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In her third cookbook, Foster, the owner of two gourmet markets in North Carolina, presents us with more of her trademark recipes; elegant, simple dishes with Southern flair. This time around she's focused on ways to prepare meals for what she calls "the way we eat today." She explains: "salads are meals, sandwiches and quesadillas qualify as a respectable grown-up dinner... and eggs can be eaten any time of the day." The recipes call for basic ingredients that are easy to keep in your refrigerator and pantry, and include plenty of tips on saving time and varying dishes. The Party Platters section includes recipes that can be made quickly with very few ingredients like Crispy Sweet Potato Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip, a simple antipasto platter with olives, nuts and dried fruit, and Warm Crab Dip. Simple Suppers, like Rosemary Grilled Leg of Lamb with Tuscan White Beans and Roasted Tomatoes have relatively short ingredient lists and also include Quick Fixes like using canned ingredients to save time. Last but not least is the "Simplest Sweets" chapter, which avoids complicated baking techniques with recipes for grilled apricots with buttermilk ice cream and lemon poached pears with lemon cream. Anyone with limited time and a real desire to cook will benefit from this solid, accessible cookbook. (Mar.)
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Sara Foster began her career as a
chef for Martha Stewart’s catering company before going on to open her own take-out business, Foster’s Market, in Durham, North Carolina. Today, Sara has a second Foster's Marketin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as her own website, FostersMarket.com, where her line of products
is also available. Sara teaches cooking classes
and is a frequent guest chef for Viking and
Williams-Sonoma at culinary functions. She is also the food columnist for Cottage Living and has
been featured in Martha Stewart Living, O Magazine, and Country Living, among other publications.
She is the author of Foster’s Market Cookbook and Fresh Every Day.
Carolynn Carreño writes for Saveur and the
Los Angeles Times and coauthored several cookbooks, including Once Upon a Tart and 100 Ways to Be Pasta
I bought this cookbook for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Just paging through it, I thought the recipes were scrumptious! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lucy Anders
THIS BOOK WAS VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER WITH A LOT OF GREAT RECEPIES BOTH HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS. I ALSO READ SOME OF SARA'S RECEPIES ONLINE FROM FOSTERS MARKET. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Tricia H
My girlfriend had this book before me and she had made quite a few recipes that were great so I had to have it ....glad I made the purchasePublished on March 6, 2013 by Judith
I ordered this book based on a small review in a magazine. What a winner. The recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Wanda G. Mcknight
I bought this cookbook as a gift. The recipient likes the book very much.Published on August 31, 2008 by Doris A. Maley
After making several of the amazing salads in Sara Foster's Fresh Everyday I decided to check out Casual Cooking. My friends loved the shrimp and sugar snap pea salad. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by T. Lai
Sara Foster's book has beautiful pictures and great recipes. I rarely buy cookbooks, but after getting this one from the local library, I purchased it. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Gail A. Richards
I purchased all 3 of Sara Foster's cookbooks at once and so glad I did. Her recipes are just wonderful and she writes her cookbooks with such great passion for her cooking and... Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by Nuts about Cookbooks in San Diego