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Lieberman, of the Food Network's Good Deal and author of Young & Hungry, has an assured but unpretentious strategy for cooking tasty meals quickly. His Drinks and Finger Foods section is full of good bets for impressing guests, such as an Orange-Cardamon Bellini or Mini Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce. The book proceeds to offer a selection of soup, salad, main dish and dessert recipes, any of which would be worthy of a Saturday night, yet easy enough to throw together on a Wednesday. The dishes display the author's ingenuity, like a Shaved Zucchini and Radish Salad over Smoked Salmon, or Plum-Ginger Glazed Chicken with Cauliflower-Parsnip Mash. Global flavors are represented, too, like Asia (Curried Calamari and Green Bean Stir-Fry) and the Caribbean (Jerk Chicken with Banana Fried Rice). The lists of ingredients, however, are consistently short and the directions are spare—Lieberman encourages readers to rely on visual and tactile cues to test doneness rather than exact cooking times. This relaxed yet informative approach is as appealing at home as it is on TV. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Dave Lieberman is a graduate of Yale University where he first began his cooking show, Campus Cuisine, which aired on New Haven's public access channel and was received with huge enthusiasm. He hosts Good Deal With Dave Lieberman on the Food Network as well as Eat This With Dave Lieberman on He currently lives in New York and works as a personal chef.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (September 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401301290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401301293
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Lieberman hosted the Food Network's shows Good Deal and Eat This. He is also the author of two cookbooks, Young & Hungry and Dave's Dinners. Dave is a contributing editor at Saveur magazine and works as a recipe consultant to private and corporate clients. He lives in New York City.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This Food Network chef will score a winner with this cookbook, for it to my mind straddles nicely the "easy to medium" difficulty cooking segment. None of the techniques, nor ingredients, not required equipment are that difficult, so it seems for the already accomplished home chef this will tend towards the "easy" side. However, for the novice as well, these recipes shouldn't alarm them into not trying some, and they likely wouldn't call them easy, but possibly "medium."

In either case, this is fun, exciting, healthy dinner food. Feast your eyes and menus upon the likes of: "Sweet and Sour-Ale Baby Back Ribs" (made with ale with Asian influences"; Mini-Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce; Roasted Red Peppers and Ricotta Crostini; Boston Lettuce and Avocado Salad with Lime Dressing; Pumpkin and Chipotle Corn Chowder; Cocunut-Ginger Tilapia Packages with Red Potatoes and Snow Peas; Penne with Butternut Squash, Chorizo and Thyme; Apricot-Dijon Roasted Pork Chops with Kale and Mushroom Rice; Prune and Walnut Stuffed Pork Roast with Creamy cheddar Cauliflower; Chocolate Guniness Cupcakes; Peach Corn Bread Trifle; Pecan Dusted Puff Pastry Carmelized Apple Napoleans.

This is truly great dinner food for guests or family dining. Not too simple, not too difficult, that is fresh, creative and impressive. Layout and photos are wonderful. Looking forward to future from this rising, talented TV chef.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
`Dave's Dinners' by second string Food Network cooking show teacher, Dave Lieberman is an improvement over his first book, `Young & Hungary', since it discards any pretense of dealing with `economical' meals and does an earnest effort to focus almost exclusively on dinners, hence, the title of the book. This is one of those times when I wish Amazon would let me give four and a half stars, since:

1. I gave four stars to the first book and... this is better.

2. It is better in some ways than similar Food Network personality Tyler Florence's books, but not by much, and I've given them four and five stars.

3. It is not as good as Ted Allen's excellent `The Food You Want to Eat', which would seem to be addressed to a very similar audience.

One comment (not at all a criticism) I must make is that the facet of Lieberman's career which shows through in this book is not his TV persona as an economical cook, but rather his `day job' practice as a personal chef, where this job is primarily to make exciting and unusual dishes for people who either entertain a lot, or have very busy careers, and like to come home to a meal which is comparable to what they may find at an upscale restaurant, but without astronomical prices. So, the `true' theme of the book is fancy entertaining dinner dishes which will not be cheap, but which will not require taking out a loan on the house.

One thing I especially like about Lieberman's book (especially when compared to Florence's oeuvre) is its simple layout, to match its simple subject. Lieberman went with the `cutsie' organization in his first book. I am happy he has simplified things.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Rognlien VINE VOICE on November 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I like that Dave decided to focus specifically on dinners, because that's really the only time I ever go into the kitchen with the intent on being adventurous and spending time preparing a formal meal.

This book does a nice job of enhancing standards by incorporating the use of fresh herbs and spices, as well as introducing new or more obscure ingredients (fennel, cardamom, mango, gemelli, etc) that make boring dishes more interesting.

I also love that he included a number of soup recipes - I hate buying soup off-the-shelf because it is usually loaded with pasta or rice (cheap filler) or ridiculously high in sodium. Since sodium is added to enhance the flavor of canned soups that is otherwise lost, cooking soups fresh from scratch results in better flavor with less salt.

The book is organized in a way that lets you choose a la carte drinks, entrees and desserts and covers the entire dinner experience. I've already made several of the dishes and all have been hits. If you like entertaining but don't want to be a kitchen slave in order to have a few friends over for a nice meal, this is a good collection of ideas to help you achieve that objective.

PS - the only reason I gave this cookbook 4 stars instead of 5 is that I wish it included some calorie/serving size information as well as more carb-friendly recipies, but those are just ideas for future work and not a huge detraction from this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Wooten on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I heard a review of this book on the radio and asked for it for Christmas. Everything I have made has been quite good! Last night I made the Chicken Tikka Masala With Cardamon Basmati Rice, my first try at Indian cooking. It was wonderful! My house was filled with sweet aromas for hours. Probably had more calories than I need right now... but well worth the extra treadmill time. (this is probably why calories and nutritional information are not listed!) I have also tried the Mini Flank Steak Tortillas with Chipotle-Lime Sour Cream twice! This dish has such a depth of flavor that I had to make it twice. Can't wait to try the next dish! The illustrations are beautiful and directions are well organized. Give it a shot!
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