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Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen: An Indispensable Guide for Anybody Who Likes to Cook Hardcover – March 25, 2003
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With that in mind, I decided his book would be an excellent idea to buy and quite frankly, it is. The recipes are wonderful, savory and enjoyed by everyone - even kids. But I do have to agree with what some of the reviewers are saying, which is that you do need to have a little cooking know-how with this one to make it effective. I can see how someone who isn't very comfortable in the kitchen can make mistakes - perhaps Tyler's logic was that since it's the printed page, he could afford to make it a little more complicated as opposed to a tv show.
All in all though, if you're comfortable with your kitchen skills, by all means, this is a GREAT recipe book to keep in your kitchen.
Goal reached, Tyler! This cookbook is Tyler! His laid back, easy going, fun loving spirit exudes forth in this recipe collection. Not pretentious food, just good, solid cusine of all types and for all occassions. From sophisticated to the simple, for one or two, to a block party, they're all covered in slightly over 300 pages with four-color, sharp bright energetic photos, and great commentary running: e.g. one of my favs: "Behind every great culture there is a kitchen." Multiple cultures are well represented here, Eastern, Mexican, tropical, Italian, etc.
This is well balanced, creative and unique in its style and wide variety of cuisine, with such sections as "Table For Two" "One Pot Wonders".
I like the fact that Florence presents a number of traditional recipes that are flavorful, without hitting you over the head with a bunch of spices, and reasonably sophisticated, without requiring long hours in the kitchen. That can be a fine line, and this book walks it well. And like his FoodNetwork show, Food 911, he presents techniques with the recipes, which can make quite a difference. Fans of his Food 911 show will recognize some of the recipes.
Specifically, the scone recipe produced some of the best scones I've ever had, and I had no prior experience with baking scones. I didn't follow Tyler's advice very carefully on the Stir Fried Beef and Green Beans dish, a screwed up the steps to fry tangerines and beef. It still tasted pretty good! The New York Cheesecake was addictive, and the simple green bean side dish with walnuts, shallots, and lemon juice was very easy to make, yet had an excellent and unique flavor. Other main courses in this book turned out excellent and are going to be served in my house for years to come. I'm eager to try many of the others I haven't gotten to yet.
I would caution that the one downside to the book is that a few times, I found the preparation time for a step in the recipe would take a significantly different time than what the recipe called for. For example, Tyler suggested wilting the spinach for the pan-fried tofu for thirty seconds. In practice, this took 2-3 minutes.Read more ›
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Tyler's recipes are easy to follow and have delicious results! The ingredients he uses are easy to find in your local supermarket. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Buttercup
I enjoy his show & now have the ability to create some of his wonderful cuisine. Looking forward to trying some of these on our friends.Published 22 months ago by Barb
Tyler is my favorite Chef... I get and print his recipes from Food Network all the time... Then it downed on me... Why not buy his Recipe Book? I just got it... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Elly Il
I already checked it out at the library and wanted my own copy so I could try some of his recipes.Published on October 7, 2013 by Bentley Gold
One would think that a book like this would not be for a home cook, but let me say that I was wrong. This has about 10-15 recipes I could make at home with no problem. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Frankie'sReviews
I purchased for wedding gift an love it an once agin amazon out did them selves an it arrived five days earlyPublished on May 25, 2013 by Janis A. Mysinger