- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (May 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786888601
- ISBN-13: 978-0786888603
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,084,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pop It, Stir It, Fix It, Serve It: Can-Do Cooking Paperback – May 11, 2005
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Following her successful earlier book, The Can Opener Gourmet (2002), which lauded the convenience of cooking with canned foods, Karr embarks on further explorations of how much variety and good flavor come out of the humble can. She goes far beyond merely binding ingredients with a can of condensed soup, aiming instead for maximum flavor by mixing canned ingredients with plenty of dried herbs and a hefty amount of spice. This adds variety and attraction to what might otherwise be a bland menu. Many of Karr's creations use Indian spices, sure to perk up appetites. Items such as pancakes and cornbread start with flour and leavening instead of prepared baking mixes. For those concerned about the presence of excessive salt in canned foods, she suggests rinsing as a way of eliminating some sodium. One ingredient Karr insists on having in its fresh form is genuine Parmesan cheese, not the boxed variety. People living with minimal refrigeration facilities may find this an especially useful cookbook. Mark Knoblauch
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About the Author
Laura Karr fell in love with cooking at an early age. Before she even started kindergarten, she learned the basics by helping her family cater weddings. This business lasted several years and her skills were further advanced when her grandmother accepted a position as head chef at a Northern California college. After graduating from college herself, Laura pursued her other love-writing. She mastered this craft through a series of writing jobs at magazines and writing advertising copy at a major global agency. Recently, Laura decided to combine her two passions, and the result is her first book: THE CAN OPENER GOURMET.
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The recipes make it very easy to make substitutions for picky eaters and they are also easy to make vegetarian.
Before every recipe, there is a handy guide to what appliances you need to make that dish. Very helpful for the starting cook who just doesn't have their kitchen outfitted yet. The ingredient list is simple and easy to shop with.
Everything I have made with this cookbook has come out delicious. I've made soup, chowder, spaghetti sauce, dinner rolls and desserts. All had rave reviews from friends brave enough to try my cooking. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to cook, but doesn't know where to start. A great first cookbook for graduates and newlyweds.
This cookbook is a bit more comprehensive that her Can Opener Gourmet cookbook. There are more recipes and they might be a bit more difficult than the recipes in the other cookbook. However, every recipe I have tried has been fairly easy, uses common ingredients, and turns out well. In fact there are many recipes my family has requested that came from this cook book.
These are the type of recipes a young child who can read and work an oven safely can easily throw together. Additionally these are the type of recipes that can be thrown together in a short amount of time. You can easily add or delete or change the recipe to suit your taste also.
It is well worth the money.