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The Deen Bros. Cookbook Hardcover – March 19, 2007
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Starred Review. Fans of Food Network personality Paula Deen are well acquainted with her sons Jamie and Bobby through her program, as well as their own culinary travel show, "Road Tasted." This companion piece to the series recounts their visits to mom-and-pop establishments across the country, alongside the Deens' own take on featured establishments' signature dishes. Readers need not be familiar with the program to find the book useful, as the brothers offer a selection of dishes ranging from regional specialties such as Lobster Rolls and Brats to Truffles and Rosemary Lamb Chops. Some recipes, such as a basic cole slaw, require little preparation, and more involved recipes like Crab Corn Cakes with Basil-Jalapeno Sauce are still relatively easy to prepare. The book's focus on specific locales and their dishes elevates it a step above most of its type; instead of offering a basic recipe for grits, for example, the Deens offer a twist: two ounces of goat cheese. Traditional thumbprint cookies benefit from ground pecans incorporated into dough which is then rolled in chopped pecans; and corn bread is greatly enhanced by the chopped bacon and sautéed apples folded into the batter. These memorable touches guarantee that this cookbook quickly becomes dog-eared from regular use.
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About the Author
The stars of the new prime time Food Network show Road Tasted, Jamie and Bobby Deen know great regional food inside and out-and their much-anticipated first cookbook delivers just what their fans are hungry for: the best recipes inspired by their tastiest discoveries on the road and personal stories of the people who make and serve some of the fabulous foods they encountered on their journey. Born in Georgia, Jamie and Bobby are the sons of famous Food Network host and best-selling cookbook author Paula Deen. The boys got their start in the food business back in 1989 when their mom hired them to deliver sandwiches. The three Deens joined forces to open a restaurant in Savannah, The Lady and Sons, which led to Paula's cookbook series and popular Food Network show. These two good-old-boy charmers are frequent guests on Paula's Home Cooking and beloved by Food Network audiences. Writer Melissa Clark from Brooklyn has spent her entire professional life associated with food. Her work appears in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and Real Simple. She has also collaborated on 17 cookbooks, one of which received both a James Beard award and the Julia Child Cookbook award in 2000.
Top customer reviews
Paula should be VERY proud of her boys - they have done a fine job on their own!!!
To start off - this book is beautiful - picture perfect - or should I say perfect pictures!!! A nice mixture of food photos - and travel log kind-of-stuff - which makes it fun for the family to page through while I'm experimenting in the kitchen with some of the recipes!!!
And their recipe selection - one recipe is more mouthwatering than the next!!! You're tempted to pack your suitcase - and head over to any one of the down-home joints featured in the pages of this book to see what else they have to offer!!!
It really is a fantastic book - however you want to look at it - food - travel - it's all great!!! The only problem I see - which doesn't have to be a problem - is that they didn't get to all of the states - or even to every corner of every state that they did get to - so it leaves you wanting for more!!!
Simple solution - a follow-up book (and maybe more)!!! I just got this one - and I'm already waiting for the next - that has to say something!!! I'm crossing my fingers that they will see this review - and it will encourage them to continue on their travels!!! And if they ever make it to the Philadelphia area - I've got some hidden treasures of my own I could turn them on to!!!
Botton line - buy this book - you definitely won't be disappointed!!!
PS: Flash forward...I'm adding this Post Script after my review above:
Well, I just tried 3 of the DEEN BROS` recipes and they turned out GREAT: The Shrimp and Salad Sandwiches, plus The "DRY RUB" Baby back ribs, plus the Creamy clam and corn Chowder Recipe.
All recipes are quite easy to follow,just as I had anticipated! Also, the ingredients were easy to find in the local supermarket .
Simple to make, easy to find ingredients. Jamie and Bobby are charming in person, and their personalities shine through in this book.
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Not enough recipes and too much discussion about the how and where they went and I considered it a rip off because I purchased it for recipes and...Read more