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Rachael Ray's Look + Cook [Kindle Edition]

Rachael Ray
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Book Description

“Inexperienced cooks need more that just a few lines of laconic test to help them along.  Rachael Ray has coached a generation of rookies on her Food Network shows, talking and plopping and emoting her way through dish after dish.  Her latest books, Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook, shows what each stage should look like in big photos.  Betty Crocker, or more specifically, the 1976 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, used to be my bulletproof go-to recipe source. But now Ray fills that role.”  — Time magazine

From her cookbooks to her magazine to her daily talk show, Rachael Ray’s message remains the same today as the day she wrote her very first 30-minute meal—making delicious, knock-your-socks-off dishes should be fun, fast, fulfilling, and foolproof.

Rachael now presents her best idea yet: Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook—100 brand-new recipes, each featuring beautiful and helpful step-by-step full-color photographs that illustrate how to create each meal, along with photographs of the gorgeous finished dishes. You literally look along while you cook!

But that’s not all . . . at the back of Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook, you’ll find 125 bonus, never-before-published recipes, including 30-Minute Meals; Yes! the Kids Will Eat It; Sides & Starters; Simple Sauces & Bottom-of-the-Jar Tips; and Desserts.

Rachael makes it easier than ever to prepare delicious home-cooked meals as you follow along with the step-by-step photographs or even the video! Having a last-minute dinner? No worries . . . you’ll wow the crowd with Gazpacho Pasta, Fancy Pants Salmon, or Almost Tandoori Chicken. Looking for some fun twists on classic dishes that will have your kids clamoring for more? The Open-Face Turkey Burgers with Potpie Gravy and the Coconut Fish Fry are sure to be family faves! Wondering what to do with those last spoonfuls in the jars lining your refrigerator door? Check out Rachael’s Bottom-of-the-Jar Sauces and add pizzazz to any meal with Salsa Dressing, Orange Bourbon Glaze, or Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce. Packed with the value that her fans love and have come to expect, Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook has a simple-to-follow recipe to fit every occasion.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Fall into Cooking Featured Recipe: Midwinter Minestrone from Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook

Serves 4


2 tablespoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
1/4 pound sliced pancetta, cut into 1/4 -inch dice (optional)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch dice
3 celery stalks, chopped into 1/4-inch dice
2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
1 large or 2 medium red onions, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 ounce dried porcini or mixed wild mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup soft sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
1 small bunch of purple or green kale, washed and dried
1 cup semolina or whole-wheat ditalini or other short cut pasta
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas
Pecorino Romano cheese, grated or shredded, to pass at the table

Place a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat with the EVOO. Add the pancetta to the pot (if using) and cook until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, bay leaves, garlic, and onions to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the veggies are tender, 7 to 8 minutes more.

Add the mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, stock, and 2 cups water to the pot, and bring up to a boil.

Hold the kale by the stems and curl up your opposite hand around the greens at the base of the stem. With a quick jerking motion strip the greens off and away from the stems and chop the greens.

Add the kale, pasta, and chickpeas to the soup pot, and cook until the pasta is al dente. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Discard the bay leaves.

Ladle the soup into shallow bowls, top with the Pecorino Romano, and serve.

From Publishers Weekly

Just when you thought Rachael Ray couldn't make preparing dinner any easier, she offers a book of 100 simple main courses, all illustrated with step-by-step photos. Cooks who aren't quite sure what dishes are supposed to look like along the way will gain confidence from the six images that accompany each entry, highlighting ingredients, techniques, and in-progress recipes. As You Like It citrus soy stir-fry calls for shelled edamame and a seeded and thinly sliced bell pepper; photos show just how these should appear when they're ready to go into the skillet. One photo supporting the individual Florentine frying-pan pizza depicts dough pressed into a skillet and being filled before baking--so there's no question about whether the reader is doing it correctly. All recipes include a photo of the finished product, too. Chapters are quintessential Ray: "Cozy Food" (cherry tomato and ravioli soup with store-bought ravioli; shepherd's pie stuffed potatoes), "Make Your Own Takeout" (Real-Deal rellenos), "Fancy Fake-Outs" (Moroccan Lemon-Olive Chicken), " ÿYes, The Kids Will Eat It' " (chicken & broccolini with orange sauce), and, of course, "30-Minute Meals." Ray fans should find more of what they love in this book: easy meals that will please most crowds. (Nov.) (c)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 10890 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00492CNQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking and Cooking with Rachael Ray! November 2, 2010
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I love cookbooks, I must have hundreds and my mother (from whom I inherited my passion for cooking) has thousands. A few of my early purchases were of the "Look and Cook" variety, such as French Country Cookery (Anne Willan's Look & Cook) but I have since moved on to cookbooks that rely on the reader to have mastered the different techniques that are required for each specific dish. Then I saw Rachael Ray on television cook some of the dishes from this new cookbook of hers. I must say that I was impressed with both the style of the dishes and their ease of preparation. The recipes are new, trendy and very approachable. The photos that demonstrate the preparation of the dishes do so in a step-by-step fashion are well shot and very easy to learn from. Some of the recipes in this book were posted on Rachael's website before the book was released so I had the opportunity to try out a few earlier as well as some new ones that are only in the book.

