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Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is sho Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is short, turn to quick stovetop suppers, one-pot meals, and dinner salads. And for the weekend, lean into lazy lunches, simmered stews, and hands-off roasts. Carla's dishes are as inviting and get-your-attention-good as ever. All the recipes--such as Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce or Chicken Legs with Warm Spices--come with multiple ingredient swaps and suggestions, so you can make each
one your own. That Sounds So Good shows Carla at her effortless best, and shows how you can be, too.


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Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is sho Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is short, turn to quick stovetop suppers, one-pot meals, and dinner salads. And for the weekend, lean into lazy lunches, simmered stews, and hands-off roasts. Carla's dishes are as inviting and get-your-attention-good as ever. All the recipes--such as Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce or Chicken Legs with Warm Spices--come with multiple ingredient swaps and suggestions, so you can make each
one your own. That Sounds So Good shows Carla at her effortless best, and shows how you can be, too.

30 review for That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    i have made Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce and it was very delicious i have made Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce and it was very delicious

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Bartiste

    Recipes sound good, but I made 5 of the recipes and only 1 was worth repeating--and it's hardly a unique recipe: chopped red cabbage with a mustard vinaigrette. I followed the recipes exactly, am a seasoned cook, and each of the recipes was bland, boring, and not anything I'd cook for anyone else, let alone repeat for my family. I also found some of the writing clunky. One pasta recipe says to cook the pasta to "very al dente" because it will cook the rest of the way when added to the sauce. But Recipes sound good, but I made 5 of the recipes and only 1 was worth repeating--and it's hardly a unique recipe: chopped red cabbage with a mustard vinaigrette. I followed the recipes exactly, am a seasoned cook, and each of the recipes was bland, boring, and not anything I'd cook for anyone else, let alone repeat for my family. I also found some of the writing clunky. One pasta recipe says to cook the pasta to "very al dente" because it will cook the rest of the way when added to the sauce. But then, Carla instructs us to stir the pasta into the sauce until the pasta is "very al dente"--what's the difference between these two? I knew the level of al-dente I wanted so followed my own instincts and the pasta was just right in tenderness, but the cook with less experience might certainly find this confusing. And while there were a few tips, nothing really throughout the book is all that interesting, new, or revelatory. Her 'spin' suggestions are fine, but after cooking 4 recipes exactly with the original ingredients suggested and finding all of them to be meh, I would worry that the 'spins' would be even greater taste-killers. I'm sorry to dislike the book so much, because I've always enjoyed Carla's videos--which is why I pre-ordered the book in the first place. And with so many cookbooks and cooking videos and instagram recipes, it's got to be challenging to offer a new take. I thought it would offer lots of fun recipes and fun takes on cooking, something we've all been doing A LOT over the last 15 months. But...not so much. Sorry.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Heywood

    I asked one person if reading all the extra story text of a cookbook and flipping through all the recipes counts as reading a book, and she said yes. so here we are. but we’re actually here because this cookbook made me cry (!) not once (!!) but three times (!!!) while reading. it’s clear that Carla and I share a mutual love language: cooking for others. it’s thread throughout the book, and I can’t wait to start testing the recipes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kris Springer

    Pretty pictures and solid advice about substitutions and how best to shop (choose freshest, best ingredients and figure out what to do with them). But many dishes I can’t imagine making (celery salad doesn’t sound good, regardless of the season) and probably couldn’t recruit anyone to eat. I do love to read about food though and always feel like reading cookbooks is another way to enlarge my world and possibilities. Thanks cookbooks and cookbook authors!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    well not everyone will want Spaghetti with Melted Cauliflower Sauce but four anchovies and a lemon will kill off the collie fur for less bark

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meggie

    Carla’s You Tube channel is so fun, I had to check out her book and writing. She’s just as fun there! While few if the recipes were up my alley, I loved her essays on cooking for family as well as many of her tips on efficient, joyful, delicious home cooking.

  7. 4 out of 5

    L

    Every recipe I’ve made of Carla’s is better than the last. I love her advice on substations. It makes me more confident in the kitchen even when I’m not making something of hers. Love love this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eustacia R.

