsley leaves
1 cup panko (or bread crumbs)
3/4 cup olive oil
4 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 bunches of red radishes, thinly sliced

Put everything, except the radishes, in a food processor.  Pulse until it is creamy and pourable.  Pour over the radishes ( if you don't need all of it, you can save it in the refrigerator with olive oil over the top in a tupperware container ).  Mix and season with kosher salt.

Comments (Archived):

  1. daryn

    The A16 cookbook looks beautiful, I was just admiring it at the bookstore the other day.You’re right, with online recipes and magazines I don’t dig into my ever growing cookbook collection as often as I used to when it actually comes time to cook, but I still love reading and flipping through them.Next up on my list are the Momofuku and Ad Hoc books, which will at least be perfect for the coffee table if nowhere else.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Agreed…I might have to buy Momofuku and Ad Hoc too