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Eat This Book: Cooking with Global Fresh Flavors Hardcover – April 12, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
An eight-year veteran of TV's Food Network (with stints on How to Boil Water, Food 911 and other programs), charismatic Manhattan chef Florence (Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen) presents his second cookbook featuring the "culinary honesty" premise: global flavors in uncomplicated recipes for average cooks. He opens with a chapter that includes recipes for North African and Turkish spice mixes, and zesty flavors continue to take center stage throughout in dishes like Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce; Scallop Ceviche with Melon, Chile, and Mint; Steamed Black Bass in Miso Soup with Udon and Shiitakes; and Basil Ice Cream with Wine-Poached Cherries. Florence clearly has a penchant for internationally inspired dishes and draws on the cuisines of Argentina, China, India, Portugal and Thailand, among other countries. He does include recipes for such familiar fare as Chicken Parmesan; Potato Pancakes (which he spices up with cinnamon apples and fresh thyme); Grilled Pizza with Mozzarella di Bufala, Sausage, and Fresh Tomatoes; and Braised Brisket. Florence's vast culinary knowledge translates well to the page, as nearly every entry includes practical, and often charming, personal commentary based on his excursions to foreign locales and his experiences living in New York's Chinatown. Photos.
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“Tyler Florence demystifies delicious food and adds layers and layers of flavor in simple and exciting ways that remind us, as all Italians already know, that the best meals are truly eaten at home. This book makes cooking at home as easy as take out and twice as tasty.” —Mario Batali
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Some of the new recipes are just strange or in a couple cases just plain bad. The "Wonton of Salmon with Green Curry and Coconut" is just bizarre and the "Muscat Gelee with Blackberries and Rosemary is just awful. The rosemary overpowers every other flavor. There were some more oddball recipes but those were the real standouts for the "what are they doing in this book category." I really wonder if anyone tested all the recipes in the book.