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Emeril's Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 12, 2004
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Some reviewers might have a problem with Emeril using his spice blends in his recipes, but I find that a rather ridiculous conceit on their part. He developed these recipes, he uses these spice-blends in his cooking often, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to the buyer that they may appear in his books.
Anyway, this is my most frequently used cookbook and I can't recommend it highly enough.
There is a considerable variety of all the components of a great potluck feast: drinks, appetizers, salads, soups, casseroles, gumbos, sides, breads, desserts. There is nice section are starters like stocks and mayonnaise,etc., plus sources and restaurants.
As he relates it so well, food is about sharing and so Emeril shares some of his favorites here in the category of what he calls: comfort food kicked up as Emeril does. Many he just gives us classics and others he kicks up. Sampling the several hundred of recipes yield all kinds of ones to try and share: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie; Oysters Rockefeller Soup; Kicked-Up Spinach and Artichoke Dip; Milk Shakes For Grown Ups; Courtney's Kicked-Up Fiesta Loaf; Paul's Make the Whole Crew Happy Sausage Meatballs with Red Gravy; Chicken Chili With Cornbread Topping; Cowboy Chicken Casserole; Retro Ambrosia.
There is something great for everyone's tastes and culinary skills to make and serve and share at all kinds of eating events. This is great potluck collection, not difficult at all in techniques or ingredients. Many will be blessed using this.
What works for me about this particular cookbook:
*All the handy tips that are given about various food items
*If an item is difficult to find, a substitute is given - and there aren't many of these.
*The majority of the recipes are ones that can be used in my own kitchen
*All seasons are covered
What doesn't work for me is one thing only. As much as I like Emeril, I would really have liked to have seen more pictures of the finished dishes rather than all of them be him.
As a collector of cookbooks, this is my first one by Emeril, but it certainly won't be my last! Great job.
Sure, Emeril is known for his long ingredients list and even longer instructions, but I have yet to make ANY of Emeril's recipes that hasn't delivered on taste and enjoyment in a big way and been worth the effort. He never disappoints. And I have no problem using his brand products - the store bought spice blends are excellent, but with a little ingenuity, can be made at home by simply searching for the recipes online.
These are not low calorie recipes, but for the times when nothing less than a show-stopping dish is required, THIS is a true go-to book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favorite cookbook (after Heritage of Southern Cooking by Camille Glenn). I have used Emeril's Potluck recipes time and time again. Read morePublished 7 months ago by NoOceanInKansas
Not what I thought it would be. I've seen better Emeril recipes.Published 13 months ago by Elease Potter
I checked this out on a whim from the library. Emeril's recipes are usually very good. They use easily found ingredients in flavorful combinations. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by D. M.
After a year and 1/2, My jerk of an X-husband still thinks I should not be able to reclaim anything that was mine from the household and that included a lifetime collection of... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Lisa Paris
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK AND EMERIL'S SLOW COOKER FOR MY DAUGHTER FOR HER BIRTHDAY AND SHE IS ENJOYING BOTH ITEMSPublished on April 19, 2013 by JUDITHKAIDA
I bought this for my daughter in law and saw my grandson, an inspiring chef, looking through it. I bought this for him so that he would have his own copy. He was very happyPublished on February 1, 2013 by peggy buchanan
There are no real colorful pictures for you to see how the recipe should look. Being an Emeril cookbook we were expecting to see some really nice colorful pics to entice us to try... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by D. Sconiers