Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review: Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day by Tara O'Brady

Publishing Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Pages: 296 pages
Food & Drink

The Premise: Seven Spoons comes from Blogger and Food writer Tara O'Brady from the blog Seven Spoons. Comprised of everyday recipes organized by meals and beautiful photography, Tara has created a book full of the beautiful recipes similar to the ones she has put together online and more! In her introduction, Tara talks about how she started cooking and the process and progress of hear learning how to cook. She has definitely encouraged me because I feel like we cook in the same way a little, through "memory, advice, magazines, books, the Internet and television shows" (5). The book also includes amazing tips for stocking the pantry. There is a literally a bit of everything for everyone in this book!

The book is organized into 7 sections:
1) Breads & Breakfasts
2) Lunches
3) Soups, Starters & Snacks
4) Suppers
5) Vegetables & Sides
6) Sweets, Treats and Sips
7) Staples

I actually made a few of the recipes recently on my own and together during a cooking day with my fellow blogger friends:

Some of the recipes that I tried were: 

  • Roasted Red Pepper, Almond and Feta Salad (PG. 186)- I made this one for dinner one night as a side to some chicken and it was such an amazing recipe to put together! I left out the parsley because I am not a big of of parsley, but it worked out really well. I loved it and it was an incredibly filling salad. :D 
  • Mushrooms and Greens with Toast (PG. 91) - This has got to be my favorite recipe that I've tried so far. It was so delicious and easy to make and we used spinach in our recipe for the greens. I had it with a few other bits but I definitely think that it can work as a main dish or a side dish to steak or chicken. Just delicious! 
  • Salad Rolls (PG. 75) - Nikki picked this recipe and it was so much fun putting these rolls together. I volunteered to roll them since I have experience with wrapping rice paper rolls from some vietnamese dishes we often make at home. I loved how simple it was and it incorporated so many vegetables. We made both of the sauces and although, Nikki preferred the Sesame dressing, I definitely preferred the Tamari dipping sauce. Both were great and I loved that Tara included so many options to choose from! 

My overall thoughts and review: I think it is pretty clear from the recipes that I've mentioned and what I thought of them, that I just LOVED everything. This cookbook is definitely going to be a staple in my kitchen because it has a bit of everything for everyone. There are so many meals that can be adapted for many different meals and reasons and a lot of the ingredients were easy to find at my local grocery store, which I really appreciated. Tara is incredibly clear in the beginning of each recipe with tips and tricks on how she thinks the recipe can be cooked and the perfect setting for having them. Tara also has a lot of alternatives for the reader as well and notes which is awesome if you can't find a certain ingredient. I loved this cookbook so much and I think it truly is a good cookbook for any and every day. Be sure to check it out because you definitely will not be disappointed! 

My rating of the book: ✮ (5/5 stars) 

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Random House Canada for consideration/review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. I love this book too!! So glad we got to make some recipes together :)

    1. Thanks so much, Nikki! And yes it was so much fun xD