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Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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Now, a little information concerning how the book is designed. First we get to sit down with Sara and have a chat (at least that's what it feels like) about her philosophy behind this book and what specifically she means when she lists certain ingredients in her recipes: salt is Kosher, butter is unsalted, avocados are Haas, canned tomatos should be fire roasted if possible, etc. Then we get into the recipes. There are 200 listed recipes in the book, 65 of those are vegetarian. (Seventy-eight recipes show the vegetarian icon, but 13 of those are desserts.) There are chapters which focus on soup as the main course of your meal, the fact that it's okay to have a sandwich for supper, combine two or more different appetizers as a main meal, a spirited defense of the egg as a main ingredient, five ingredient main meals, how to cook one time for two meals, a total of 16 chapters of recipes. And those recipes are written by a real person who talks you all the way through them. Don't have a specific item to complete this ingredient list?Read more ›
This review is from: Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners (Hardcover)
I love Sara Moulton! I own all her books. And still watch reruns on weeknight meals on NY25. BUT, I also think Ruth Reichl's Gourmet Cookbook is excellent. I too, love Jacques Pepin. So, having been raised from THAT group of cooking instructors, Sara's recipes are natural, a delight, and evidence of an active exploratory mind in the kitchen. Who can't think of Pepin's omelette with Perigod Truffles and Caviar Canapes?- and this is what he calls his "FAST FOOD my way."
Now, if you are coming from Rachel Ray, Guy Fieri, and Giada....and are taught to throw meals together in 30 minutes with your bare fists, you are in for a rude awakening: you will get the Smackdown. Witness Chicken Saltimbocca with Artichoke Sauce (artichoke hearts (from can) with Proscuitto di Parma , fresh sage leaves, and homemade chicken stock). Although simpler substitutes are given, Sara admits that she feels restricted when asked to cook with five ingredients. She's been trying to water it down for a few books already. My guess is, you can't change a personality. If you sincerely have a complex palette, so be it!
I will say this though: Cooking, to me, is like haute couture. You look at the difficult dishes, and even when you simplify, you still end up at a higher plateau of flavors than making a simple dish well. That's not to say Sara's recipes are all that difficult. But you do need a fully stocked pantry. You may have trouble if the only place you can shop in town is the Walmart or Target. You need to review the recipe and make sure you have all the ingredients before hand.Read more ›
Sara makes a good case in the intro to her new book: with tons of recipes and advice on the internet, how does one decide which ones to follow? I myself have gone down that path many a new dishes. What you get in this book is years of hands-on experience, professional expertise, and an American angle -on Moulton's fascination with American and ethnic foods (don't worry, an appendix for finding more obscure ingredients online - even though substitutes are given- are provided). True to the title of the book, the dishes were tested out on her husband and kids. ("The Meathead Husband" has been promoted to "The Husband" since the last book) You'd be surprised how many cookbooks and recipes out there appear good on paper, but have never been tested in a kitchen. No so here: Sara has worked as executive chef and in the test kitchen of this country's most prestigious culinary magazine for 23 years, so is it any surprise that you can take Sara out of Gourmet, but you can't take the gourmet out of Sara?
The book also features an innovative "leftovers" chapter (two-for-one), giving recipes that can act as a lead-in to the next night's dish (which is provided as a next recipe).Read more ›
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I love watching her cooking program on PBS, she's so down to earth and would make a great best friend. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elaine Olly
Saw this cook on TV and thought she was terrific. Her book confirms my choice!Published 9 months ago by E. A. BABB
I love this cookbook. Not only is it fun just reading but the dishes I have cooked, we love. The lamb chop steak and butter is my husband's favorite.Published 11 months ago by Trish
This book has wonderful easy meals that are delicious. Great tv show as well.Published 13 months ago by Cynthia Jeffries
Not the best book...I'd say it's just ok. I bought it after seeing one of her shows on tv, and it would have better just to get the one interesting recipe from her website.Published 18 months ago by Sweet Swede