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Cora, the lone woman to be anointed an "Iron Chef" in the Food Network's American version of the series, aims to translate the fast, flashy style of that high-pressure kitchen into recipes that home cooks who have similar time constraints but comparatively modest gadgets and pantries can enjoy. The results are generally pleasing and more accessible than many of the concoctions presented on TV by battling chefs. Four sections break the food into "fast," "easy," "fun," and "phenomenal" categories that are a welcome change from the traditional progression through each course and show Cora's spontaneous, easygoing yet stylish way to its best advantage. Simple variations on classics stand out, as in a Curried Broccoli Salad ("fast") and spiky, flavorful Watermelon Gazpacho ("easy") even when some recipes' placements are questionable: a silky Potato-Celery Root soup is nice, but hardly phenomenal, and beginning or busy cooks may find recipes like hand-rolled Dolmathes or sushi more frustrating and time-intensive than fun, even if friends help. Fortunately, Cora's sunny, can-do attitude and the boxed tips on ingredients and preparation sprinkled throughout will help to dispel many doubts. Home cooks will appreciate the way they expand the repertory of recipes that are upscale enough to impress company, but simple enough to encourage use throughout a busy week. Color photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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It was okay for me, I thought I was strictly ordering Paleo cookbook and there weren't enough recipes in there for my needs. It would have been great otherwise.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Murray
I LOVE the format! the recipes are wonderful, and I have no idea how she stays so skinny.Published 14 months ago by Arvilla
THIS IS A GREAT COOKBOOK. AND EASY TO USE AND FOLLOW..
I GIVE IT A HIGH RECOMMEND, MYSELF.. 5 STARS
What can I say Cat Cora one of the Iron Chef. This is a great cook book to have. It has recipes I like to make.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone who watches the IRON CHEFS knows how marvelous CHEF CAT CORA is at cooking anything.
Having her cookbook to slurp over is a treat. No more need be said.
What a treasure...Cat Cora combines her culinary training, family cooking traditions and a healthy, nutritional approach to produce recipes the home cook can easily replicate to... Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by Highland Foodie
My daughters and two of their friends used this book to create a very tasty meal for their parents tonight. Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by Kevin M. Bell
Cat Cora is star of the TV marathon chef's cooking show Iron Chief America, and so has much experience preparing exciting dishes at the drop of a hat. Read morePublished on December 4, 2007 by Midwest Book Review