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Sara Moulton Cooks at Home Hardcover – October 15, 2002
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The recipes in this cookbook appear to be a bit more difficult than the ones that she usually features in her shows, but they are still very reasonable. The variety of recipes runs from hors d'oeurves to soups to meat dishes to deserts. There are even separate sections on vegetarian main courses and breakfast foods. Most of the meat dishes also include a tidbit letting you know the appropriate wine to serve with that dish. The beginning of the book includes a special section that defines what the the items in recipes mean (like when she says eggs, she means large ones). I especially like the section she calls Pantry. This includes simple recipes for essentials such as chicken stock and vinaigrette dressing.
She has included personal stories with almost every recipe, and many of the recipes have been inspired by close friends and family. For example, she tells how her sister makes wonderful cookies and has continued making cookies their grandmother Ruth made, hence the setup for Ruth Moulton's Spice Balls. These personal touches help bring life to the cookbook.
I do wish there were more pictures of the food, however. Even though my cooking never looks as perfect as the pictures in the cookbooks, I like having an idea of how it's supposed to turn out. I do wish there were just a few more recipes that are styled for a quick meal- most of the recipes are a bit time intensive.
I strongly recommend this cookbook, but just keep in mind it's not for a beginner.
That is not to say these recipes are especially easy. Many are not. However, I have made several dishes from this book and I have gotten more personal favorites from this book than from all my Italian cookbooks combined. That doesn't mean these are the very best recipes either, but they work. When you compare Sara's recipes for chicken stock with those in `The Best Recipe', you find many differences, but I will bet on Sara's recipe or even James Beard's recipe over the `Best Recipe'.
Sara's book includes several things I love to find in a cookbook.
First, it's very chatty and informative about how she arrived at the recipe. Outside of the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Tom Colicchio, and Charlie Trotter, for example, there are probably very few genuinely new recipes being created even today. Almost all are variations on traditional classics. How many ways, for example have you seen tomato, basil, and mozarella combined. You will see at least five more variations on this very old theme on the Food Network over the next year.Read more ›
Menu/accompaniment suggestions are included as well as wine suggestions and from my experience, they work beautifully together. The combination of Tarragon Chicken,Lemon Roasted Potatoes and Provencal Tomatoes is one of my personal favorites.
There is a great variety of recipes here that can be used for family meals as well as entertaining. A very "able" book - usable, doable, reasonable recipes. This one will not collect dust on a shelf.
Sara has a broad repertoire and here shares what she has discovered as a home chef herself, providing solid fare for daily eats and also special entertaining occassions.
Included in over 200 recipes on 375 pages are such great eats as: Creamy Lime Corn Soup with Cumin Salted Tortilla Strips; Indian Style Shepherd's Pie;Mom"s Meatball Stroganoff; Hungarian Pork Cutlets;Salmon in Phyllo with Peperoncini and Smoked Salmon Stuffing;Portobello Burgers with Red Peppers and Gorgonzola;
Many will find perfect, fulfilling dishes to proudly serve family and dining guest as well.
With great instructions and sources and advice on purchase, this will bless many of Sara's many fans, and make many more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VERY nice copy of the book -- better than advertised. I bought this for my Mom -- she didn't care what the book looked like, as long as all the pages and words were there, so she... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ccool
Sara's mini meat loaves recipe is my favorite!! I've been making them for years. They are a fabulous comfort food and we freeze them which makes it easy to pull together a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane
great recipes that are simple and easy to follow. Many family favorites have been found in this book. After cooking for others I often give this book as a gift.Published 20 months ago by sandi
I adored Sara's shows during the early days of the Food Network. This book very much brings her food alive. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Maria A. Cloos