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Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Every Day Hardcover – April 14, 2006
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The very best audience for this book is not the `I hate to cook, but have to' crowd, or the `I like to cook, but don't have the time Rachael Ray fan club' or the foodie cookbook collector who pores over good celebrity chef offerings from Sara Moulton, Susan Spungen, Tyler Florence, and Deborah Madison. It is also not necessarily for the dedicated professional who studies volumes from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) or `Cooks illustrated'. It is for people like the author who like to cook, have the time to do moderately complicated recipes (work at home men are a perfect audience here), who like tasty, classic recipes, but who don't want to assemble a large library of cookbooks to garner twenty (20) good recipes. As someone who does own over 500 cookbooks, my first impression is that I have seen almost all these recipes in some other book. Maybe not the exact recipe, but something like it, as with the tomato pie, which has a family resemblance to a Sara Moulton tomato tart or the Welsh Rabbit, which I have seen in several English cookbooks from Nigel Slater and Jane Grigson, not to mention a gaggle of Irish cookbooks.Read more ›
I like the style of writing and the recipes, the few I've tried so far, have turned out very well. I also like the author's attitude. You have permission to enhance your result, if desired, without inciting his scorn. Latitude in cooking is a nice attribute.
I found his web site, asked a question, and got a PROMPT answer.
Nice photography and I like the serving suggestions that relate to other recipes in the book.
This revision is written months later and i still like and use the book quite often. Some of his recipes have spilled over into other recipes I have devised and it's been a helppful read when I'm just looking for "ideas" on what to cook even when I don't follow a recipe.
Finamore lovingly acknowledges the contributions of his family and friends but kicks the recipes up a notch or two to make them his own. Check out the recipes for Roast Chicken and Cod-Puttanesca style. Finamore is funny and ingenious, and he torques classic recipes to a level one would not normally consider. The man knows his way around a kitchen and the book reads like a family recipe collection on fire. Clearly Mr. Finamore loves his family and cherishes the family gatherings he has experienced in the past. He is a blast to read and his food is amazing. My recommendation? BUY IT...NOW...AND USE IT DAILY.
I'm usually pretty darn picky when it comes to food. When looking at a recipe I'm looking for several factors:
1) Taste & eatability - would I want to eat this?
2) Availability of ingredients - if the dish depends on a certain weird veggie I don't have access to, I skip it.
3) Ease of preparation - I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen on one dish.
4) Quality and freshness - I hate recipes that call for canned stuff.
5) Creativity - If I wanted the same old same old, I'd just make that instead of looking at new recipes.
Thankfully, "Tasty" passes every test. I don't want to eat everything in the book, and some recipes don't pass the ease of preparation test, but for the vast majority they use easy-to-find, fresh ingredients, feature simple preparation, look damn tasty, and the author even offers alternatives for how you can mix up the recipe on your own if you want.
I highly recommend this cookbook to any cook, but especially newer cooks interested in delicious, fresh, simple food. And boy am I glad I didn't get rid of it!
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