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I really wanted to like it.
on June 11, 2013
After reading so many stellar customer reviews, and seeing Daphne cook on Wendy Williams show, I made up my mind to purchase this book. Many reviews complement the actual beauty of this book, and I do agree with them. Yes, there are marvelous pictures of scrumptious looking food, and personal photos of Daphne and her family. I really wanted to like this book, but I regret to say that I am one of the few customers who was disappointed with my purchase. Most of my reviews are very positive; however, Relish by Daphne Oz did not earn a good review.
While some may think of the book as a cookbook, I would deem it a "Lifestyle Book." There are chapters devoted to being a stress free hostess, how to organize your closets, simple make-up advice, what kind of kitchen equipment you ought to have, how to hang a picture. To be honest, I really did not gain any new knowledge...any of these topics has been addressed in any mass market woman's magazine, or even advice form your own family.
Most recipes are multi-step and involve more "gourmet" ingredients. There are some very simple ones such as Chocolate Fudge Pops and Cheesy "Pizza" Broccoli, which frankly are recipes that your friend/family member could have been making already. I didn't need an official recipe to make these.
The first recipe I tried was Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. First, you are required to process the oats to create a "grainy powder." Mix dry and wet ingredients, yes this is a typical baking technique. Next, you are instructed to form the dough into 2" balls, place on parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze at least two hours, preferably overnight. When you FINALLY can bake your cookies, you then have to switch the cookie dough balls to a room temperature baking sheet to bake them and half-way through baking you are instructed to "bang the sheet on the open oven door." The cookies were good, not to die for, especially considering all the steps involved. I will stick to Toll House, or even Toll House pan cookies...at least my kids can have cookies about 20 minutes after I start to bake them.
I saw Daphne make the Roasted Cauliflower Grilled Cheese with Jalapeno Aioli on the Wendy Williams show. Wendy raved about the sandwich and you could see that she was really enjoying it. So I decided to make myself a special sandwich. Went to the supermarket to get all the ingredients. Warning: do not make this sandwich if you are super hungry because you will FAINT from starvation before it is ready. First you are to caramelize your onions, 20 to 25 minutes. Roast your cauliflower for 15 minutes. Next assemble your sandwich and cook in a pan for 4 to 6 minutes on one side and then 3 to 4 minutes on the other. That's an awful lot of time for ONE sandwich for ONE lunch. Yes, it was tasty, but not worth time that was required.
Another recipe I tried was the Mushroom Leek Goat Cheese Quiche. So I cheated and used a refrigerated pie crust. I make many different quiches, working with what cheese and veggies I have, and this one was nothing exceptional, except for the price--over $5 for 4 ounces of goat cheese and her recipe calls for 6 oz. Don't tell my husband I spent $10 for goat cheese. This make a custardy quiche, similar to what you'd get at a café. I enjoyed the quiche and my mom did too, so I can't dismiss the recipe, I just object to the cost.
All in all, Relish is a beautiful book, but lacks substance as far as the knowledge presented. The recipes tend to be complicated and require expensive ingredients.