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Sara Foster's Casual Cooking: More Fresh Simple Recipes from Foster's Market Hardcover – March 6, 2007
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About the Author
chef for Martha Stewart’s catering company before going on to open her own take-out business, Foster’s Market, in Durham, North Carolina. Today, Sara has a second Foster's Marketin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as her own website, FostersMarket.com, where her line of products
is also available. Sara teaches cooking classes
and is a frequent guest chef for Viking and
Williams-Sonoma at culinary functions. She is also the food columnist for Cottage Living and has
been featured in Martha Stewart Living, O Magazine, and Country Living, among other publications.
She is the author of Foster’s Market Cookbook and Fresh Every Day.
Carolynn Carreño writes for Saveur and the
Los Angeles Times and coauthored several cookbooks, including Once Upon a Tart and 100 Ways to Be Pasta
Top Customer Reviews
The title and collaborator may give one the impression that Foster's book has a lot in common with Silverton's book, but it does not. While Silverton's book is oriented toward preparing food at home, Foster's book continues her journal of recipes from her market. And, while the title of the book suggests `easy' preparation, I would leave it at `easier than her previous books'.
Foster's books, and her personal history, have much in common with Ina Garten. Both were Martha Stewart collaborators, and both ran (and Foster still currently runs) catering businesses in upscale neighborhoods. There is also a lot in common in their selection of recipes; however, Garten has thoroughly transplanted her comfort zone from the commercial to the home kitchen. Thus, Foster's recipes all seem to be just a bit more highly polished and a bit more suitable for fancy entertaining, in spite of the `casual' rubric.
Ms. Foster starts with the seemingly obligatory `things you need in your pantry' chapter, which is a good read, but always irrelevant. The best course is the great advice from Mahdur Jaffrey, who recommends just acquiring what you need for the recipes you cook and learn, and stock up for those recipes only, adding things as you learn new recipes.Read more ›
This book is definitely geared for beginners and/or folks who savor a fresh, home-cooked meal in the amount of time required to call in a pizza order. Save your French Laundry cookbook for the snowy weekends and pull this one out at the end of a hectic work day.
Although the recipes are simple, the finished product (sans the pizza muffin) is sophisticated. I love to entertain, and these recipes are perfect for impromptu socializing.
Lastly, the entire chapter dedicated to eggs will certainly cause you to rethink leaving home for a gourmet brunch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this cookbook for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Just paging through it, I thought the recipes were scrumptious! Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Lucy Anders
THIS BOOK WAS VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER WITH A LOT OF GREAT RECEPIES BOTH HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS. I ALSO READ SOME OF SARA'S RECEPIES ONLINE FROM FOSTERS MARKET. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Tricia H
My girlfriend had this book before me and she had made quite a few recipes that were great so I had to have it ....glad I made the purchasePublished on March 6, 2013 by Judith
I ordered this book based on a small review in a magazine. What a winner. The recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Wanda G. Mcknight
I bought this cookbook as a gift. The recipient likes the book very much.Published on August 31, 2008 by Doris A. Maley
After making several of the amazing salads in Sara Foster's Fresh Everyday I decided to check out Casual Cooking. My friends loved the shrimp and sugar snap pea salad. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by T. Lai
Sara Foster's book has beautiful pictures and great recipes. I rarely buy cookbooks, but after getting this one from the local library, I purchased it. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Gail A. Richards