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The Family Chef: Make Your Kitchen the Heart of Your Family Hardcover – May 5, 2009


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The Family Chef serves up tasty recipes from two tasty girls. Jewels and Jill love real meals made with real food as much as I do. They understand how great food brings people together like nothing else!”
—Jamie Oliver

“The beauty of spreading the secret of Jewels and Jill is it can change lives.”
—Jennifer Aniston

“Jewels is a talented chef who can satisfy the most discerning palate of Hollywood royalty. I just wish she would come to work with us at Spago, where her ability to create the most exciting dishes, full of flavor and elegantly presented, could be enjoyed by hundreds of our guests. Jill and Jewels’ book will become a staple of any home cook with a passion for fresh seasonal ingredients, who, with their help can now prepare fabulous meals for family and friends.”
—Wolfgang Puck

“Jewels and Jill are truly gifted chefs. You can taste the love and care they put into their dishes. They have both cooked for us over the years, and I am thrilled they are now sharing their delicious recipes. Jill, I hope your peach cobbler recipe is in here because I am tired of guarding this recipe with my life!”
—Kelly Preston

“One of Hollywood’s hottest private chefs.”
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About the Author

Jewels and Jill Elmore are sisters and acclaimed private home chefs.

William Doyle is a New York Times bestselling author who has written or co-written eight books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra Hardcover; 1 Ill edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451226410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451226419
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Fraser on September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Last evening, I prepared the Cavolo Nero and Red Cabbage Tostadas with Spicy Shrimp and Cumin-Scented Vinaigrette for my husband and two sons (ages 10 and 7). I used the recipe in the Sept issue of "O Magazine" which features a great article on Jewels and Jill Elmore. My family was skeptical when they saw me using ingredients that they don't usually rave about (kale, red cabbage, black beans). They loved it!!! Even my 7 year old (who is a skinny chicken tender/pizza kid) could not stop eating these healthy, flavorful Tostadas. Of course, I am now ordering the "Family Chef" Cookbook. Thanks so much Jewells and Jill for helping my children (and my husband for that matter) to enjoy kale and cabbage!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By romy on June 10, 2009
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The Family Chef is my perfect cookbook! Thank you Jewels and Jill. Delicious, healthy, beautiful recipes that my family and friends can't resist. I made a feast for 12 people almost entirely from The Family Chef and a week later everyone is still raving about the food! I gave both of my daughters-in-law copies of The Family Chef and have now ordered a few extra books to give out to friends and guests. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and helpful tips - but mostly, thank you for the great inspiration!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PinkPear on May 3, 2011
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In seeing how perfect Jennifer Aniston always looks, naturally I began to wonder who cooks for her. Research online led me to Jewels Ellmore and to this cookbook. I was looking for some healthy inspiration, so The Family Chef has been a great addition to my cookbook library. I read it cover to cover, which is something I rarely do with cookbooks. I think I bookmarked nearly 30 recipes. The photos are colorful and appetizing. I have only made a few recipes so far, but I've really liked them all. This cookbook isn't filled with rocket science, but instead it's a glimpse into how these two chefs live and what they normally feed their families. You get a sense of items that they commonly use, like quinoa, and an explanation of why they choose the ingredients they do. If anything, this book motivates you to use quality ingredients which result in 'cleaner' cooking.

I'm giving this cookbook 4 stars because it's missing one key section... dessert! Even one of their clients raves on the back cover about a peach cobbler or something like that... and there is no mention of desserts anywhere. Hmm, maybe that's because Jennifer Aniston doesn't eat them? :) I'm not looking for sugar laden syrupy sweets, but some ideas of what they'd normally cook for dessert would be great.

Overall a great cookbook, one of my new favorites!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Olsen on February 12, 2010
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I'm glad I got this book from the library first - I suggest you do the same. I paged through this cookbook two different times and the only recipes that caught my eye were for salad dressings. I have other healthy cookbooks and this one offered nothing noteworthy to me. I was surprised to find such basic recipes as mashed yams and quesadillas. Maybe it would be helpful for a beginner. The one plus - there are plenty of nice pictures.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lynch on February 14, 2010
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I was so excited to recieve this cookbook. The book is great . Lots of beautiful pics that will make your mouth water! My only disappointment was that there is no serving sizes or calorie content for any of the dishes. I have recently been working hard on losing weight and trying to get my family to eat HEALTHY. Though this does fit the bill for healthy eating, I am alittle nervous to make the dishes without knowing the calorie or fat content. I sent a email to them in request to information in regards to this, a few weeks ago, and still have not recieved a reply back. That disappointed me too. So, if you just want a good cookbook for healthy eating, this one works. But if you are concened with going over a certain calorie goal, you will not find that kind of information in this book. Hope this helps.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Tebbe on February 18, 2010
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I come from a long line of Italian cooks-and I am a good cook, even have the fluffy hubby to prove it. ;) Yes, the recipes are simple-but they taste good and get you thinking outside of the box. This isn't just for people who don't cook much. I think a lot of people can benefit from learning new ways to spice classic foods. It would have been better in cookbook form, but that's okay. I love the simple dressing recipes and especially the favorite soup recipe. Of course I have changed the recipes up a bit, as a real cook would do. Especially a cook in a small town where lentils aren't easily found. Use these as a springboard for a healthy lifestyle and adapt them to your family. I am always looking for healthy with a twist, and I am using this book, so it was money well spent.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gordo on May 11, 2009
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I didn't realize that a cookbook could actually be FUN to read ! The pictures are beauiful but don't make the recipes seem intimidating. Like the Chefs themselves, the dishes seem quite approachable...and interesting but not overly-complicated. LOVE the SOUPS! i'm a HUGE fan of soup but with Summer approaching I now have a few COLD SOUP options, which I'm stoked about. interestingly, the mushroom quesadillas go well with just about ALL of them. looking forward to trying out other recipes that will get me outside on the grill this Summer !
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