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Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook Paperback – September 2, 2014
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“Easy Gourmet has blown my mind: the recipes are simple but stunning. They are creative yet real enough for everyday. I just want to jump inside this book and live there forever.” ―Jessica Merchant, howsweeteats.com
“Stephanie has created a book chock-full of beautiful photos, sleek design and heavenly food I want to eat every single day.” ―Adrianna Adarme, acozykitchen.com
“Simple, uncomplicated recipes for preparing gourmet meals. Who doesn't need that in this day and age? The big bonus is Stephanie's attention to detail, impeccable design and photography. I have no doubt that this cookbook will be in heavy rotation in my home!” ―Tracy Benjamin, shutterbean.com
“From the stories, to the recipes, to the design, Easy Gourmet will woo you. This is one for the kitchen and the coffee table.” ―Melissa Coleman, thefauxmartha.com
“Stephanie's gorgeous book is so fresh, clean and beautiful that it's a pleasure to read. Her delicious recipes make cooking feel fun again.” ―Joanna Goddard, author of the blog A Cup of Jo
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They are separated by breakfast, dessert, snacks, meats, seafoods, rice and soups, etc. No beverages.
Almost every recipe looks mouthwatering or at least worth a try. There are no beverages in the book but that's okay. The price and temptation of the photos make this s worth it.
I think the hardest thing is around ten recipes use exotic ingredients that not everyone can access with ease: bone marrow, pork belly, lamb, Japanese 7 spice mix, exotic chili paste.
Still, the easy to find stuff makes this book worth adding to your collection!
Ingredient lists are short and prep is fairly straightforward and unfussy; however, some of the dishes call for specialty ingredients (particularly fresh seafood) that may not be easy to come by (octopus sashimi, ahi tuna). I loved the unusual flavor profiles of the desserts in particular, including the London Fog tea cake and figs and cheese cheesecake. As a vegetarian, there were several Asian recipes that appealed to me (tofu fries, miso eggplant, baked mac and cheese (I added Italian-seasoned panko on top and am glad I did as the dish needed the extra crunch). Ingredients are given in American and metric measurements, and each recipe has a beautiful full-page photograph.
As other reviewers have mentioned, taste is highly subjective, and very few of the mains here caught my eye (many Latin and Asian meat-based recipes). Many recipes rely heavily on seafood (fish pie, fish tacos, clam boil, fried oysters, octopus chips).
For those who are fairly new to the kitchen, open to new flavor combinations and profiles, and are looking to gain more experience in technique, "Easy Gourmet" would be a great choice; however, if you already have a large cookbook collection, it's likely that you already have many similar recipes in other cookbooks.
There is a brief intro from the author. After that the book is divided into small chapters like breakfast; pasta & rice; meats; seafood; vegetables; soups & stews; sandwiches; snacks; and dessert.
The book has plenty of pictures to accompany the recipes. The directions are easy to read and do. The ingredients are also easy to interpret.
In the breakfast section, there are great easy recipes for carrot cake pancakes; spicy shrimp omelette; peaches & cream French toast; pulled pork pancakes; coddled eggs; quinoa pea cakes; soy milk donuts, and others.
In the pasta & rice section, there are easy recipes for pea & bacon risotto; bone marrow pasta; mixed paella; mushroom orzo; lasagna with Bechamel & Bolognese; home style Asian pasta; seafood pappardelle; sesame noodle salad; scallop fried rice; lemongrass pork & noodles and others.
In the meats section, there are recipes for porchetta; garlic thyme chops; pan roasted chicken thighs; buttermilk fried chicken; sweet & spicy chicken; maple glazed duck; curry chicken pot pie; braised beef shank, and others.
In the seafood section, there are recipes including fish pie; seafood stew; fish tacos; pan roasted halibut; clam boil; grilled prawns; fried oysters; shrimp salad rolls; miso cod & quinoa and others.
In the vegetable section, recipes include for rosemary mushrooms; Dijon mushrooms; corn fritters; cucumber celery salad; oven roasted sprouts; grilled corn; miso eggplant, and others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Given as a gift and no complaints. always glad to not hear any issues.Published 3 months ago by Jonathan C Ramirez
Ha same amazing recipes. The macNcheese is so good and it has been loads of fun using this book to learn to cook with my girlfriendPublished 5 months ago by Dani Seaton
I purchased this book a while ago but recently rediscovered it. Wow, I am so impressed!! The recipes are simple, but the tastes are not simple but complex, interesting and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Oakville Falls
. Every recipe is illustrated, leaving nothing to the imagination, and it's so gorgeous that when I read it on the subway home, I had neighbors craning their necks to read it over... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sioda
Love her blog, and I love this book! I've made so many of her recipes that my friends and family love me all the more for it! I want her to make a second cookbook!Published 14 months ago by Teresa
This book is great. It is a fairly large book with many recipes.Published 15 months ago by Cody Carruth