The look and cook portion of the book includes 100 recipes and is divided into 3 chapters:

1. Cozy Food - Includes recipes for some great comfort food, such as: Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Potatoes; Pimiento Mac n' Cheese; and fresh Onion and Wild Mushroom Soup

2. Make Your Own Takeout - Restaurant-style dishes that can be prepared faster than you can pick up something to-go, recipes include: Chinese Orange-Barbeque Cashew Chicken and Crunchy Tuna Tacos

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HELP! For the challenged cook... November 4, 2010
Rachael Ray has published a cookbook a bit different from her others and there are 125 new recipes in it. Some of them are actually almost gourmet but yet simple. You could really wow your family or company by following these simple directions, which include step by step pictures for many of the recipes. A beginning cook or those that feel challenged by trying to create a nice meal would do well to get this book.
Even her cozy food/comfort food has slight twists in the ingredients that would impress, plus - surprise be better for you; like shepherds pie with sweet potato crust rather than just plain white mashed potatoes and made with turkey rather than ground beef, Caesar spaghetti with escarole will `sneak' some green vegetables into even a picky eater's diet. Don't miss the sausage and fish one pot for something different and easy to prepare and good to eat, as are many of the meals in here.
There are suggestions for additions to the main dish to make a complete meal and recipes for them, with the page number included.

About the only problem I had is that many pages are missing page numbers and you have to go back several pages to make sure you have found or are near the right page. Also, it is surprising how much more appetizing the meals are that have pictures; there are 86 pages without pictures and all of that print is done in red, which for some people might be hard to read, especially the ingredient list which is overprinted on a rose colour section.

The book contains recipes for: cozy food/comfort food, make your own take out, such as cashew chicken, fancy fake outs, 30 minute meals, meals that kids will eat, sides and starters, simple sauces and such to use that last bit of the jar of things such as olives or barbeque sauce and desserts.
A beginning cook or an experienced one who would just like something a bit simpler would enjoy this cookbook.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes so far! November 2, 2010
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I pre-ordered this book cause I saw an episode on her Rachael Ray morning talk show where she was preparing a pasta and shrimp dish that looked so delicious. So I just had to try it which I did last night and it was a hit in my home. I look forward to trying some more recipes from this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the recipes, but miss the Rachael Ray personality December 8, 2010
So far all the recipes I have cooked from this book are delicious. But unlike all her other books, there is very little commentary which left me feeling like it was a bit impersonal. Granted its book on cooking and not talking but I do like the intro that usually accompanies her recipes. It just gives that human touch. Speaking of human touch, so far I understand, those are her hands in the pictures. LOL, which sounds silly, but made a difference to me!!

I gave this book 5 stars anyway because it is a good cookbook. So far my favorite recipe was the Chicken Piccata (pg 70) which was simply outstanding! A great (mouth watering) romantic dinner.
Also, I liked the tidbits at the end for the bottom of the jar sauces. Very clever! Oh and she had some desserts too.

Just a note, I have a few other RR books and I think this one is a bit more advanced. It may not be so to the experience RR cook but for those who are new to her style I suggest her Express Meals (or one of her earlier books). That book gives an insight into her kitchen and not all the recipes have many steps or require more than one pan. Even though this book is touted as foolproof, I still think it can be overwhelming to newbie cooks.

Best wishes and happy cooking :)
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