As the triple-digit title implies, “365” offers a recipe for each day of every month, designed to inject excitement into home-cooked meals that correspond with the season and rhythms of everyday life. A week may begin, for example, with a meatloaf inspired by the traditional one made by her German mother, modernized with a fragrant infusion of coriander, cumin, dates, and orange zest. Tuesday may call for something quicker, like halibut fillets baked in parchment packages with grapefruit sections and tarragon. A slow Saturday could be the perfect time for a baking project, be it a batch of peanut butter cookies glorified with chunks of bittersweet chocolate, or a more ambitious Pomegranate Pavlova Tart with Pistachios and Rosewater sure to turn heads at a holiday buffet table.
Peters makes persuasive cases for sneaking crispy fried sage leaves into spaghetti tossed with ricotta, slipping persimmon slices into a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and even adding prunes to a burger. Her Limoncello Panna Cotta, she writes, will “make you squeal with joy.” I’m inclined to believe her, but this is one I’ll want to verify for myself. This Sunday, if not sooner.