    Carla's approach to food and life brings me so much joy! I have not made everything in it (yet), but I have made a recipe from each section, and her descriptions and tips are fantastic. If you enjoy the book (or are just curious about it) you should have a look at her YouTube channel to see her in action. Carla's approach to food and life brings me so much joy! I have not made everything in it (yet), but I have made a recipe from each section, and her descriptions and tips are fantastic. If you enjoy the book (or are just curious about it) you should have a look at her YouTube channel to see her in action.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Moving this to the “to buy” wish list. Made the Tuna Salad Sandwiches and the Ginger Lime beef. Both were great and so many more I want to try now that we have an oven again!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The title of this cookbook is perfect in my opinion. Whenever I browse through recipes and look at photos, I often will say that it sounds so good. I think this book is a great go to cookbook for finding recipes that one is in the mood for and will provide great tasting meals without too much fuss. I like how at the bottom of each recipe, a list is provided for ingredients one may need to shop for and one with ingredients one most likely has on hand. There is also a spin it suggestions for subst The title of this cookbook is perfect in my opinion. Whenever I browse through recipes and look at photos, I often will say that it sounds so good. I think this book is a great go to cookbook for finding recipes that one is in the mood for and will provide great tasting meals without too much fuss. I like how at the bottom of each recipe, a list is provided for ingredients one may need to shop for and one with ingredients one most likely has on hand. There is also a spin it suggestions for substituting or replacing an ingredient with something you might prefer or have on hand. I love the stovetop suppers chapter. There are many recipes that are drool worthy. Some of my favorites are the one-pot chicken and rice with blender green sauce, fat noodles with pan-roasted mushrooms and crushed herb sauce, and skirt steak with potatoes and black pepper-horseradish sauce. The salad section has some great ideas with charred broccoli with spicy avocado sauce being my favorite. The most drool-worthy section is the S is for Sunday Soup, Stew, & Sauce. I can't choose a favorite from this section as there are many that are good. The pictures has me wanting to eat the dish now. I think this cookbook is a great one to have on hand. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catarina PB

    The food and recipes and a delight to look at 🥰 the same enthusiasm that we feel in her youtube channel seeps through the pages to us and makes us want to cook! An amazing cookbook!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara Brockunier

    Beautiful pictures ... they say that pictures say a thousands words and that you eat with your eyes first! And every photo made me want to try the recipes! Love that it is arranged by Weekday and Weekend recipes really makes it easy to use ... I like the recipes but I will say some had a little too much spice for me ... but it probably is not spicy to others. Think you will like this cookbook ... it lives up to the title. I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unb Beautiful pictures ... they say that pictures say a thousands words and that you eat with your eyes first! And every photo made me want to try the recipes! Love that it is arranged by Weekday and Weekend recipes really makes it easy to use ... I like the recipes but I will say some had a little too much spice for me ... but it probably is not spicy to others. Think you will like this cookbook ... it lives up to the title. I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Love Carla, love love love this cookbook. It’s structured by type of cooking – quick weekday meals you can throw together after work, longer-cooked dishes that are mostly hands-off so you can start them on a weekend day and then take a nap, dinner-y salads, nutrient-dense meals to help you feel better after a food-and-bev bender, desserts that make an impact without fussiness, snacks for day drinking. She encourages improvisation and using what you have on hand instead of going to the store for o Love Carla, love love love this cookbook. It’s structured by type of cooking – quick weekday meals you can throw together after work, longer-cooked dishes that are mostly hands-off so you can start them on a weekend day and then take a nap, dinner-y salads, nutrient-dense meals to help you feel better after a food-and-bev bender, desserts that make an impact without fussiness, snacks for day drinking. She encourages improvisation and using what you have on hand instead of going to the store for one ingredient. She’s just very chill, and I love that. I really liked her first cookbook (which won a James Beard Award), but this one is even more approachable and cookable. To illustrate how much I loved this: Typically I’ll read a cookbook cover to cover over a few months, and cook at least five recipes from it before I consider it “read.” I read this one in a week and cooked 10 recipes from it in the span of two weeks. I have tons more bookmarked, and I am so happy at the prospect of luxuriating in these fab dishes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hanley

