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Easy Gourmet has blown my mind: the recipes are simple but stunning. They are creative yet real enough for everyday. I just want to jump inside this book and live there forever.” ―Jessica Merchant, howsweeteats.com

“Stephanie has created a book chock-full of beautiful photos, sleek design and heavenly food I want to eat every single day.” ―Adrianna Adarme, acozykitchen.com

“Simple, uncomplicated recipes for preparing gourmet meals. Who doesn't need that in this day and age? The big bonus is Stephanie's attention to detail, impeccable design and photography. I have no doubt that this cookbook will be in heavy rotation in my home!” ―Tracy Benjamin, shutterbean.com

“From the stories, to the recipes, to the design, Easy Gourmet will woo you. This is one for the kitchen and the coffee table.” ―Melissa Coleman, thefauxmartha.com

“Stephanie's gorgeous book is so fresh, clean and beautiful that it's a pleasure to read. Her delicious recipes make cooking feel fun again.” ―Joanna Goddard, author of the blog A Cup of Jo

About the Author

Stephanie Le is the creator of I am a Food Blog, a food blog dedicated to dishes inspired by her favorite restaurants. Stephanie's blog was named Best Cooking Blog by Saveur magazine and her recipes have been featured on BonAppetit.com, FoodandWine.com, TheKitchn.com and Food52.com, to name a few. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Page Street Publishing (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624140629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624140624
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ryan VINE VOICE on October 1, 2014
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
There's around 115 recipes in this book. There's around 230 pages that are double spread with one page featuring a recipe. ingredients lumped in categories, and a few paragraphs on how to assemble the ingredients, and the opposite page taking the recipe and showing a photo of it.

They are separated by breakfast, dessert, snacks, meats, seafoods, rice and soups, etc. No beverages.

Almost every recipe looks mouthwatering or at least worth a try. There are no beverages in the book but that's okay. The price and temptation of the photos make this s worth it.

I think the hardest thing is around ten recipes use exotic ingredients that not everyone can access with ease: bone marrow, pork belly, lamb, Japanese 7 spice mix, exotic chili paste.

Still, the easy to find stuff makes this book worth adding to your collection!
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Based on Stephanie's "I am a food blog," "Easy Gourmet" features an eclectic range of mashups (carrot cake pancakes with vanilla mascarpone) as well as European and Asian influences (spicy shrimp omelette, tortilla espanola, paella, lemongrass pork and noodles, pork belly, miso eggplant). From beef and Guinness and chicken tortilla soup to fish tacos, lamb and peas, to octopus chips, you'll find sweet and savory ideas from around the globe.

Ingredient lists are short and prep is fairly straightforward and unfussy; however, some of the dishes call for specialty ingredients (particularly fresh seafood) that may not be easy to come by (octopus sashimi, ahi tuna). I loved the unusual flavor profiles of the desserts in particular, including the London Fog tea cake and figs and cheese cheesecake. As a vegetarian, there were several Asian recipes that appealed to me (tofu fries, miso eggplant, baked mac and cheese (I added Italian-seasoned panko on top and am glad I did as the dish needed the extra crunch). Ingredients are given in American and metric measurements, and each recipe has a beautiful full-page photograph.

As other reviewers have mentioned, taste is highly subjective, and very few of the mains here caught my eye (many Latin and Asian meat-based recipes). Many recipes rely heavily on seafood (fish pie, fish tacos, clam boil, fried oysters, octopus chips).

For those who are fairly new to the kitchen, open to new flavor combinations and profiles, and are looking to gain more experience in technique, "Easy Gourmet" would be a great choice; however, if you already have a large cookbook collection, it's likely that you already have many similar recipes in other cookbooks.
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Stephanie Le's newest cookbook is aimed at beginners like myself. The book is written by the creator of the "I Am A Food Blog" which is named as the top cooking blog by Saveur magazine.

There is a brief intro from the author. After that the book is divided into small chapters like breakfast; pasta & rice; meats; seafood; vegetables; soups & stews; sandwiches; snacks; and dessert.

The book has plenty of pictures to accompany the recipes. The directions are easy to read and do. The ingredients are also easy to interpret.

In the breakfast section, there are great easy recipes for carrot cake pancakes; spicy shrimp omelette; peaches & cream French toast; pulled pork pancakes; coddled eggs; quinoa pea cakes; soy milk donuts, and others.

In the pasta & rice section, there are easy recipes for pea & bacon risotto; bone marrow pasta; mixed paella; mushroom orzo; lasagna with Bechamel & Bolognese; home style Asian pasta; seafood pappardelle; sesame noodle salad; scallop fried rice; lemongrass pork & noodles and others.

In the meats section, there are recipes for porchetta; garlic thyme chops; pan roasted chicken thighs; buttermilk fried chicken; sweet & spicy chicken; maple glazed duck; curry chicken pot pie; braised beef shank, and others.

In the seafood section, there are recipes including fish pie; seafood stew; fish tacos; pan roasted halibut; clam boil; grilled prawns; fried oysters; shrimp salad rolls; miso cod & quinoa and others.

In the vegetable section, recipes include for rosemary mushrooms; Dijon mushrooms; corn fritters; cucumber celery salad; oven roasted sprouts; grilled corn; miso eggplant, and others.
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This is a nice book, although some of the recipes require impossible to acquire ingredients (a minority). Some of the recipes are extremely basic and are included as filler (in my opinion). For instance, I don't need a recipe for glazed carrots. The nice part about this book is that it has nice images of every dish. It's not spectacular, and I am not sure it was worth the price for content I could just get from the author's blog for free, but if you'd like something you can hold in your hands, it's better than a lot of other "pop" cookbooks released in recent years. It's a lot better than cookbooks recently released by FoodTV stars Giada and Rachel Ray. I would say maybe 50% of the recipes are actually things I might care to make. I'd also appreciate large portion sizes on the supplied recipes but I guess they are easy enough to scale up. This book is touted as easy gourmet, but I thought a lot of the dishes would take 90+ minutes of prep time which is not easy to me. I recommend the book with reservations. At least it's not very expensive.
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