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Saucy

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There is just something about sauces that really make a dish, taking it from boring to bombtastic. That's what Ashley Boy'd new book is all about. This book is pretty. The photography is excellent. Having the sauces arranged by type helps the cook decide what profile they want to use in a dish. The recommended uses and pairings helps for those newer to cooking or those looking to up their game. The herby sauces were my favorite followed closely by the tangy and creamy sauces. The layout and instructions are easy to follow and the links in the table of contents make finding what you are looking for a breeze.

Thank you to the publisher and author for letting me review this early copy. It will stay in my arsenal for a long time.

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Looking to sauce up dinner tonight? This book have a variety of recipes to take your dinner to the next level.

I found new combinations were an easy and for my meals.

Thank you netgalley and chronicle books for sharing this book with us.

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The recipes are really diverse and I think a lot of people could find a recipe they would like to try. I'm excited to try the Garlic Mushroom Sauce, Chunky Marinara, Brown Sugar Peach Sauce and the Salted Caramel Glaze. The photos are wonderful and showcase the recipes well. The recipe instructions are easy to follow. This is a fantastic cookbook I would recommend! Special Thank You to Ashley Boyd, Chronicle Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy prior to publication in exchange for an honest review.

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What a great book of easy sauces to make. There are pictures of most recipes and I really like that. I will reach for this again and again when making dinners.

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This cookbook deserves to be everyone’s kitchen. The ability to peruse a cookbook opposed to the internet for a list of sauces to upgrade my cooking game is :chef’s kiss:. The sauces are easy, uncomplicated to replicate which is a huge win! I highly recommend.

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Saucy is a collection of 50 well curated recipes for sauces and accompaniments collected by Ashley Boyd. Released 5th March 2024 by Chronicle Books, it's 152 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout, highly recommended.

The writing is direct and inviting. Information and recipes are arranged logically and are easy to find (and understand). The chapters include sauces arranged thematically: creamy, herby, tomato-based, tangy, savory, umami, spicy, and dessert sauces. Each recipe includes an introduction and description, ingredients in a bullet list, and step-by-step directions. Recommended uses and pairings are included and the author also gives readers a lot of background info and tips on uses and storage. Ingredient measures are given in imperial (American) units with metric standard in parentheses (yay!). Most ingredients will be easy to source at any moderately well stocked grocer in North America.

The photography, by Maren Caruso, is outstanding. It's very clear and in color throughout. Food is styled attractively and appropriately. Cooks who rely on photographs to see what dishes should look like will really appreciate the detailing in this collection. Some few of the photos were possibly a little too "Insta-perfect" and artsy, but really, the book has excellent descriptions and very clear usable photos.

Five stars. It's a niche cookbook, but very versatile and on a cooking niche subject that isn't widely covered. Most cookbooks have a few sauces, very few have many versatile sauces and accompaniments.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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The idea of this book was really exciting, but the sauces listed weren't anything overly exciting or new. The recipes were well written and easy to understand, but there was nothing different enough about it to recommend to my patrons, unless they were looking for a compilation of sauces in particular.

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This is the exact kind of cookbook I've been gravitating towards recently. It specializes in the sauces and goes in depth into how to make them and work with them in any regard. It's like Salt Fat Acid Heat but for sauces, if that makes sense. It's a great reference and I will probably get a hard cover copy to keep in my kitchen,

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Fantastic idea for a cookbook! Sauces absolutely can turn the ho-hum into something phenomenal and this cookbook is filled with some delicious sauce recipes. I truly believe hollandaise sauce can turn anything into a masterpiece. I can’t wait to try the peanut sauce, comeback sauce, and hot honey sauce, among others. I’d buy this cookbook.

Thanks to the author and publisher for the e-arc I received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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I absolutely loved the formatting of this book. I tested 5 recipes in total, one from creamy, herby, umami, spicy, and sweet. The recipes were straightforward and easy to follow. Ingredients and equipment were easily accessible and I appreciated the author included what the inspiration was and the region behind the sauces as well as what they go well with. Would absolutely recommend this to any sauce lover.