    I’ve loved most of the recipes that I’ve tried in this book! I also love that it is a cookbook chock full of recipes instead of having a lot of copy and fewer actual recipes! But, that said, it does have just a bit of copy that tells us something about the authors real life. The book is also attached to a YouTube Chanel by the author and you an watch her make the recipes! All good in my book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is an interesting (in a good way) cookbook, with a lot of positives going for it. First, it's by Carla Lalli Music, one of the former BA chefs. She now has her own YT channel which I'd encourage you to check out, especially if you're interested in this cookbook. She's been demoing a lot of the recipes and it's really nice to be able to see the recipes prepared. Often it answers any questions you might have just from reading the recipe. Second, I love the "spin it" sections - basically ideas f This is an interesting (in a good way) cookbook, with a lot of positives going for it. First, it's by Carla Lalli Music, one of the former BA chefs. She now has her own YT channel which I'd encourage you to check out, especially if you're interested in this cookbook. She's been demoing a lot of the recipes and it's really nice to be able to see the recipes prepared. Often it answers any questions you might have just from reading the recipe. Second, I love the "spin it" sections - basically ideas for how you can substitute out ingredients that you either don't have on hand or don't like (or have allergies to, etc). This is a great idea and encourages the idea that cooking doesn't require you to make trips to 5 different stores to make a single recipe. If you have a decently stocked pantry, you should be able to make something delicious. Third, I like that the recipes are split into "weeknight" (quicker prep/cooking) and weekend (longer cooking/project cooking) sections. Fourth, I like the author's choice to build parts of the prep into the downtime in the active cooking rather than having a long list of pre-prepped ingredients before you start going. She acknowledges this and make notes of where that won't work, i.e. if you're doing a stir-fry recipe it all needs to be pre-prepped because once you start cooking it comes together super fast. For the negatives - I was frankly a little disappointed with the quicker cooking (weeknight) selections. A lot of them are vegetarian or vegetarian leaning, which I'm not. I get that as a culture we need to cut back on our meat consumption and this is probably a responsible approach in the cookbook, but I'm personally not quite there yet. Not too many of the weeknight selections appealed to me, but I will say watching Carla's channel, some of them are more appealing on seeing them made than the names suggest (the polenta with floppy broccoli in particular comes to mind). The only other thing I'll note is that the book somewhat expects you to have an extensive "refrigerator" pantry - i.e. things you always have on hand that aren't shelf-stable. Well, I don't, because unless I know I'm going to be using those items I don't want to buy them and have them spoil. Dry goods or frozen, sure, I can handle that, but I don't really see myself always having buttermilk on hand. Luckily there are good substitutions offered. My last thought - the book leans a bit heavily pasta and Italian-ish. This makes sense as it's Carla's background, but my house doesn't do quite that much pasta. I think this might be why I didn't totally go in for the weeknight meals as much, several of them are veggie pasta or if not vegetarian, then at least no-meat pasta dishes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    4 stars for now… just might be 5 after I try more recipes! Only ones I’ve had at this point are the Tomato Confit Bruschetta, and Carole’s Fried Bread. Both were yummy! Really liked that there was at least one picture for each recipe. Organized well. Only a couple “rare” kitchen ingredients. The author also lists substitution suggestions with every recipe. There are so many recipes that look delicious but a few I really look forward to trying are the: Spaghetti w Melted Cauliflower Sauce, One-Pot C 4 stars for now… just might be 5 after I try more recipes! Only ones I’ve had at this point are the Tomato Confit Bruschetta, and Carole’s Fried Bread. Both were yummy! Really liked that there was at least one picture for each recipe. Organized well. Only a couple “rare” kitchen ingredients. The author also lists substitution suggestions with every recipe. There are so many recipes that look delicious but a few I really look forward to trying are the: Spaghetti w Melted Cauliflower Sauce, One-Pot Chicken & Rice w Green Sauce, Spicy Cucumber & Watermelon w Pan-Fried Peanuts, Crispy Smoky Rice, Split Pea Soup w Mustard-Chile Sizzle, and all the desserts look scrumptious!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Daniels

