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Comment: Condition: As New condition., As new condition dust jacket. Binding: Oversized Hardback. / Edition: First Edition, 1st Printing Publisher: Clarkson Potter / Pub. Date: 2006-09-26 Attributes: Book 254pp / Illustrations: Color Photographs Stock#: 2063514 (FBA) * * *This item qualifies for FREE SHIPPING and Amazon Prime programs! * * *
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400052386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052387
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

TV chef Tyler Florence brings a direct, regular-guy charm to cooking that is equally straightforward, simple and good. In Tyler’s Ultimate, he offers 100-plus recipes for just this kind of food—-"ultimate" versions of dishes like onion soup, crab cakes and spaghetti carbonara, as well as more innovative fare like Chicken Paillard with Fresh Fig Salad and Blue Cheese, Grilled Leg of Lamb with Lemon Chickpea Puree and Greens, and Coconut Shrimp with Basmati Rice, Apricots, and Lime. His desserts, all tempting, include the likes of Chocolate Banana Bread, and Almond Semifreddo with Spiced Honey Dried Fruit. Many of the dishes in this concise collection reflect a thoughtful winnowing of ingredients and technique to produce food that is not only delicious, but can be prepared on a regular basis. Some of Florence’s inventions—-like Watermelon Gazpacho with Chile and Feta Cheese, which is entirely accomplished in a blender-—are ingenious. Photo-illustrated throughout, "Ultimate" is for cooks who want their kitchen work to be as easy as possible, but who also require good cooking—-dishes that capture fully their flavor potential. --Arthur Boehm

From Publishers Weekly

Were this book not to share a name with Florence's Food Network show, its existence would be a puzzle. As it is, it's hard to make heads or tails of this jumble of decent but not spectacular recipes that share only one thing in common: a forced "guy talk" manner. Chapters are arranged by type of dish, with titles like "Surf" for fish, and each opens with a throw-away introduction of a couple of paragraphs: "noodles are a great way to put a smile on somebody's face." Recipes are equally casual: once you've started the sauce for Coconut Shrimp with Basmati Rice and Apricots, you're told to "jump to the rice," and in the headnote to Angry Lobster with Tomato-Chile Butter and Arugula, Florence reminisces about working "at a mafia joint in Tribeca" patronized by men "from Jersey with pinky rings... and girls decked out in big hair and gold." Despite this sometimes off-key tone, instructions are clear, and each recipe helpfully comes with an estimated cooking time, most of them quick. Still, one can't help wishing that despite offering truly helpful advice (such as the tip not to shake the pan when making Oven Fries for crispier results), Florence would, in his own parlance, tune down the 'tude, dude. (Nov.)
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The recipes are simple to follow and easy to make!
NancyH
Tyler uses a lot of the same ones over and over, so night after night I have everything needed to make more meals!
Joanne C. King
Tyler's Ultimate has great recipes that have been showcased on his Food Network show, and others that have not.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By L. Cornish on February 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I saw Tyler Florence make this amazing Mac and Cheese on his namesake show and was excited to see that he had a cookbook filled with the recipes from his show. I have made several recipes from this cookbook and they have all come out wonderfully. The Ultimate Grilled Shrimp recipe was so easy and what's even better is that my husband thinks I'm this master cook. The shrimp stayed moist and succulent. I love broccoli and Tyler's roasted broccoli recipe is amazing. There are only 4 ingredients, but this simple vegetable comes out with very complex flavors. There's no sugar added, but roasting the broccoli over high heat brought out this amazing sweetness. I can't wait to try the other recipes. I usually don't write reviews, but thought foodies shouldn't miss this cookbook.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kara Roche on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love cookbooks that will teach me new recipes and new tricks, and this book does both. I let my 5 year old pick out a recipe for dinner the other night (I figured if he picks it, he'll eat it), and he chose a coconut rice and chicken dish similar to paella but not with Spanish flavors. It looked OK to me, not something I've ever seen before. It was a perfect one pot meal that the whole family devoured! It was simple and very tasty, but the best part about it, it was DIFFERENT! There are so many cookbooks out there with wonderful recipes (I have bookshelves filled with many of them), but so many of them just have variations of the same meals. Tyler really mixes things up with his new book, and I am thrilled with the results!
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Cooking Show Fan on October 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This new cookbook is chock full of wonderful comfort foods. Each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous photo. Tyler's new television show of the same name is a great cooking show with Tyler alone in the kitchen doing what he does best. He takes an ordinary dish and makes it a little something extra special with his own Tyler twist and that goes for all the recipes in the new cookbook. It is billed as being a companion to the TV show. I have made many of Tyler's recipes over the past few years and they always come out a little cut above any one else's recipe in my opinion. If you liked Tyler's first 2 cookbooks then you will love this one.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By hyside on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just got this book and already it has become my favorite cookbook. The first recipe I tried was Hunter Minestrone and it was so easy and delicious. As for expecting it to contain recipes from his Food Network show, my only question is "Why would you want a book full of those recipes when you can go on line and print them for FREE!?!" If you love to cook this book is for you!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my husband, since he loves to watch Tyler's Ultimate and everything always looks delicious. Unfortunately, we've been disappointed in the book so far. It appears that the book is poorly edited (recipes call for ingredients but never actually use them) and that not enough time was spent in the test kitchen (the Ultimate Spaghetti & Meatballs calls for 3 lbs of meat to make 10 very large meatballs but only calls for 1 egg to help bind all that meat together, for example). While we've enjoyed some of the recipes we've made, several have been very disappointing for the amount of work that goes into them. If you're looking for a cookbook with lots of great recipes from one of the Food Network chefs, we'd highly recommend Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill instead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joanne C. King on April 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I purchased this cookbook, I had no idea how much I was going to love it! This is mad, crazy cookbook love! So, it's a little overboard, but it's the truth. I had no idea who Tyler Florence is, but I enjoy cookbooks and thought I'd give it a go. Honestly, I typically buy a cookbook and then due to time or lengthy shopping lists, they usually just collect dust.
I can't say enough good things about this book! I've been cooking out of it, several times a week, for the last few weeks. The best part, besides all the yummy flavors, is the use of ingredients. Tyler uses a lot of the same ones over and over, so night after night I have everything needed to make more meals! When does that ever happen? Get a lot of EVO because it's in almost everything!
A few things I've made are; fried chicken, mac n cheese, sesame chicken, honey spinach salad, ribs, barbecue chicken, potato salad, roasted potato wedges, berry trife--just to name a few! All GREAT! Even my children eat it...ages 4 and 7. It's all fast too! In one night I made sesame chicken, roasted potato wedges AND the triple berry trifle...in ONE hour! Can you say easy? Tip---the rib sauce and the barbecue chicken sauce are worth the book alone! Delicious!!
My husband said he's going to start calling me Tyler! I tell every mom I know about this book and now I am telling you! :) If you have a busy life, but still like to make delicious, healthy, full of flavor foods, without a ton of ingredients or effort then RUN and get this book and thank me later! Tyler...you are the best....and write another one!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brandee Pinizzotto on June 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have tried numerous recipes from this book and ALL of them turned out great! I made a few recipes for my dad and he loved them so much that he went out and bought it for himself. I have lots of cookbooks and its always been a hit or miss, but with this one they're all a hit to my family and I!
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