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5.0 out of 5 stars best seller for a reason..., November 13, 2007
This review is from: Rocco's Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday (Paperback)
With 175 recipes, Rocco's fourth book is humbly brilliant. Though Flavor holds a high spot in cookbook collection, this book is user friendly, and easy to get what you want...as you want it. The chapters have been thoughtfully broken down into sections that will help you take what you might make for dinner (or lunch) already... like chicken, salmon, pork, etc. and take it to another level, with more deliciousness than you knew you could do in as little time as most the recipes take. It's empowering to see that you can make restaurant quality tastes and flavors at home without hours of prep work or ingredients you have never heard of. There are even side notes about what pan to use, and the ingredients are split into fresh, prepared, and staple items. What more could a home cook ask for, really?
Favorites? ... easy to use, realistically written, and the wine and food pairing section is great. even though dinner didn't take hours to prepare doesn't mean you can't have a perfectly paired (and affordable) wine, too. The fig and arugula salad is my current fall favorite, but I'm substituting fresh seckle pears as suggested... a great casual Nov. dinner with the chicken. I'm partial to all the shrimp recipes, but also find myself drawn to the "reserve recipes" which take a little longer...perfect for weekends in with family, alone, or for guests.
The quotes throughout the book are touching and ring true to many, even those who feel cooking is some foreign untouchable subject. They add a personal feel, and show how much love Rocco really has for the food he makes, shares, and writes about for others.
Such a great book... a great buy or gift for yourself, those you love, and even those you don't... Well done Rocco!
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