Hummus is made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon; pesto is made of basil, garlic, pine nuts, and extra-virgin olive oil. (With some camps arguing for Parmesan as an essential fifth ingredient.) Many of the best recipes are made of four ingredients or fewer. But despite that, most cookbooks centered on just-a-few-ingredient recipes opt for processed staples rather than creative and fresh ingredients.
Not so with this book! The editors of Delish magazine offer over 150 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert that feature just four ingredients. While a few of the recipes rely on store-bought sauces, most focus on from-scratch cooking. There’s even a section called “From the veggie patch” and another one titled “Hot off the grill.” Perfect for these hot summer days! My favorite part of the collection is the section on dressings — the Lemon & Macadamia Dressing would be delicious on everything from grain salads to sauteed fish.
And by the way, the “Dinner with friends” section is a mouth-watering reminder that “fancy” guest food doesn’t have to be complicated. Chicken Saltimbocca, Lamb Racks with Mustard-Maple Glaze, and Duck with Caramelized Apples all have just four ingredients. Yep. Mind-blowing, isn’t it? Not to mention very un-intimidating and time-saving. Kudos to the editors for this beautifully designed and photographed book! It’s amazing what you can make with just four ingredients.