Cookbook Review – Sunday Suppers


In the month of March (which flew by, right?!) I cooked out of Sunday Suppers, by Karen Mordechai. The recipes are not just about supper though. The book is named after the communal kitchen Karen runs in Brooklyn, NY. Their intent is to bring together food, gatherings, and community. Learn more about them on their website HERE.

I found the book at Petals & Pop in Seal Beach, CA. More than just a floral shop, you can find all kinds of lovely things in there including cookbooks and magazines. So many recipes fill this book’s pages, along with eye catching photography. Find the book HERE as well as on the Sunday Suppers website.

I began exploring the cookbook with this recipe for Shakshuka


The recipe called for Harissa sauce. Normally I don’t go out and buy a little known ingredient just for one recipe. I usually substitute something I already have on hand. In this case I did buy the Harissa, and am glad I did. It is deeply flavorful, but not too hot, and is now a regular item in my fridge. Next up, I made the Fig Tart with honey…


This was delicious. I did add a bit of Agave syrup to the filling to sweeten it slightly. It was fun taking pictures of this too, and if I may have a little braggadocios moment, my photo is better than the one in the book! Then we tried the Whiskey-Glazed Ribs with Winter Slaw, and thick fries with Pink Peppercorn Aioli…


Brian made the ribs and they were cooked to perfection! I would serve this for company. The winter slaw recipe worked well also, but I did add a touch of Agave syrup to sweeten just a tad. We decided not to prepare the fries per the recipe in the book – we’re not big on fried foods. So, we used sweet potatoes and baked them. For dessert this same night I made the Date Cake with Toffee Sauce…


This was sooooo good! One small note. The recipe calls for soaking the dates in some hot water for 30 minutes, then puree. However it doesn’t specify whether or not to strain the dates first, and there was quite a bit of water. So, I did strain the dates, reserved the water, and slowly drizzled the water into the dates when processing until the mixture was the thickness of baby food. Worked perfectly. Next up was Tortilla Soup


This was my first time making tortilla soup and this recipe turned out great. Wonderful fresh flavor. Note here, the soup does cook down quite a bit so that’s something to keep in mind when thinking about the number of portions. It also had a bit of heat, which we love, but if you don’t, you could either reduce or eliminate the red pepper flakes. The cookbook also includes a recipe for Everything Bagels. I had never made bagels so decided to try my hand…


Brian couldn’t get enough of these right-sized babies! This is going to be a regular thing around our house maybe once a month on a Sunday. Such a treat! Then Brian decided to try the Mustard And Peppercorn Roast Beef with Tomato Gravy…


I wish I had taken a picture of the roast as it came out of the oven, but Cest la vie! One thing let to another and before I knew it, Brian was dishing up our meal. It was beautiful! This was delicious and I made a root vegetable gratin to go with it. Yum! Next up was Chili, Texas Style…


The recipe calls for both Ancho chili and Chipotle chili in adobo sauce. I thought this was going to flame my lips off, but it was just the right amount of heat. I decided to top each serving with a little grated cheese. Easy to make and I will go back to this one again.

There was only one recipe I attempted that didn’t work out, which was their Apple and Olive Oil Cake. I actually think there’s something wrong with the recipe. It calls for 5 cups of sugar for a 10-inch springform baked cake. I knew this wasn’t right, but followed the recipe anyway. The center of the cake never baked through. In addition to that, the picture of the cake that accompanied the recipe in the book that I found a bit misleading. It shows some sprigs of thyme in the picture, hinting that there is thyme in the cake, but there isn’t. However that would be a good idea. Also, the apples slices on top of cake reveal a red edge, indicating the apples were not peeled, but the recipe calls for peeled apples. The idea of this cake is good though and makes me want to go back to it and fix it’s problems. Will get back to you on that!

Overall, a solid cookbook that I would recommend. Now for the month of April I will be exploring this book that I found at Anthropologie


The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams (shown here without its book jacket). The recipes read well and the photographs are awesome! I’ll let you know next month how it all went. Until then, Bon Appetite!

Hope life is treating you well. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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9 Responses to Cookbook Review – Sunday Suppers

  1. I’m so impressed Carol – the food looks delicious! You are so ambitious too…though I love to cook, I find that I don’t always have the energy at the end of the day…I applaud your efforts…looking forward to what delights you will cook with the Kinfolk book. BTW, cooked two recipes out of Plenty…didn’t much care for his technique with one of them – turned out ok but not grand enough to repeat…but always appreciate trying something new…

  2. Eating Good, should be a name of a cookbook you and Brian do, because you ate good. If you could I would love for you to bring this cookbook with you so I can have a “look see”. That is is you have room in your suitcase. I have a couple you might not have seen here in your room already that you might like to look through. Have a wonderful week. Enjoyed seeing everything in images.

  3. Kate says:

    Gorgeous photos! I look forward to this months recipes and photos.

  4. Melinda says:

    Your beautiful photos are cookbook-worthy, and I enjoyed reading about your cooking adventures. What a great idea to try out a cookbook each month (well, for you, not me- I can barely make scrambled eggs. . .)! Wonderful post, Carol!

  5. Wow, Carol, pretty impressive. Can I come live with you? Your house sounds like a 5 star restaurant.

  6. Sherry G. says:

    I really appreciate this review Carol but what I’m really wanting is for YOU (and Brian) to do your own cookbook! You ARE better than the vast majority of food photographers and by the looks of things you and both amazing chefs. So why not go for it? I’d buy one! Or two! xo

  7. cathy says:

    Oh my! Not sure which looks better, the food or your photos. What a great review Carol!

  8. seabluelee says:

    Carol, your food photography is really excellent. That fig tart…talk about the decisive moment! This all looks so delicious that I’m suddenly starving! I love reading about and seeing you and Brian sharing your cooking talents. You make a great team!

  9. WOW what amazing dishes – I am hungry after reading this post. Esp that fig tart…I ADORE figs and you just can’t get them in Asia.

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