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Darn Good Eats: The Cookbook for Creative Chefs and Reluctant Cooks: Full-color version Paperback – November 1, 2012
Top Customer Reviews
1. It's divided into two sections, one with more advanced recipes, the second with tasty but less difficult options. As long as you enjoy cooking, nothing in the "advanced" section will be too hard, but everything sounds delicious. If you don't like cooking, or if you have no experience the "easy" section of the book has low-maintenance recipes (sometimes including prepackaged ingredients to speed the process). In both sections the directions are very clear - since they were written by someone who doesn't like to cook, the directions are fairly idiot-proof!
2. It comes in black and white and full-color versions so you can buy it whatever your budget is - I think that's awesome!
3. Every recipe is accompanied by a little story about the food - I sat down and read this book cover to cover. Jodi is so funny, and it's very enjoyable to just read the anecdotes about the food - and then there are recipes! It's pretty great.
The one thing that I don't love about this book is that there isn't an index - I like to search through cookbooks based on what I have in my fridge (mushrooms right now) and find recipes that way. There is a full table of contents however, and as there aren't a huge number of recipes (70 I think) it's not hard to look through the TOC to find a recipe.
Overall, great book!
This cookbook is split into parts, which makes it nice and easy. The fact that there are complex meals (for creative people) and simple fixes (for reluctant cooks) is a bonus and pretty much guarantees that there's something in here for everyone. I definitely recommend giving this book a try. I don't think any other author could have figured out a way to make a cookbook funny. Informative and entertaining...WIN WIN!
Per Jodi, before she met her hubby she thought the only food groups were "pizza, French fries and chocolate." I swear Jodi and I are sisters from another mother. Really, there's more to life than pizza, French fries and chocolate? Yes, yes there is. For instance, there is the profoundly life-changing "Dump Cake" recipe (for the hate to cook crowd) which really must be tried to be fully appreciated.
A must-have resource for those who hate to cook, and for those are who are married to those who love to cook.
Starts out with how the author hates to cook so hubby does it. A collection of his recipes along with chapters about the hot meter and list of utensils you will need.
Very challenging recipes. Lots of categories to choose from. Some recipes have a photo, very nice photo of the finished item along with various ways to make it depending on how healthy you want to eat.
No nutritional information but you can tell from the ingredients just how healthy it will be.
Back of the book is more package mixes to speed up the process of everyday cooking. Measurement tables at the end.
The recipes range from basic fare like fresh Salsa to slightly more exotic dishes like Lamb Korma. All the recipes are solid and easy to follow.
There is something here for every level of chef. The recipes range from super easy, like Fake Homemade Baked Ziti and Strawberry Angel Food Cake Delight to a little more advanced, like Catfish in Red Curry Sauce and Fettuccini Alfredo.
I highly recommend this cookbook for an inexperienced chef or someone who just hates to cook, but wants to prepare a tasty dish for company.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy cooking for people and consider myself bonifide, would marry Martha Stewart in a New York minute but I have to give Jodi kudos! Read morePublished 10 months ago by just sayin'
Do I love this book, clear, concise, not too many recipes, written to read it without glasses and Very good recipes. Yes I do use this book that I always keep handy !Published 23 months ago by Marie-Paule Shiver
I can cook. BUT I would really rather not most of the time and I don't like complicated recipes(except for special occasions maybe). This book gives you a little of both. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sherry P.