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Saveur: The New Comfort Food - Home Cooking from Around the World Hardcover – April 20, 2011
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The Chicken Tikka Masala was the first recipe I made from the book. It got the thumbs up from the family in the "would you want me to cook this again" category. I hate to say it but my tried and true BH&G recipe for Chicken Paprikash has been sidelined for the one in this book. Having a number mediterrenean cookbooks I have not been able to find a Hummus recipe that I cared for, the one in this book is so simple and delicious, I have finally found one. Other recipes we have tried ... Mushroom & Herb Crostini is simple and refreshing ... the Italian-Style Meatballs with Tomato Ragu, while a bit more intensive on the preperation side, was another crowd pleaser.
I have many cookbooks but can't say I have one that I go back to time and again to find something new to prepare. I'll pull some meat or poultry out of the freezer and then grab this book to see what I can make with it.
Recipes included are; snacks, starters and salads, soups and stews, eggs, pasta and noodles, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, vegetables and sides, baked goods and sweets, drinks, with especially interesting variations and region drinks - like 6 Texas cocktails and 6 regional Bloody Marys.
Family favorites have been matzo brei with mushrooms and asparagus, pork loin stuffed with prosciutto and broiled salmon steaks with tomatoes, onions and tarragon.
It is not an all encompassing book, but one that will give some different recipes than one might normally serve. This book is not necessarily for the beginning cooks, however the recipes are not that difficult or complicated and with the help given in the sidebars a beginning determined cook could learn a lot. It would be a good addition to a cookbook collection or for those who wish to take their comfort food up to the next level.
Included are recipes for snacks, appetizers, salads, soups, stews, eggs, pastas and noodles, fish and shellfish, poultry, meats, vegetables and side dishes, baked goods and desserts, and drinks. These are not quick and cheap dishes but neither are they difficult and most of the ingredients can be found at larger grocery stores, especially those with ethnic food sections. The emphasis is on cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients.
I decided to try something different than a main dish and made the zucchini fritters that included romano cheese and a dash of cayenne pepper in the list of ingredients. My family liked them well enough for me to make them again, but requested less onion in the next batch. Other recipes that looked appealing were the chive and cheddar biscuits, a homemade German chocolate cake, eggs benedict, and lemony roast chicken, along with several pasta dishes.
This is a beautiful and substantial cookbook that has a coffee table book feel to it. It would be a great gift for anyone who loves to cook.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the magazine and their cookbooks. Saveur is knowledgeable of all things food.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cant honestly rate this as it was a Christmas present for my niece. She had requested the book and she does love it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bob
Nice book with lots of pictures to go along with the recipes.Published 7 months ago by sedonacotton
Can't wait to brake this open. Very pleased with this transaction. Bravo!!!!!!!Published 9 months ago by Operaman
True to the title. Looking forward to preparing many meals from this book.Published 9 months ago by William S.
Wonderful gathering of home cooked recipes with photographs from around the world, together with interesting information about the recipe sources or origins. Read morePublished 12 months ago by lbj