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Friday, April 12, 2013

What's For Dinner by Curtis Stone

What's For Dinner?
by Curtis Stone
Appetite (Random House)
ISBN:978-0-449-01587-2
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Buy From Indigo

Description: Curtis Stone, host of Bravo's hugely popular Top Chef Masters and Around the World in 80 Plates, provides a culinary road map of time-saving kitchensolutions and delicious dishes for every day of the week.
We're all busy. We can all appreciate using a recipe that we know will cut down on time, expense and even dishes. Curtis Stone maintains that the first step to ensuring a successful meal is to achieve confidence in the kitchen, and so this classically trained, world-renowned chef has provided home cooks of all levels with 150 effortless, but inspired, fail-proof entree recipes that showcase ingredients and prove ease of use. He also provides dozens of notes on techniques, tricks and shortcuts that will assist with making cooking more enjoyable and the results more consistent and impressive. Curtis' straightforward philosophy is cook, create, celebrate-and these dishes do just that.


The Good Stuff
  • Nice addition to have the "Rounding out the Meal' & "Kitchen Note" added to some of the recipes. Extremely helpful
  • Photographs are simple, yet beautiful, and very, very appetizing (Take note publishers of cookbooks - people want to have pictures of every recipe and pictures that focuse on the food not on the artistry of the photographer)
  • Directions are easy to follow
  • Something for everyone - lots of variety
  • Lots of fresh ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store
  •  The recipes are never time consuming or have a lot of steps - most can be made (including cooking time) in under 40 minutes
  • Quite a few child friendly recipes that both the young and old will enjoy
  • Not a bad looking guy (Yup I reviewed this one not Chef Jeff) he could come on over and .... cook for me anytime (Shhh don't tell Chef Jeff or he won't make me omelets any more)
  • I would pretty much be willing to make 90% of the recipes in this cookbook - that doesn't happen very often
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Used a lot of post it notes for all the recipes I wanted to make
  • Used Mahi Mahi in a recipe -- a little too close for dolphin for my comfort (I used cod when I made the recipe and it was lovely
  • Addicted to Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Pecans - this is not good for my fitness plan
Favorite Recipes
  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Pico De Gallo - Pg 16
  •  Chipotle Pork Tacos - Pg 144 (I recommend adding some sour cream to tame the heat a little)
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Pecans - these were to die for my friends - hmm might make some more tomorrow!!
  • Grilled Salmon with Orzo, Feta and Red Wine Vinaigrette (The Orzo side is a now a staple for us - so fresh, healthy and yummy)
  • Grilled Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad - Pg 23
  • Oatmeal Coconut Butter Cookies - Pg 264

Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • Good for cooks of any skill level
  • Perfect for those who want to have a healthy, fast & easy to make dinner 
  • A must have for the busy parent who wants to have something easy to make, relatively healthy and not time consuming
4.95 Dewey's (loses .5 because the book is hard to keep open when you are trying to prepare a recipe)

I received this from Random House in Exchange for an honest review

Pictures

Grilled Salmon with Orzo, Feta, Spinach & Red Wine Vinaigrette

Made this one heart shaped for Jeff (to make up for fact that we ate most of the first batch without him)
Forgot to take picture till the very end (wasn't much left ) Chipotle Pork Tacos
He helped make them so he got the first one

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