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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Cookbook Marketplace (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984116338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984116331
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are like me you spend time (a lot of time) reading cookbooks. While searching for the next best meal or this weekend's dinner party menu, you sift through just-okay recipes, glad-you-didn't-try-that recipes, great recipes, and soon-to-be-favorite recipes. It seems more often than not the great and soon-to-be-favorite recipes are the easiest to make and the most delicious. Unfortunately they come few and far between. Lucky for food lovers, an entire soon-to-be-favorite cookbook has arrived! I spent much of the holidays reading and taste testing the recipes from the cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen. A Well-Seasoned Kitchen was written by a mother daughter team from Denver - Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper. The cookbook is more than just recipes; it's a memoir of the cooking duo's most loved dishes and stories from the family kitchen. Most recipes are easy to make with tips and tricks on simple yet elegant entertaining.


Who is A Well-Seasoned Kitchen written for? Anyone who loves to cook, loves to entertain, loves to bring family into the kitchen, and loves to eat. There are recipes that range from quick enough for a weeknight meal to entertaining a crowd. It's full of great and soon-to-be-favorite recipes that everyone can enjoy.


How is the book organized? More than 180 recipes are organized into 11 recipe sections: appetizers, breakfast and brunch, soups, salads, poultry, meats, fish and seafood, pasta, vegetarian main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. The sections are divided by colored pages so it's quick to find the course you are looking for - light blue for soups, peach for meats, yellow for side dishes, etc. The book also includes an introduction on why the cookbook was created and ends with a listing of menu ideas so you can throw the best parties too!


Where can we find more information and get a sneak peak? Check out their website. Sally and Lee's entire story is shared with you including Sally's fight with Alzheimer's. A portion of proceeds from cookbook sales is donated to the Alzheimer s Association Colorado Chapter. The site then teases you with a few soon-to-be-favorite recipes like Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls and Hearts of Palm Dip. But they are nothing compared to the entire collection in this book! (How about Melted Gruyere and Bacon Dip, Avocado and Crab Salad, and Oven Roasted Turkey with Apple-Sausage Stuffing? Mouths watering yet?) The website also includes a sampling of the menus and parties the ladies have thrown, and of course, where you can get your own copy. With a little something for everyone including delicious recipes, party planning tips, and heartwarming tales of the love of food throughout Sally and Lee's lives, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen should be a staple in all kitchens. --Kindra Evensen, Denver Food Examiner, Jan 4, 2010

There's always room for another cookbook on my shelves---assuming, of course, it's worth its salt. And determining that takes time and many test runs in the kitchen. For the last couple months, I've been smitten with A Well-Seasoned Kitchen by Denverite Lee Clayton Roper and her late mother, Sally Clayton. The book has the feel of a Junior League cookbook with beautiful pictures and classic dishes, but I find the fare more engaging. The homespun recipes are easy to follow but finely tuned and brightly flavored. Favorites thus far include the gooey overnight Bundt caramel rolls (perfect for Easter morning); the light spinach salad with lemon-pine-nut dressing; the springy, minted green beans with feta and pecans; and the savory roasted-chicken sausage and butternut squash (I used Italian sausage). Next up: rhubarb pie---the quintessential rite of spring. When Lee conceived of the cookbook, it was to engage her mother, who was slowly slipping away to Alzheimer's disease. Now, as a finished work, A Well-Seasoned --Amanda Faison, 5280 Magazine, April 2, 2010

There's always room for another cookbook on my shelves---assuming, of course, it's worth its salt. And determining that takes time and many test runs in the kitchen. For the last couple months, I've been smitten with A Well-Seasoned Kitchen by Denverite Lee Clayton Roper and her late mother, Sally Clayton. The book has the feel of a Junior League cookbook with beautiful pictures and classic dishes, but I find the fare more engaging. The homespun recipes are easy to follow but finely tuned and brightly flavored. Favorites thus far include the gooey overnight Bundt caramel rolls (perfect for Easter morning); the light spinach salad with lemon-pine-nut dressing; the springy, minted green beans with feta and pecans; and the savory roasted-chicken sausage and butternut squash (I used Italian sausage). Next up: rhubarb pie---the quintessential rite of spring. When Lee conceived of the cookbook, it was to engage her mother, who was slowly slipping away to Alzheimer's disease. Now, as a finished work, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen catalogs those precious moments spent in the kitchen, cooking, talking, and sharing family history. Bonus: A portion of A Well-Seasoned Kitchen's proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter --Amanda Faison, 5280 Magazine, April 2, 2010

