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The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show Hardcover – April 8, 2008
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Starred Review. A joint effort between Kasper, public radio host of The Splendid Table, and her producer and fellow foodie, Swift, this superb book should grace the shelves of even the most infrequent of cooks. Full of tantalizing, fast and easy-to-assemble meals, this collection also focuses on the ideas behind the techniques: what to look for as the food cooks, what kind of pot ensures success, and where substitutions will work. Helpful information such as why buying imported Italian pasta and why salting pasta water are important help the less experienced extract flavor from basic ingredients. Recipes center on quick and nutritious dinner options, including Dressing-in-a-Bowl Supper Salad, North Shore Shrimp Scampi, and Lamb Chops with Crossover Spice Crust. The authors also provide valuable references such as a tasting guide to salad greens, advice for imparting flavor to frozen shrimp and suggestions for using pasta water in sauces. Given the show's popularity, the accessibility of the recipes and the authors' practical and useful advice, this excellent book is sure to become a kitchen staple. (Apr.)
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About the Author
For more than twenty years, James Beard Award winner LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER has been recognized as one of America’s leading food authorities, commentators, and cultural historians. The national radio show she co-created and hosts, The Splendid Table, is a staple of American Public Media, and her column, Ask the Splendid Table, is distributed to more than four hundred newspapers across the nation. Her first cookbook, The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food, was named Book of the Year by both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. This is her third cookbook.
SALLY SWIFT is a twenty-year veteran of television and radio, and is co-creator and managing producer of The Splendid Table. This is her first cookbook.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Kasper and her radio show co-host have done it again. While not quite up to the lofty standards of her previous work, Ms. Kasper has nonetheless managed to write another fascinating and fun read. The recipes here are simple, straightforward, and they easily integrate into the lives of those of us who have crazy schedules.
Ms. Kasper and Ms. Swift offer fascinating tips and lore as well as recommendations on building your cookbook library.
My one quibble with the book is its design. The text can be a bit overwhelming because of a mixture of font sizes and types. It's a bit distracting.
This book is definitely a keeper. A superb choice for an everyday cookbook or as a gift for someone whose cooking skills are very basic. Outstanding.
A few basic ingredients elevate a bland (albeit useful) pantry staple into the secret flavor boost that pumps up everything from simple soups to complex casseroles.
I need this. I need this on those freezing nights when you can't crowbar me from the house and my pitiful larder consists of a couple of chunks of cooked chicken, a handful of noodles or tortellini and a hunk of day-old bread.
Little else is required for chicken noodle soup or tortellini in wine broth. Or "Tuscan Soup Bowl" - a coarse hunk of toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and topped with a ladle of hot broth." Nothing, if you start with a flavorful base. Best part? Garlic, canned tomato, cloves, a bay leaf, dried basil, an onion - are things you already have.
"How to Eat Supper" will bail you out of a rut. Start simple and build from there is the mantra. Or stay simple.
Either way, it's nice to have options.
All of the recipes are designed for the weeknight cook--fairly quick and easy. And suggested menus are included. Many of the recipes also have a few variations from the basic recipe to experiment with. Some of the recipes have caused me to raise my eyebrows skeptically as I read them, but after trying them, I know you can always trust these ladies to deliver.
The book is also peppered with tips and information throughout, which is really helpful. Most of the recipes are adaptable to either fresh, canned or frozen produce, which is nice depending on what's in season.
Every recipe I've tried in the book has been unbelievable. I highly recommend it if you want to put a delicious homecooked meal on the table for your family every night without driving yourself crazy.
Yes, the layout and fonts are a bit annoying and more care should have been taken with indexing the tips and tricks along the margins. It doesn't keep me from using it and enjoying the food. The ingredients in bold help with making lists for the store. Worth the price and then some.
The stories are wonderful,too. I even like to read the opinions and boy, are there some opinions voiced in the book. The reader may not always agree but at least the opinions are well backed up. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves food and loves to eat. Buy it and give it to your friends. (By the way I am not related to either of the authors but if they would like to adopt me or even cook a meal or two for me, I would not refuse!)