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Mission: Cook!: My Life, My Recipes, and Making the Impossible Easy Hardcover – September 18, 2007
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About the Author
The host and co-creator of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible and the author of Mission: Cook!, Robert Irvine has been featured on NBC, CBS, CNN, and the Discovery Channel.
Brian O'Reilly executive-produced and co-created Dinner: Impossible. He is a television producer, screenwriter, and the coauthor of Mission: Cook!
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Top Customer Reviews
Most of these are not for the typical home chef, but rather the adventurous like Irvine. For those with the energy and determination it will take in technique and time to prepare and some ingredients that are not all that easy to obtain or work with, it will be rewarding.
Most all the recipes have nice feature of detailed instructions along with equipment required and tips on techniques or ingredients. Some e.g. Duck Breast Stuffed with Apples and Chestnuts and Roasted in Bacon have excellent gameplan outline with estimated times also, which is so nice and useful. This recipe is wildly good!
I enjoy the challenge and uniqueness of this recipe collection and look forward to trying many more of these recipes, e.g. Tea-Smoked Chicken with Chilled Sour Brussels Spouts; Colossal Crab, Apple, and Fennel Salad with Chive Oil; Pear Apple Crumb Pie; Tuna Poached in Olive Oil over Shrimp and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes; Creole Red Snapper with Farmhouse Grits and Red Pepper Coulis.
The stories are a hoot, especially the one of Guppy in Jamaica and the scotch bonnet episode. Excellent color photos of plated food. Good reading and good cooking for the daring and adventurous.
What a surprise and a revelation! The guy's story reads like a cross between James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. Very, very cool. (Dare I say "cooler than the TV show"?) I don't know how much Robert really wrote (Brian O'Reilly is mentioned in the credits, too), but it is my opinion that anyone who enjoys quality FICTION in the British tradition would enjoy this book as much as any fan of the TV show. The writing is top-notch, and Robert's stories are very entertaining. I don't cook, so I haven't tried any of the recipes, but this book made me think that maybe even a guy like me should spend a little more time at the stove!
Actually, reading this book made me wish there was a companion book that went into more of the basic "how-to", and included more of the cool recipes. Robert is a gentleman as well as a "guy's guy", and I look forward to his futher adventures.
I was lucky enough to take a moment to speak to both Chef Robert Irvine and Mr. O'Reilly and they were both a delight to talk to. If you don't want the book for the recipes, get it for the amazing life Robert has led. He is truly an amazing chef with an amazing life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well another letdown! Was hoping this one would be better than the other one. ( 111 delicious recepies.....) but this one is worse! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Robert Irvine and his TV shows. The recipes look wonderful and I can't wait to try them. I was hoping for recipes more like what we see on the programs .... Read morePublished 13 months ago by BrendaMarie
I've been cooking for about 10 years, continually pushing myself to stretch my capabilities. Still, I consider myself an intermediate level home chef. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David A. Barnhart