- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Southwestern Publishing Group; 1 edition (November 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984116362
- ISBN-13: 978-0984116362
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fresh Tastes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen Hardcover – November 20, 2015
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Roper's follow-up to A Well-Seasoned Kitchen expands on the approachable favorites that made her first effort such a hit, this time with a fresh take on classics that lend themselves to parties and get-togethers. The titular logic is a little awkward, but her recipes are graceful: smoked salmon eggs Benedict with mustard-dill sauce, cucumber leek vichyssoise, and Thai peanut shrimp over linguine live up to her theme without requiring a culinary degree. Even readers with little cooking or baking experience will be able to assemble impressive offerings such as tomato shortbread with olive tapenade, lemon-rosemary swordfish en papillote, or corn and prosciutto salad. The collection of over 170 dishes favors dinners and parties (sample menus for events that range from picnics to Thanksgiving are included) but there are also plenty of comfort food hits such as Cajun meatloaf and banana caramel baked French toast. Though it might not make the year-end lists of culinarians, Roper's fans will love it. This is a solid effort with practical dishes readers will likely find themselves returning to.(BookLife) --Publishers Weekly 04/11/2016
Fresh Tastes, Lee Clayton Roper s follow up to her award winning cookbook, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, is simply terrific. A highly curated collection of recipes, cooking tips and inspirations, this cookbook offers the home gourmet the keys to smart entertaining, with dishes that are easy to prepare, beautiful to serve, and sure to wow friends and family every time. - PAT MILLER, Denver s Gabby Gourmet --PAT MILLER, Denver s Gabby Gourmet
Fresh Tastes from cookbook author Lee Clayton Roper is the latest gem in her A Well-Seasoned Kitchen collection. While I boast a large cookbook library, I m quite discerning about which books earn a coveted spot. Lee s beautiful cookbooks always make the cut, as her delicious recipes are perfect for both entertaining and casual weeknight meals. - JENNY HARTIN, creator and founder of The Cookbook Junkies Lee s passion for life is tied closely to her love of cooking, entertaining, family, and friends. In this beautiful book, Lee shares her passion through personal stories of friendship, captivating photographs, and delectable recipes with easily sourced ingredients. A must-have in every home cook s library! - CHRISTY ROST, Public Television Chef, Executive Producer, Cookbook Author --JENNY HARTIN, creator and founder of The Cookbook Junkies CHRISTY ROST Public Television Chef
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Award-winning cookbook author Lee Clayton Roper presents Fresh Tastes, a follow-up to her critically acclaimed A Well-Seasoned Kitchen. Lee has gathered a unique collection of more than 170 recipes that showcase how fresh ingredients and new ideas can combine to deliver memorable meals. From delectable appetizers and creative salads to impressive main courses and luscious desserts, Lee serves up extraordinarily flavorful dishes guaranteed to please all palates. Fans of A Well-Seasoned Kitchen will recall that Lee's love of cooking and entertaining was first inspired by her mother Sally Clayton. In Fresh Tastes, the motivation to create exciting new dishes and flavor profiles comes from her own kitchen influenced by people and places that have enriched her life. This cookbook epitomizes her culinary tastes, balancing an innovative approach with uncomplicated preparation techniques. Sophisticated in flavor and beautiful to present, the recipes in Fresh Tastes are prepared with the best, readily available ingredients designed to maximize flavor. Drawing from her decades of experience, Lee delivers helpful advice on what is best for the dish, the flavor and the cook, taking into account such essential variables as seasonality and availability. Sometimes a can of organic tomatoes adds more flavor than an out-of-season fresh one. Recipes included in Fresh Tastes were tested by a multitude of volunteers from across the country with varying levels of expertise, appliances and even at different altitudes. Lee takes the "complicated" out of timeless classics and presents them with a fresh, innovative twist. Among the 173 easy-to-follow recipes and 83 color photographs that bring them to life are inventive presentations for Coq au Vin and Bouillabaisse designed to deliver the "wow" factor. 42 indispensable detailed cooking tips (many with accompanying photos) empower readers to expand their culinary horizons with unique and creative ways to cook and entertain.
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This book is a terrific addition to my already vast cookbook collection. It is chock-full of wonderful ideas you won't find anywhere else!
I heartily recommend this cookbook to cooks with any level of expertise.
I like that there is a nice mixture of light dishes and heartier, comfort food (though usually with a healthy twist) suchc as Coq au Vin, Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Stew with Caramelized Root Vegetables (oh, my!) and more. In the fish section you can find a light and delicious Lemon-Rosemary Swordfish en Papillote or a more robust Ham and Shrimp Jambalaya. There's even a lovely pasta section. There's such a nice selection of healthier pastas these days that it's nice to include a delicious pasta dish in your weekly menu without feeling guilty about it. Vegetarians will be happy to find a section of main dishes just for them.
Side dishes run the gamut from Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, a personal favorite, to Cheese Grits Souffle and Italian Popovers. Dessert lovers, don't despair! You're covered with a delectable selection of pies, tarts, mousses, cakes, fruit & ice cream, cookies and brownies. May I just say that the Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are to die for?!? We've made them twice already and I'm ready for another batch!
Fresh Tastes from a Well-Season Kitchen is a well rounded, delightful cookbook with something for everyone. I highly recommend it!
I received a galley proof from MLC Publishing through the Nagler Agency and Lisa Ekus Group for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Full of simple, yet elegant dishes. A go to when entertaining or taking a dish to a pot luck.Read more