Title: I Love Meatballs!
Author: Rick Rodgers
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In his cookbook I Love Meatballs!, Rick Rodgers presents 50 meatball recipes to delight the most discerning of cooks. Don’t let the picture on the cover fool you though; while there are recipes for spaghetti and meatballs within its pages, the real appeal of this cookbook is that it presents new and unique ways to work with meatballs (I swear, I am trying not to giggle every time I type “meatballs”).
I Love Meatballs! is hardcover, and is smaller than your traditional cookbook. The pages are high quality with a smooth matte finish, and the entire book is in color. The color scheme of the book is an orange and red, and it is visually appealing. Many of the recipes are accompanied by stunningly appetizing pictures that will make you hungry while flipping through the book. I really loved the presentation of this book; it’s high quality and one I’d be proud to display in my kitchen.
Rodgers doesn’t just include recipes in his cookbook. He discusses the different types of ingredients used in meatballs – meats (from ground beef to lamb to turkey), bread crumbs, onion, garlic, eggs, broth, cheese, even salt and pepper. He details the best way to make, shape, and cook meatballs, and even discusses how to chop your own meat to make meatballs. It’s wonderfully thorough and is a perfect guide.
The book is divided into different sections, based on what kind of dish you are making. There’s appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pasta, and more. Rodgers also includes guides through the book, including using store-bought meatballs (and suggested sauces you can make for them), freezing meatballs in sauce, and grading meat.
I cannot even begin to describe how unconventional and delicious the recipes in this cookbook sound. Yes, there are a few amazing-sounding spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but there’s also so much more. Rodgers brings together dishes inspired by world cuisine in his cookbook – Vietnamese Banh Mi with Quick Pickled Vegetables, Persian Meatballs in Pomegranate and Walnut Sauce, Curried Koftas with Tomato Raita – are you starving yet? Because I am.
After much debate, I decided to try the BBQ Pork Meatball Sandwiches with Poppy Seed Slaw. I was delighted at how simple the recipe was – it didn’t use an inordinate number of ingredients but there were enough so that I could tell the meatballs were going to be anything but ordinary. And the taste? DELICIOUS. The sandwich was deliciously complex – the slaw perfectly balanced the sweet tangyness of the the sauce. Even better, I didn’t feel unpleasantly stuffed or weighed down after I was finished with the meal. These sandwiches will definitely be entered into my regular cooking rotation.
I can’t begin to describe how impressed I am with the I Love Meatballs cookbook. It’s so creative and unique, and I want to make pretty much every single dish in it. I can tell it’s going to get a ton of use in my kitchen, which is funny considering meatballs usually aren’t that appealing to me. I appreciate that Rick Rodgers has given me a new view of them!