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awesome cookbook with a couple of niggling issues
on January 26, 2012
This review is from a 40ish dad/husband who cooks for the family once a week (both as enjoyment and to give wife a break).
1)The food from the recipes is "off the hook" and things that my son and I want to eat. I haven't made a single soup or salad but the meat, pasta dishes and sandwiches are awesome. Family favorites so far have been the cajun chicken alfredo (although the picture has the chicken sliced on top whereas the recipe has the chichen in the alfredo), the Tex Wasabi fish tacos (my favorite so far) and the goucho skirt steak with the four herb chimichrri (my 12 yo's fav). The shrimp dishes are uniformly excellent.
2) He gives some good tips for cooking, kitchen set up and staples that might be new news (e.g., not rinsing pasta)
3) Its not just a cookbook but a bit of history as well (Did you know Guy operated a pretzel cart as a teen?)
4) The size of the dishes are perfect for a 4 person meal.
Cons: 1) some of the recipes require stuff that you might not have on hand and might not use too frquently or a very small quantity of something that is not sold in such small amounts (usually the fresh herbs for example) but fortunately some of the items find their way into multiple recipes (tablespoons of white tequila for example - at least he didn't plug the Cabo Waba tequila of Red Rocker Sammy Hagar - who makes an appreance in the book).
2) Some of the ingredients are like "WTF is that?" (e.g., mirin) and some ingredients I couldn't find in my local Publix supermarket (e.g., tempura flour or a certain type of crushed dried chili or good fresh sushi grade Ahi). But thats the point of this cookbook for the non-chef, you learn some new ingredients and techniques (nothing requiring special kitchen equipment (e.g., vacuum packers, etc) and food sources.
3) The drink and the dessert section seems like an afterthought
4) If you dont have a well stocked pantry, spice rack, and fresh herb garden some of the recipes are going to be more expensive than tuna helper....but they are so worth it.
Treat yourself and your family with this great cookbook -there are enough diverse recipes to tempt your palate for months.