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Talk with Your Mouth Full: The Hearty Boys Cookbook
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book quite recently and at first had great expectations. The recipes were unique and exciting. I thought I would try a real homely chicken pot pie which turned out great but when I started to experiment with the Moroccan Olive Flatbread there must have been a couple of typos! To add 1/2 cup of water to 1 cup of flour didn't make sense as it came out as a liquid. I continued to add flour which eventually came to the consistency required. I added the spices plus the 1/2 teas. salt but when baked it was inedible due to the intense salty flavor. (I eat a lot of curries and spicy food so am used to an abundance of spices.)
There are so many more recipes that I would like to try but am too afraid to waste any more money on costly ingredients. What a disappointment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
NOTE: THIS REVIEW APPLIES ONLY TO THE KINDLE EDITION

As those who follow my reviews know, I review a lot of cookbooks, including many in Kindle format. One of the things I pay particular attention to in Kindle versions is whether or not the manuscript is usable as a cookbook - or even anything at all - and I find myself surprised by the apparent total lack of concern, even by well-known authors and large publishing houses, with the results of shoving their manuscript through a program to "Kindle" it. The number of authors and publishers who apparently never once load the book to have even a tiny peek at the results astounds me.

Such is the case with the Hearty Boys and their Talk with Your Mouth Full: The Hearty Boys Cookbook. What could be a marvelous book is an unmitigated disaster from the first page to the last and had either of the Hearty Boys ever once bothered to look inside the Kindle version of their book that would have been immediately apparent to them.

All too often the cart is before the horse, with directions appearing long before the list of ingredients, sometimes with the introductory matter in between. If you're lucky the directions you're reading will actually match the next set of ingredients that you come to, but that is not always the case by a very long shot. Grandma found several places where three different sets of ingredients for three different dishes were strung together! The ingredients are all placed in odd boxes that do nothing to set them off and everything to make whatever follows hard to read. Titles are sometimes capitalized, sometimes not and mostly violate every rule of English grammar and punctuation.

While Talk with Your Mouth Full: The Hearty Boys Cookbook may be great in hard cover (there do appear to be some imaginative recipes and great party tips) the formatting issues make the Kindle version impossible to read, never mind cook from! The Hearty Boys and their publishers should be thoroughly ashamed that they actually dare to charge a single penny for this monstrosity - and I certainly hope that they pay closer attention to the events they cater than they did to the book that bears their name.

Absolutely NOT recommended in Kindle version. Grandma's only recommendation is for the Hearty Boys: Buy a Kindle. LOOK at your book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Chicago's Hearty Boys broke through as the first gay couple to have their own TV show,as well as win Food Network's "Next Food Network Star." They brought their catering skills to a national venue,showcasing their "retro with an edge" style. They have a sense of camp like the Puppini Sisters,and a sense of taste&class like Pink Martini.

"Talk with your mouth full" is hardly everyday food,let alone 30 minute meals. Dan Smith and his business- and life- partner Steve McDonagh bring fancy meals to the table. They have sophisticated appetizers like chilled beets and asparagus with nasturtiums, caviar deviled eggs, and truffled mashed potatoes. Forget quiche. They have goat cheese and red pepper torte. One of their simpler recipes is pearl barley tabbouleh,they give Chef Boyardee a run for his money with their leek and cremini ravioli with red and yellow tomato concasse. They have a fancy shellfish polenta,along with salmon Wellington and seared ahi on wonton crisps. There's a sense of class and delicacy with the presentation; everything looks too good to eat. They give wine&cocktail pairings,as well as timelines. This is cooking for crowds,not everyday. It's cooking to impress. If these two men are "unduly feminine",they're doing a good job at it and should stick with it!

One Catholic priest claimed that homosexuality leads to art collecting&eating sweets. He should've stopped with his condemnation if he saw the creative desserts the Hearty Boys cook up. They have Almond Punch (for marzipan fans). There are chocolate cream cheese cupcakes,pretty normal,along with more avant garde desserts like chocolate risotto with orange ganache and rosewater cupcakes with grenadine frosting and sugared rose petals.

The entire cookbook is artistic. Delicious! The Hearty Boys have a delightful rainbow of dishes. Bon appetit!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had the pleasure of meeting Steve and Dan at their new Studio. I participated in "Karaoke Cooking" as a guest of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. Guests were able to do a three minute cooking show which they filmed. The parting gift was their cookbook. I haven't been able to put it down since! I tried one recipe, the Fingerling Hash, and it turned out great. I love the stories and the suggestions for entertaining. I'm buying two to give as presents because I liked it so much!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is filled with great recipes. The authors' personal comments also make it an interesting and fun read with their anecdotes about family members and catering experiences. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to cook and entertain.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love the Hearty Boys, but I have to agree with the other reviewer who said the Kindle version is atrocious! The capitalization is uneven - often the first word of a recipe title will go uncapitalized, then the other words will start with capital letters. The ingredient lists go from single-spaced in one recipe to double- or triple-spaced in another. Ingredients may be listed before the instructions or after. "Side bar" notes get stuffed into the middle of a recipe at random. The volume equivalents table near the end of the book is essentially unusable. Finally, the index is just a list of the words in the print version index, without any links to where they occur in the Kindle version. (Sadly, this last problem is all too common.) Please do them the credit they deserve and get their print version; I will definitely be doing so.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun cookbook, it's colorful, easy to read and uncomplicated. This would make a great gift for new (and old) brides.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific cookbook. I have made several of the authors' recipes after seeing them on Food TV and all had been very successful so I was happy to find that the team had published a book. The book is clear and concise with excellent color photos of some but not nearly all of the recipes. Recipes include prep and cook time and hints on what can be done ahead of time. There are lots of sidebars about setting up a coffee bar, theme parties, etc. My husband and I hosted a dinner party that incorporated 2 of the recipes. Briased leeks with sel de mer was moderately successful. The taste was very good but the leeks were tough and hard to cut. The rustic apple tart was a huge hit- especially when paired with Haagen Daz cinnamon dulce de leche ice cream. I would recommend this book. I do wish the authors had not included a veal recipe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I met Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. After attending one of their culinary sessions, I decided to order this cookbook. It really contains some unique recipes like Bacon and Blue Cheese Matt loaf. This meatloaf is really delicious. If you like to entertain this is the cookbook for you. It is filled with party planning ideas and helpful hints.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This might be a good cookbook, but on the Kindle it is so poorly formatted it's almost impossible to read. Blank pages, no table of contents, recipes run together on pages, notes in weird places. The only reason I'm keeping it in my cloud reader is the hope that they will issue a correctly formatted update.
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