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Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
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I LOVE this book! First of all - it's absolutely beautiful! The photos are stunning and not only make you drool over the food but give a sneak peak into Daphne's real life and life on The Chew. It's a pleasure just to sit down with it and a cup of tea (which I did tonight for a couple of hours!) and look through the photos!

Next, the food. Daphne is so creative and playful with food. She's not afraid to indulge (um...roasted cauliflower grilled cheese with jalapeno aioli anyone??) while still keeping heath conscious vibe. This book is amazing for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Although most of her yummy offerings are veggie based, shrimp, fish, and chicken do make appearances. I can't wait to substitute the chile jam chicken (with caramelized sweet potatoes and peaches) with tofu.

Then there are the fun and helpful lifestyle tips. Everything from health and exercise to makeup ideas. I'm looking forward to trying the energizing citrus body scrub. She just has so many ideas that are affordable and easy. There's a chapter on The HIp Homemaker, with amazing ideas for parties, decorating, and crafting. There are tips on relationships, family and marriage, as well as what to wear and do while traveling. My favorite suggestion was to make a "happiness list" (she went skydiving!).
Daphne is like the young, hip, and cool Martha Stewart.

I wish I had this book 10 years ago. Oh well. I'll just have to start "Relish"-ing my life now - and adding a whole lot more fun and yum to it! Thanks, Daphne!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
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"Relish" is a game-changer.

I'll admit it - I'm not much of a cook. Most of the cook books I own fall into one of two categories: beautiful "coffee table" books that are fun browse through, or books with decent recipes that I never make because I can't bring myself to open the book...

And then there's "Relish"... This book is inspiring. It's absolutely gorgeous, for starters, but it's not just another compilation of beautiful photographs. The recipes are fantastic as well. (Mostly vegetarian - which is great for me, because I don't eat meat - with a few "meat-eater" options.) My favorites so far (YES - I've already tried a bunch of these!) are the grilled cheese and cauliflower, the veggie burger, and the creamy zucchini soup. Oh, and the grapefruit/thyme spritz is sublime. (Yep, Daphne does cocktails, too.)

Even though this is technically a cook book, I hate to stick it in that category, because it's much more than that. I'd call it a 'lifestyle' book, because it covers everything from relationships with your significant other, to best friends, to living life to the fullest. This is a book you'll want to READ - not just go to for recipes!
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
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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.
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35 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
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If I could make this book appear in every home in the world, I would. And I don't say kitchen because it is so much more than a cookbook, thought it is one (and one of the best I've added to an immense library of cookbooks). It is, dare I say, a book about life. And I fully acknowledge how profound that sounds. But it is. Daphne Oz is wise beyond her years and I wish this had been delivered to me when I was in college or younger.

First of all, paging through this book, the look and design is gorgeous and this is just the beginning of the good signs. Her taste in everything is elevated. The book is full of surprises and is authentically inspirational. She is the real deal.

My wife and I are fighting over our copy currently so I just ordered several more for our family and friends. It is full of insight worth sharing.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
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Disappointed because it had very few recipes. I was expecting LOTS of HEALTHY recipes~! It just describes how wonderful the OZ Family is~! BOO~!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, maybe not quite.. but Daphne charms the pants off you in this book (which is beautifully laid out....). Her recipes are a great mix of healthy and indulgent - every one I've tried turns out great and I get rave reviews. Her tips and thoughts on life hit home for this 26 year old whose in that in between stage of pretending to be an adult and sorta kinda are an adult... She has lots of great tips on life, love, planning for your future and taking care of yourself NOW! I LOVE THIS BOOK.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
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Daphne Oz's new book is fun, gorgeous, packed with beautiful decorating ideas, chock full of hostess tips and brimming with mouth-watering recipes. But unlike other books that might offer their own tips and tricks, Oz offers real, practical, feasible ideas I (and you) can use *right now*. Oz offers the ultimate guidebook for making the life you live -- with all its stresses, deadlines and obligations -- into the life you want to be living. I have beautiful cookbooks sitting on my shelves that have great recipes and decorating ideas I could definitely get around to preparing if I had an unlimited budget and hours of time to spend over the stove/sewing machine/glue gun/mixer, which I do not and most likely will not. Relish is something I can actually use. Oz's recipes for stuffed artichoke and roasted peaches, cauliflower grilled cheese and zucchini-tarragon soup (all illustrated with pictures), are things I can whip up after work and enjoy. As she writes in the introduction, "Most of us have at least an inkling of what we might like our better lives to resemble. What holds us back from going for that goal, I've found, is a combination of not being sure how to get started and worrying/expecting/hoping that the moment to embark down that path isn't right now....What confuses me is why we think we have to wait for this better life." With a little help from Oz, we don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
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I really love this book. I initially bought it because I love Daphne Oz on The Chew and thought it would be a fun book to have. It's about half cookbook, half life advice. I've made several of the recipes so far and they've all been great! My friends love her Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Her advice on building a healthy, joyful and put-together life is also great. She covers everything from dating and friendships to decorating and entertaining .I have since bought several copies to give as gifts - I think this is a great book for a young women who is just starting out in the "real world."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
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Daphne Oz amazes me every day that I see her on The Chew and I am such a fan. When I heard she had a book coming out called "Relish", well, I immediately ordered it. I sat down one night to glance through it and actually spent 4 hours totally engrossed in her lively discussion about food, makeup, nutrition - she covers everything! Honestly! I now am spending a slower amount of time with each chapter and soaking in all the wonderful knowledge and information this young woman has to offer.

I rated this a "5" because I do love the book and it will change my life in big ways, but more importantly, in the smaller areas of my daily routine of living.

I would recommend this book to everyone - young and young at heart. You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
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I've watched Daphne on "The Chew" and just enjoy her enthusiasm and sense of humor. When I saw her on Dr. Oz's show, I thought my daughter-in-law who loves to cook might like her book. Well, it was love at first reading it for her. She said it was hard to put it down because it wasn't just another recipe book...it told a story that was interesting and motivating too. Thanks, Daphne, for writing such an excellent book in which you shared your personal life along with some awesome recipes. Hope to see another one by you in the near future. God bless.
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