    You’ve probably heard the spiel about this cookbook — two sections, divided into efficient weeknight meals and lazy weekend projects, with instructions written in chronological order, never assuming you’ve peeled your carrots or diced your onion ahead of time. Love it! We’ve enjoyed all the recipes we’ve tried, especially the shrimp in kimchi sauce and the Asian-inspired short ribs. I’m knocking off one point because many of the vegetable recipes, which Carla positions as mains, aren’t substantia You’ve probably heard the spiel about this cookbook — two sections, divided into efficient weeknight meals and lazy weekend projects, with instructions written in chronological order, never assuming you’ve peeled your carrots or diced your onion ahead of time. Love it! We’ve enjoyed all the recipes we’ve tried, especially the shrimp in kimchi sauce and the Asian-inspired short ribs. I’m knocking off one point because many of the vegetable recipes, which Carla positions as mains, aren’t substantial enough to stand alone without protein in my opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Beautiful pictures, and I'm sure many would find the recipes delicious and up their alley. However, for me, the recipes were too eclectic using unusual ingredients that can only be found in specialty stores. Although she does offer substitutions for some of the ingredients - that means it's a completely different recipe, and even some of the substituted ingredients are not easily found. I certainly wouldn't consider these "real life recipes." Beautiful pictures, and I'm sure many would find the recipes delicious and up their alley. However, for me, the recipes were too eclectic using unusual ingredients that can only be found in specialty stores. Although she does offer substitutions for some of the ingredients - that means it's a completely different recipe, and even some of the substituted ingredients are not easily found. I certainly wouldn't consider these "real life recipes."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I bought this as a fan of Carla’s YouTube videos and was not disappointed in her book, although most of the best recipes that I would want to cook I had already seen her demonstrate. I like the way this book is divided into sections based on how much active time is required (quick weeknight meals vs. “Set and forget” type Sunday suppers etc.). I have tried a few salads, most of the weeknight meals, and some “burning clean” recipes and all have been very good! Low effort with lots of flavour.

  20. 4 out of 5

    H

    Some okay ideas though I wouldn't go out of my way to try these. A bit concerned about the authors note about the cabbage and parmigiano salad (with nothing else just dressing) being "filling, healthy and affordable" when it is probably only 1 of those things Some okay ideas though I wouldn't go out of my way to try these. A bit concerned about the authors note about the cabbage and parmigiano salad (with nothing else just dressing) being "filling, healthy and affordable" when it is probably only 1 of those things

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Outstanding format. I love Carla!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Beautiful book! Beautiful photos of the food, the author includes nice stories, and the recipes are very unique.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed reading about the author's family stories which were part of this cookbook along with large photos. I love large photos in cookbooks! I enjoyed reading about the author's family stories which were part of this cookbook along with large photos. I love large photos in cookbooks!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jerelyn

    More cookbooks in 2022 - this was a good one

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ursula

    Not my kind of cookbook. I will not try any of these recipes, not my choice of foods. I will not recommend this cookbook to family or friends.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Enjoyable with some fresh ideas but would not add to my cookbook collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Enjoyed the family stories more than the recipes. Other than the Spaghetti with Melted Cauliflower Sauce, nothing screamed Must Make This.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashani

    Love this book from Carla, she never seizes to impress the reader!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abbigail

    I have so many pictures on my phone of recipes to try now... I loved the way this cookbook was organized, I loved the photos and place settings SO much-- so many reminded me of a great Piecework puzzle-- and I always love it when cookbooks end with menu ideas. It just feels magical, like here is this event or moment where these meals or dishes exist in real life. Incredible. Honestly, i havent made a single recipe yet, but it was so beautiful I kind of already want to buy it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniplx

    4 stars to That Sounds So Good, a bright and delightful cookbook. • I love cookbooks. I love reading them front to back and just soaking in all the delicious sounding recipes and the (often) gorgeous photos. Throw in some personal essays scattered throughout the book and I am a happy woman. This book has all of that and more. • I have no idea when I’ll get around to actually making anything from it (I am very bad for that), but there were a few recipes I cannot wait to try this summer when the produ 4 stars to That Sounds So Good, a bright and delightful cookbook. • I love cookbooks. I love reading them front to back and just soaking in all the delicious sounding recipes and the (often) gorgeous photos. Throw in some personal essays scattered throughout the book and I am a happy woman. This book has all of that and more. • I have no idea when I’ll get around to actually making anything from it (I am very bad for that), but there were a few recipes I cannot wait to try this summer when the produce is fresh and bountiful-there’s a watermelon juice margarita screaming my name. • I did like that the recipes were written in a way that you’ll never be wasting time waiting - each minute is taken up by doing something so that the recipe can be executed in a timely manner. It is also divided between weeknight meals (quicker meals with less prep time) and weekend meals (longer prep and cook time, or made for entertaining etc). • If you’re looking for a new cookbook to check out, or want to simply add a gorgeous pop of colour to your cookbook shelves I recommend this one! Bon appétit!

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