Good Taste by Jane Green


  • Title:  Good Taste: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Family and Friends
  • Author:  Jane Green
  • Genre:  Cookbook
  • Pages:  192
  • Published:  October 2016 – NAL
  • Source:  Publisher

Description: A lush and gorgeous guide to all things food and entertaining from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J, The Beach House, and Falling.
Jane Green’s life has always revolved around her kitchen…

… from inviting over friends for an impromptu brunch; to wowing guests with delicious new recipes; to making sure her ever-on-the-move family makes time to sit down together. For Jane, food is enjoyable because of the people surrounding it and the pleasures of hosting and nourishing those she cares about, body and soul.

Now, Jane opens wide the doors of her stunning home to share tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy yet classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes, ranging from tempting hors d’oeuvres like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup, to mouthwatering one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken, to sinfully satisfying desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake.

This book is Jane’s perfect recipe for making a wonderful life complete with friends, loving family, and moments filled with good food, good times, and, of course, Good Taste. (publisher)

My take: At first glance Good Taste has a rather unassuming cover – until you take a closer look at the photo which shows the author readying a dining table for an outdoor meal. It looks quite inviting and lovely.

And that’s exactly how I felt about the cookbook – welcomed by author Jane Green to take a look at her favorite recipes and give them a try. She personalized each one with an anecdote about the family or friends a recipe bring to mind. I loved that.

The book is divided into Beginnings (starters and soups), Middles (main courses), and Endings (desserts). Gorgeous color photos accompany each recipe which is something I really appreciate. I’m not an accomplished cook by any stretch of the imagination so I like to have a clear goal in mind of what my finished product should look like 🙂

There are several recipes I can’t wait to try including: Tomato Tart Tatin; Slow-Braised Onion Chicken; and Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle. The photos of all three are gorgeous and what I really love is that after reading each recipe I feel confident I’ll be able to make them.

Good Taste would make a wonderful gift for the cook in your life this holiday season.

17 thoughts on “Good Taste by Jane Green

  1. I am definitely not a cook, at least not any more. But I love looking at photos of delicious creations, and maybe I could find something I would love to make. Sweet Corn and Chili Soup is making my mouth water. This book sounds very tempting. Are there photos of her home, too?

    Thanks for sharing!


    • There are a few photos of her home and family as well as the luscious ones of food. You should check Barnes & Noble the next time you visit there. I guarantee you’ll love looking at this book!


  2. Oh yummy, I love outdoor settings, it looks so good. Those three recipes you like sound great. You’ll have to make them and share pics of them!


  3. All the recipes you named sound heavenly… onion chicken followed by warm chocolate and banana cake! I really would like to pick up this book and spend a lazy afternoon leafing through it and discovering new recipes, too. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me title, Mary. Sounds great!

    Side note: I received the other book you sent me, so many, many thanks for allowing me that chance to win 🙂


    • Thanks for letting me know you received the book, Rita.
      Check out this cookbook next time you get to the library or book store. It’s lovely.


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