About the Author

Lee was inspired by her mother Sally s love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, Lee held her first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, Lee has provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining. In November of 2009, Lee published A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, the cookbook she co-authored with her mother. The book has received numerous rave reviews and praise and has been featured in both local and national press. In May 2010, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen was awarded a Living Now gold medal, given to books that help people lead better lives .

Lee teaches cooking classes at the Denver Botanic Gardens, The Seasoned Chef Cooking School and in people s homes. She is frequently invited to conduct cooking demonstrations by local broadcast stations and cable networks as well as at culinary events throughout the state. Lee speaks publicly on the loving story behind the book, to both large and small groups. She was the keynote speaker at the Christian Living Communities annual fundraising dinner and also one of four featured authors at the Assistance League of Cincinnati s annual luncheon.

Lee is also a principal with Marbalee Media, a video production company she formed with the Emmy-award winning producer Deren Abram. As a producer and writer, she focuses on the development of travel, food and cooking lifestyle content.

Lee s professional career prior to immersing herself in the culinary arts was in the cable television business. She held senior executive positions with Charter Communications, United Pan-Europe Communications (a Liberty Media subsidiary), Rifkin & Associates and United Cable Television, and consulted with cable TV operators and programmers around the world, providing marketing, new business development and strategic planning advice. Lee has relied heavily on her marketing and product development skills in the creation and promotion of her current endeavors.

You can find Lee on line at seasonedkitchen.com, or follow her on Facebook.com/seasonedkitchen, Youtube.com/seasonedkitchen, pinterest.com/seasonedkitchen and twitter.com/seasonedkitchen.

More About the Author

Lee Clayton Roper is a cookbook author, cooking class instructor, public speaker and TV personality. She was inspired by her mother Sally's love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together for great meals, laughter and conversation. In fact, Lee hosted her first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, Lee has gladly provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining. In 2009, she published A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, a cookbook she co-authored with her mother. This beautiful, gold medal-winning book has received numerous rave reviews and praise. Lee frequently conducts cooking demos, teaches cooking classes, speaks publicly on the loving story behind the book, and is currently producing a cooking show for Rocky Mountain PBS. Read more about Lee at www.seasonedkitchen.com.

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I love this cookbook and have given it to everyone I know who loves to cook and to eat.
jeanne
This is a beautifully produced cookbook with easy to follow recipes that are both simple to prepare and elegant to present.
Shellie Rosser
I have given it as a gift to work colleagues, family members, children and I still have a spare book at home.
Bernie Dvorak

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I've been going through my cookbooks to review my favorites. I have favorites for low-fat cooking, favorites for slow-cooker cooking, vegetarian cooking, bread baking, desserts only...this, however, is one of two that I reach for every time I have a dinner party. (The other is a local cookbook with Austin foods.

FROM THE HEART FOR A MOTHER/DAUGHTER MESSAGE:
While this cookbook is solid on its own, it has a special message of the bonds formed by a family who shares meals or cooking together. The foreward of the book tells the story of the authhor's mother who threw weekly dinner parties and was an amazing cook who taught her many things with several of them being finding amazing recipes over many decades that went into this book. It is dedicated to her mother as well, who it reads, did pass away. The jacket mentions that she utilized reliving the cooking of her mom's favorite dishes with her mother when her mom began to experience dementia and memory loss in order to evoke family memories...it reminded me somewhat of the book and movie "The Notebook" if it were made into meals rather than a story. I've heard that smell and taste is actually are strongest way to evoke a memory and I thought this quite "storybook" worthy on its own. This is not filled with sad quips...sometimes there are little stories at the end of a recipe that are very funny about a mishap in the kitchen years ago when her mom was learning to cook, or an anecdote of mother and daughter cooking...it's a heartwarming read in many places even if I wasn't so darn fond of the recipes. And it's a cookbook..totally just a cookbook...it's just that there are some notes on each recipe about where the recipe came from or a little anecdote at some of the ends, or a picture of some family event or cooking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When the author offered me a copy of her cookbook, I said Yes with no hesitation based on the backstory: Lee Clayton Roper had worked with her mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, to record the family's favorite recipes. How could I not respond with, "Heck yeah!"? I'm very glad I hurried to give her my address, because this is a very nice cookbook.

