An Unapologetic Cookbook Review

An Unapologetic Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
January 24, 2022

Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook

After a long wait, it is finally time to share the An Unapologetic Cookbook Review with you.

An Unapologetic Cookbook Review is one of the most requested reviews ever. So Joshua, if you are reading, congratulations!

Joshua Weissman is a 25-year-old YouTube chef with almost five million subscribers on his youtube channel. Like us, Joshua loves to make everything from scratch and seeks to disrupt the current fad of convenience in the kitchen.

As he says, “If you want to cook, great, the only thing you need to recognize is that cooking takes time, cleaning takes time. Let’s just forget about the whole 20-minute recipes, zero clean-up, one-pot meal. I get why people are doing that, and I think it has its purpose [but] I also think it’s been overrun, and now people are only just focused on convenience.

That’s where Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook comes in. The assemblage of over 100 recipes constitutes an all-out celebration of culinary delights that encourages you to make everything - and Joshua means everything - from scratch.

An Unapologetic Cookbook Review

Everything From Scratch

Accordingly to Joshua, 50 to 80 percent of our meals are made with ingredients made by someone else. When made from scratch, things like butter, condiments, cheese, pickles, patties, and buns can potentially change your eating experience.

Joshua instructs you how to make it all with irreverent humor, a bit of light razzing, and over 100 perfectly delectable recipes with no regrets, excuses, or apologies.

In An Unapologetic Cookbook, Joshua brings us his confident approach and opinionated outlook. Weissman’s plan to “stop putting the past on a pedestal” needs no apology and is well supported in this work, which encourages you to develop your sense of cooking intuition while maintaining a grasp of the basics.

The first 80 pages are devoted to foundational recipes, including pickles, jams, compound butter, stocks, and a bounty of breads. The remaining pages go about utilizing them in various fairly complex recipes.

Coconut broth and pickled red onions are two of the components for a Grilled Branzino, while Braised Pulled Pork soaks in a marinade of a dozen ingredients, including orange juice and serrano chilies. Even fried brussels sprouts involve some ten flavorings, among them Thai chilies and fresh orange juice.

An Unapologetic Cookbook Review
Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs. Photography by Ralph Smith (p. 90)

A Cookbook for Everyone who Loves to Cook

A Weissman once said, "...can we please stop with the barrage of 2.3-second meals that only need one ingredient? I get it… we're busy. But let's refocus on the fact that beautifully crafted burgers don't grow on trees."

Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook is about creating the building blocks necessary to make the most incredible meals of your life. The food in this book is an invitation that speaks for itself. Extraordinary cooking does, and should, take time.

We have already tried several recipes, and we love them all without any surprise. Not only are they delicious, but they are all possible to be made at home. Some of these recipes are surprisingly easy, and some are remarkably difficult. Ideally, you'll cook your way through the front half of this book, which builds that baseline and establishes the intuition you need to progress through the book.

Following these recipes is like watching Joshua's videos. If you follow his work on youtube, you'll see that his energy and enthusiasm are very present in every book's recipe.

An Unapologetic Cookbook Review
Austin Breakfast Tacos. Photography by Ralph Smith (p. 112)

Final Thoughts

A must-have is all we can say about An Unapologetic Cookbook.

If you love to host and entertain; if you like a good project; if you crave control of your food; if fast food or the frozen aisle or the super-fast-super-easy cookbook keep letting your tastebuds down; then An Unapologetic Cookbook is your ideal kitchen companion.


An Unapologetic Cookbook is a fantastic book that deserves all the attention it's been receiving since its launch. For us, this is a book not only for Joshua's fans but for all people who enjoy making everything from scratch.









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