- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Kyle Books; Reprint edition (February 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906868484
- ISBN-13: 978-1906868482
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Home at 7, Dinner at 8 Paperback – February 16, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are all relatively easy, most of what makes them easy to prepare are ready cooked rice, lentils, bouillon. There are comments on the recipes, usually one recipe to a page and even some help like: if you do not have a bamboo steamer, use an upturned sauce in the bottom of a shallow pan with a lid. Terms such as lardons are translated in to American = smoked bacon.
We have enjoyed these recipes especially; chicken, leek and bacon pie, and easy mess - much like Eton mess- a delectable dessert that you should try, and her version of creamy macaroni and cheese made with Boursin, cream cheese and mozzarella - it's very good.
I appreciate that the margins include ideas for changing up the recipes slightly as well as Sophie's suggestions in the beginning of the book for items that you should always have on hand and ways to cut down on prep time.
A caveat: DO NOT believe her portion sizes. Time and time again I've reviewed recipes prior to shopping for ingredients and thought "this is supposed to serve 4? Seems more like an 8 person dish" but went ahead with her quantities. I usually like to make 2-4 person dishes for myself to have leftovers for a couple days, but it does me no good to have a dish for 8 that I'll get bored of halfway through the week. Even for recipes she indicates will feed 1 or 2 light meals, they've proven to yield about double. Trust your gut.
So far we have enjoyed the roasted squash salad, baked salmon with pancetta, baked gnocchi with smoked salmon, creamy macaroni and cheese, and bbq Chinese ribs. We didn’t find these dishes too flavorful: the asian noodle soup with shrimp, zucchini linguine, red wine and gorgonzola risotto, lemongrass steamed shrimp, and pineapple skewers. We’re looking forward to trying the white crab and green apple cocktail, baked skate wings, banana pudding with toffee sauce, and peach and pistachio trifle.
Overall, it’s a good cookbook with quick and easy recipes that you can make around 1 hour. It definitely has some creative recipes that are very tasty.
I have tried 4 recipes so far, and they have all been delectable (the chermoula was yuuuum, and so was the baked gnocchi)
However, I think it suffers from a few flaws:
1. the timing is really off, and I am not a novel cook! Of course, if you are trying a new recipe for the first time, it takes some more time, but still. For instance, I timed myself for a salad that is supposed to take 20 minutes and it took 40! True, I do the dishes as I cook, but if you don't you end up with an amazing dirty dishes production..
2. most recipes are not very healthy: the time you cut in cooking is made up with fat: butter, cream, etc..
I would definitely recommend this book for creative yummy recipes but I would consider it a cookbook to use once a month or two weeks..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my go to recipe books. Wanted to try out something new and I'm glad I did! Several have become part of our regular rotation.Published 3 months ago by C. Vitosky
Great, easy, and appetizing recipes. The only defect is that they often require more time to make than what is suggested. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Giovanna