It's hard to categorize A Well-Seasoned Kitchen. This certainly isn't an "ethnic" cookbook, though you'll find plenty of ethnic- and regionally-inspired dishes, from "Genuine Derby Day Mint Juleps" to "Gazpacho Blanco." While it's billed as a cookbook for entertaining and dinner parties, I think it's equally useful for general family cooking, even for not-in-a-rush weeknight dinners. You might be drawn to "grilled chicken with lime-green chile sauce" or "baked shrimp with tomato, feta cheese, and capers."

Basically, this is a collection of recipes from a very good home cook -- the sort of mom who invested a lot of time and love in the kitchen. There's plenty of "usual suspects" with a twist, or at least with "This is how OUR family liked it," such as a chile relleno casserole or (this one's on my upcoming menu:) grilled pork tenderloin with ginger couscous. Few of the recipes will knock your socks off... but in a way, that's what's appealing about this cookbook. You'll find plenty of inspiration to make "comfortable" foods but perhaps in a way that will surprise your family (but not freak out the kids). The writing is generally good, too; most recipes have a "make ahead" section so you can simplify your life.

I have only a few quibbles, both of which are production issues. The photos are well staged, but despite the author's pride that none of the photos were enhanced in any way...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Being a bit of a cookbook collector I sometimes wonder if my standards are too high, seeing cookbook after cookbook that in my mind barely earns two or three stars. Then occasionally great cookbooks come along that remind me that there are still unique cookbooks out there worthy of not just gracing someone's shelf, but being pulled out to cook from over and over again. A Well-Seasoned Kitchen is one such book.

Written as a tribute to the author's mother, it includes a bevy of homestyle, comfort foods as well as a wealth of comfort food with international or fun twists. The result is a book of food that is craveable and you'll want to cook at home, but still has enough unique recipes that you won't feel like it is a duplicate of other books you have on your shelf. The recipes are also reasonable in the amount of time and ingredients they require. No, every recipe in the book can be made in under 30 minutes are less, but most are reasonable enough for everyday cooking.

Of all the recipes I've made so far I especially love the cajun pasta. It has a lovely cream sauce and comes together quickly. I'm always amazed how great it tastes given how few ingredients it requires.

A real keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm of the opinion that if you find one new recipe in a cookbook it was worth the price. "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen" has the best recipe for veggie fries I've ever tasted. It is a simple recipe you can serve with or without the garlic aioli. I chose to just use two zucchini (I sliced them instead of making wedges) and found the ingredients were just enough to coat the zucchini. The recipe also calls for Portobello mushrooms but if you use them I'd double the coating ingredients. The recipe calls for Parmesan cheese and Italian breadcrumbs, which makes the zucchini fries absolutely amazing. I found that if you serve them without the aioli they need to be salted just a bit.

This cookbook is really a labor of love and it reminds me of writing my own cookbook in which I tried to reproduce many of my grandmother's and mother's recipes. This cookbook was written by Lee and her mother Sally Clayton. The photographs by Laurie Smith make this book absolutely tantalizing to read.

Some of the recipes you may want to try include:

Smoked Salmon on Mini Cheddar-Dill Scones
Sour Cream Peach Muffins
Tomato Basil Bisque
Layered Chicken Salad with Tarragon Dressing
Steaks with Dijon, Caper and Green Onion Sauce
Salmon with Crumb Topping and Herb Mayonnaise
Seafood Lasagna
Kahlula Chocolate Mousse
Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake

To be honest, everything in this book sounds delicious. I can't wait to try even more recipes. I plan on making the Chicken Kiev soon. I look forward to enjoying this cookbook for years to come.

~The Rebecca Review

P.S. I made the Chicken Kiev and it was amazing. Such succulent chicken.
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