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Kitchen Simple: Essential Recipes for Everyday Cooking
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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James Peterson is known for his technique books, like Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making. Kitchen Simple is Peterson's entry into the more everyday cooking. Most recipes can be made in 30 minutes, though he does have "weekend recipes" that take more than 30 minutes, like chicken broth. There is also an entire section on sauces that could be made ahead, like homemade mayonnaise.

The chapters are divided with such headings as soup, salad, poultry, etc. There are excellent ingredients and techniques chapters at the beginning of the book that really helps with understanding recipes and makes the recipe faster, if you don't know what the technique is just reference the front of the book.

There are a lot of pictures of the finished product, very drool worthy, but not every recipe has a picture.

The recipes themselves are, on the surface, an odd mix. Everything from mashed potatoes to slow roasted duck legs with sauerkraut. The potato recipe has a bunch of variations to elevate it, from the simple additions of basil or garlic, to fancy truffles. Beef tacos sit next to roasted leg of lamb. There is a wide variation from very simple to more advanced, but still streamlined, proving that everyday cooking can also be fairly complex tasting, using techniques to simplify the recipe and steps but still end up with a wow factor. And then some days you just want delicious tacos.

There are even dessert recipes to round out the meal. The sauteed spinach with garlic is a delicious side dish. Served beside the grilled country ham and aged Gouda sandwiches it was a fast and easy meal that really satisfied, though my Gouda was from Sam's and I'm not sure how aged it was, still really good.

The Asian poached chicken was wonderful with rice. The next day we put leftover chicken in soft tortilla wraps with a little rooster sauce and hoisin sauce mix, a few mixed salad greens, and it was a great second meal. The roast pears with butterscotch sauce was like a restaurant dish, but amazingly simple to make at home.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
James Peterson's `Kitchen Simple' presents recipes that have 30 minutes or less preparation, not counting cooking time. The elegance for these dishes is in their presentation the twist in some added ingredients. Not every finished dish is pictured and there are usually two recipes per page. Peterson gives a list and descriptions of ingredients equipment to have on hand. A short section on cooking techniques is included.

These are not the usual run of the meal recipes for the usual comfort food, but they are perhaps the modern day equivalent of that. There are recipes with a bit of a difference for your family or your guests. The recipes are not that hard, they are short and basically simple, especially if you are an experienced cook, but determined beginners would be able to handle these. There are some great ideas for making medallions out of salmon or other fish to keep thin parts from overcooking.
Our family has especially enjoyed the Russian tea cookies, the garlic soup with poached eggs, the fresh tuna salad and Peach Melba.
The book contains; hors d'oeuvres, soups, salads, vegetables, cheese dishes, seafood, pasta and grains, meat, poultry, sauces and desserts., breakfast, hot and cold drinks. An index is included.
This is a book for those that want to add something just a little bit different to their collection.
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on March 28, 2014
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Recipes are presented by course, salad, soup as well as protein, seafood, poultry, etc. Book opens with some basics on key pantry ingredients and basic cooking techniques, which I think are helpful, as well as thoughts on kitchenware. (never heard of "ramekins" for ex) I have tried a few of the recipes, which came out well, and look forward to trying more. I especially like the soup and salad recipes, because my soup/salad repertoire is pretty basic, and I'm always on the look out for more tasty ideas. The veggie recipes also look tempting, some of which, sauteed spinach with pine nuts and raisins, are a Spanish tapas dish I know well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2014
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I love this book - some of the recipes are very simple - but to have them there in the book reminds you to actually MAKE them. Very classic and very, very delicious. Easy to read and understand - and great pictures. This would be a great book to give to a young person starting out on their own... An excellent edition to anyone's collection.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2014
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IT IS A JAMES PETERSON, THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO SAY
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2014
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Great cookbook
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
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I've just received this book. Within the first 25 pages I've notice two editing mistakes and one photo blunder--rush to publish? Honestly, how can Peterson put out so many cookbooks in so few years and receive so many accolades? I've purchased many of them but this is likely the last, it seems he's resting and profiting on his laurels.

And the book is printed in China--shame.
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