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Beautifully photographed, this book is meant to provide recipes for simple sauces with flavors from around the world. The chapters include sauces that are Creamy such as Creamy Avocado Sauce; Herby, such as Orange Chimichurri; Tomato-Based, such as Tomato Ginger Sauce; Umami, such as Thai Peanut Sauce; Tangy, such as Lebanese Garlic Sauce; Spicy, such as Spicy Mango Chutney; and Dessert, such as Brown Butter Peach Sauce.
The author provides a guide for the protein-based or other meal that you plan to serve and the suggested sauce pairing. This is a really nice feature for a home cook like me.
The ingredient list for each recipe contains common ingredients, found in a typical North American household, or easily found in the grocery story. The instructions are clearly written and simple.
This is a great book to have on the shelf to jazz up almost anything you may want to eat.

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Just like this cookbook’s one word title, Saucy, I only have one word to describe it, yum! The recipes all look, because each has a photo, and sound delicious. Most include only common pantry ingredients, though you may have to buy a few of the more exotic spices if you don’t have them on hand. The recipes are easy enough for beginners to master—mostly it’s as easy as measuring and mixing together the ingredients.

Most of the sauces are vegan and gluten free, or easily adapted to be so. Each of the sauce recipes include ideas for what to serve them with that are both meat and non-meat based. They also include a few alternate ingredients for a slightly different taste or in case you are missing one. Storage instructions are also included.

All of the recipes use healthy natural ingredients. Making your own sauces instead of purchasing the bottles and packets from the store will save you money but also avoid all the chemicals, and other mystery additives, in the grocery store versions.

I’ve tried a few of these recipes. They were delicious and really elevated the plain chicken or vegetables they were served with. Saucy is a 5 star cookbook and a favorite! In fact, I’ve already preordered my own copy.

Thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.

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This is the sauce bible. It has multicultural influences, beautiful pictures, and easy to follow recipes. These recipes will help you elevate your meals, add flavor to "bland" or "healthy" meals, and will get rid of the overly salty, sugary store bought sauces in your kitchen.

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Incredibly creative recipes - well organized and inclusive. There are recipes that have common everyday pantry slash fridge ingredients as well as those that will familiarize you with some new favorites. Bonus: None of them are too difficult to make! But what all these recipes have in common, is that they're bursting with flavor. I'll be going back to this book often.

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This is a wonderful cookbook! I think it would teach you some basics to sauces that would be very useful when experimenting on your own!

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Great recipe book! So versatile. Great pairing options. Easy to follow recipes. I am looking forward to making so many of these ASAP.

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I bought this book for our library, but when I saw that this was on Netgalley before it came in...obviously I had to get a sneak peek!

Sooo many good recipes in this book with a fantastic graphic design! Definitely a great addition to your library for recipes to use on dishes you already know how to cook.

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Wow wow wow do I ever love the colors and art style of this book. 10/10. It drew me right in, and I'm sure glad it did.

I'm a self-proclaimed sauce bitch, and this is exactly the sauce primer I need to live all my saucy daydreams.

Not only does everything look and sound amazing, I just just can't get over the presentation. There are photos of many of the sauces, they're organized into useful sections, they mostly use ingredients that are on hand or easy to acquire, and they seem pretty easy to put together, even for a beginner.

I really look forward to a physical copy of this book.

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Sometimes cookbooks can be WAY too much to handle. Especially when it has you buying 20 items to make a dish at minimum. But this one I absolutely loved because it’s here to elevate already made dishes in the most simplistic yet flavorful way possible. Because you can make your favorite thing and try something new just to have on the side or drizzled on top. I love the concept behind this book! The pictures were gorgeous as well.

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A good sauce is a game change, and Ashley Boyd's new cookbook, Saucy, is arguably one of my favorite cookbooks now! The photography is gorgeous, the recipes are delicious and easy to follow, and the recommended food pairings are so helpful when deciding what type of sauce to make for your favorite dishes.

Fancy sauces can sound intimidating, but Boyd makes it approachable and easy to create a fabulous sauce that adds so much flavor to dishes. I don't think I would have ever made a remoulade if not for this cookbook, but I whipped up a batch to use on wraps for lunch during the week, and it took less than 5 minutes! (It's so good on a roast beef sandwich.)

This cookbook isn't just for when you feel fancy, either. These sauce recipes can jazz up your weekly meal prep or add a big boost of flavor to budget-friendly pantry meals. It would make a great gift too!

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