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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061474118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061474118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The conceit of the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible is that dinner is always possible, and in this quirky cookbook, host Irvine (Mission: Cook!) brings his show-tested know-how (frogs leg's over an open fire, anyone?) to home cooking. In his Mise-En Place chapter, for instance, he outlines an approach for getting organized, developing a personal arsenal of tools and ingredients and using the freezer as a strategic weapon, then includes a series of recipes that demonstrate the importance of setting up ahead of time, like dishes of flour, egg and breadcrumbs for a veal cutlet that needs breading or assembling different components in a logical order for duck confit with three-bean cassoulet. Irvine's dishes range from the prosaic (chicken pot pie; scalloped potatoes) to the wild (venison potatoes brandade; sea scallops over leeks with mango curry chocolate sauce) but his can-do attitude, emphasis on technique and helpful timelines make them equally approachable. While readers may find that the order of the book is a bit unconventional, those willing to delve into it will find Irvine's advice practical and illuminating and his recipes solid. Photos.(Mar.)
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The host of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible shows busy people how to keep food simple but delicious

Chef Robert Irvine goes where few chefs dare. As the host of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible, he has cooked on a desert island, in an eighteenth-century kitchen, inside an ice hotel, and even for cowpunchers on a cattle drive. In Impossible to Easy, he converts the classical and improvisational kitchen skills he's learned during the past twenty-five years under some of the most challenging conditions into advice to help the home cook achieve mastery in his or her own kitchen.

Irvine shows how to approach ingredients in new and familiar ways, how to plan and execute delicious meals every time, and how to guarantee maximum flavor from every dish. By establishing a few simple organizational, shopping, and storage habits, home cooks can not only get the most out of fresh foods and spices but elevate their everyday meals to a higher level of accomplishment and enjoyment. Here, too, is advice on useful equipment and implements, pantry staples, do-ahead tips, and 111 easy-to-master recipes (many complete with timelines, and half of which are gluten free) that are sure to keep family and friends coming back for more. By separating each process into its constituent parts, anyone can easily create such tasty dishes as Lime-Cured Shrimp and Roasted Corn Chowder, Porcini-Dusted Pork Chops with Cremini Mushrooms and Golden Raisins over Horseradish-Scented Potatoes, Pommes Frites with Chipotle Aioli, Duck Confit with Three-Bean Cassoulet, Windy City Stovetop Pizza, Braised Asian Pear with Roquefort and Sweet Port Wine Dressing, Banana Chocolate-Hazelnut Crepes, and dozens more right in his or her own home.


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My son highly recommends this book!
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Robert Irvine is my favorite celebrity chef and I love watching him on TV and reading anything by or about him.
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We have made a few of the recipes in there and they are delicious!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lindakay on June 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is chock full of useful information, even if you are not a fan of Chef Irvine. Step by step instructions are given that will transform everyday ingredients into meals that have Wow! factor.
My family has been impressed with every dish I have made from this book, and I have not had any problems executing the instructions. It may be a bit overwhelming for a novice cook, but only because recipes are broken down into steps and many novice cooks don't really realize that recipes don't just happen, they are created in order.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to cook, anyone who's in a cooking rut and needs a shake-up, and, of course, to any fan of Chef Irvine as he has more of himself in this book than his prior book (although that was a good one, too!)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bonatz on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Impossible to Easy is a wonderful book, and so much more than just a collection of recipes. I have never read the introduction to a cookbook before, but I read this one, and I'm glad I did. It is inspirational, almost profound, yet surprisingly warm and friendly. In just a few short pages, I felt a connection with Chef Irvine, and a respect for him, which made me eager to receive all of the instruction that he offers in this volume. The chef is a gifted teacher, and generously shares his expertise and experience. Each section of the book (stews, proteins, vegetables, etc.) is prefaced with pages of text which contain so much useful information and so many practical tips that I think they are more valuable than the recipes themselves, and that's saying something. The recipes are spectacular! I plan to try almost every one.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By gasguz8 on July 8, 2010
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This book has great receipes with easy to follow instructions. I have made several receipes and have gotten great reviews from the family. This is his second book and have totally enjoyed them both. Robert Irvine knocks it out of the park with his receipes. His show Dinner Impossible on the Food Network is great. Alot of his receipes in this book are gluten free and for me that is perfect. You will not be disappointed with this book. Enjoy
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Prarielassie on May 25, 2012
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Robert Levine is fabulous. I love his Impossible Restaurant series. He cooks wonderful flavored meals in minutes and I was looking forward to do the same at home with his book. However, his receipts all have ingredients that are not in your typical household. There is not a single receipe in this book that contains ingredients that I would use more than once therefore it was not worth the investment for me. Maybe in the future he will make one for everyday use. If you are seeking recipes for romantic evenings, special occasions, elegant dinners or to impress then I would recommend this book. If you are looking for recipes that you can add to your "everyday" meals then I would not recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carrie M on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 19 year-old son, who is preparing to attend Culinary school in Los Angeles, CA. He is trying to earn a scholarship to help pay for the school. I bought Chef Robert Irvine's book as he is one of my son's favorite chefs. The book is very informative, with lots of Chef Irvine's cooking tips & 'secrets' to creating successful dishes. The recipes are amazing & so delicious! My son highly recommends this book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DonnaB on August 10, 2011
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I have already cooked several recipes from this cookbook. I love that each recipe has a time line. The way the author talks to you feels like he is only talking to you. Very good recipes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lindadc on August 29, 2011
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Loved the information contained in the book. I collect cookbooks and especially like the Food Network Chefs and this is a great book with practical receipes.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reid A. Lowery on July 26, 2010
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I've cooked since I was 10 yo for the family and find the Food network inspiring at times. Chef Robert is no exception in that arena. His two books are worth the coin and sit on my kitchen counter for inspiration side by side with Julia's French Cooking volumes 1 and 2. We enjoy the stories of how he came up with the dishes, what he was striving for and more importantly, what you can expect (flavor profile). As someone with a solid background that can whip up anything in a kitchen, I find Chef Roberts books a good reference if I'm at a loss for what to make with "that". Truly is "Impossible to Easy".
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