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Chef at Home Paperback – October 13, 2005

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The tips, chef's tricks and extra information beyond the recipe will have even the most timid cooking with ease. (Jennifer Mackenzie Peterborough Examiner 2005-12-07)

About the Author

Chef Michael Smith is one of Canada's best-known chefs and the winner of the James Beard Award for Cooking Show Excellence. He is host of Chef at Home, Chef at Large, and The Inn Chef on Food Network Canada and in 26 other countries. Smith is an award-winning cookbook author, newspaper columnist, and roving Canadian cuisine ambassador.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books; First Edition edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552857166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552857168
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bob Turcot on December 11, 2005
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This is first class teaching at it's best. Michael Smith is a relaxed host and guide to building your own culinary skills using a few simple, tried and true ideas to provide nutritious and delicious meals for your family or to offer suggestions for creating excellent,easy and very flavorful dishes for your favorite dinner guests.

It's based on his Chef At Home TV series on Food Network Canada, or, for those of us south of the border, Discovery Channel's series, in which he cooks, instructs, encourages and offers endless hints, tips and advice for creating your own wonderful family dinners.

The book succeeds on all levels in translating his warmth, enthusiasm and respect for home chefs and encourages us to take a chance and have fun in our kitchens.

I've enjoyed this so much that I've ordered two more copies as gifts to friend and family home chefs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christine Bury on January 10, 2007
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I originally saw Michael Smith on TV while on vacation in South Africa. I could not wait to get the book and I have not been disappointed. I love the way he helps you through recipes and encourages you to add your own touches to make the dish your own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ITSABOY! on July 26, 2006
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I really thought that cooking shows were mainly blase' affairs; that is, until I saw the Chef at Home show featuring Michael Smith. This in turn caused me to purchase his cookbook or cooking reference by the same name! Now, I can easily read his comments and follow up on dishes I think I would like which were featured in the show by looking at this book.

If you need cooking inspiration, something to make it fun, then this book is for you!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Lindquist on November 9, 2007
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Excellent cook book, very easy to follow and the meals are lovely. Very user friendly.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Lane on August 16, 2006
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From the very first day I saw "Chef at Home" I was immmediately addicted...this is a book highly recommended for the "can't cook, won't cook" folks like myself, as well as the seasoned pros. Don't leave this book on a coffee table!!!

Every recipe (most of which I have seen created on the show) is easy to follow (there are some ingredients I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole, like mushrooms), and the stories behind them are fascinating. I especially enjoyed the personal tidbits Michael included along the way, and the marvelous photos of him with Rachel and Gabe - wish I had that little boy's palate when I was his age!

Thanks Michael for sharing your life and vision on cooking with your fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Tremper on March 29, 2009
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Its a cookbook that is EZ to use with fun things to make that you can injoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice King on March 19, 2010
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While our part of the country doesn't have the easy access to some of the ingredients used in this cookbook, the recipes are still wonderful. Book is presented just like the show and has gorgeous color photos to show the completed dish. Great as a gift or as an addition to your personal library of cookbooks.
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I'm very very happy with both the ease if reading this cook book & also the chef's use of primarily inexpensive everyday pantry items. Due to health issues our daughter requires a lot of fiber everyday & this book offers interesting & tasty ways to incorporate whole wheat flower into some of the recipes. The textures are new to me and the dishes have a lot of flavor. Also, if you are familiar with the chef's cooking show on TV you will appreciate the fact that he obviously wrote every sentence in this book...you can actually imagine him saying every line. There are many helpful hints & basic cooking techniques that apply to cooking beyond the recipes in this book. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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