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Mission: Cook!: From the Royal Family to the White House to Television: My Life and Favorite Recipes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    So much more than another cook book

    If you've ever watched Chef Irvine create, you may, like I did, buy this book with a bit of trepidation. I was quite sure I would not be able to duplicate his cooking style, even with explicit instructions. Wrong. This book is chock full of wonderful recipies, along with detailed instructions, even as to plating. Every home cook can make delicious meals with wonderful eye appeal. Chef Irvine is also quite the story teller. This is the first cook book I've ever had which demanded reading from cover to cover, just like a novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Masterful and Tasteful!

    Chef Robert Irvine is simply brilliant! He never disappoints with every mouth watering recipe. This is a man who is ingenius when combining food with masterful flair-- and most importantly, succulent creations... Bon appetit, Sir Robert Irvine!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    This is the cookbook that changed my life!

    Have you ever read a cookbook from cover to cover? Neither had I, until I found this one. I read every word, from the introduction to the index, and I couldn't put it down! Not only does it describe some of the most amazing adventures and amusing anecdotes of Chef Irvine's life, it sets forth the "philosophy of cuisine" that has caused him to excel, and to become the brilliant, celebrated Master Chef that he is today. Some of the recipes in this book could easily be made by a beginning cook, but I think the majority of the recipes are better suited to passionate, and at least somewhat experienced, home cooks. Don't get me wrong, I've never spent a day in culinary school, and I've been able to follow and execute each of the 30-or-so recipes I've tried in this book, but it is not a quick-and-easy, semi-homemade, 5-ingredient fix type of cookbook. It is a book for people who seriously want to cook and eat well, and let me tell you, since I found this book, I have been cooking better, and my family has been eating well. Since I purchased this book, many people have told me that I should cook professionally. My husband has often said things like, "I would pay $15 for a bowl of this soup in the finest restaurant, and it wouldn't be half as good as yours." I have been getting compliments that would boost my culinary ego, if I could take any credit for the dishes, but really, I am not a talented chef, I am just following the clear directions of a talented chef. The recipes in "Mission: Cook" are the best recipes I have ever found anywhere, ever, period. The "Blackened Tenderloin of Beef with Roasted Sweet Corn and Potato Hash and a Merlot Reduction," for instance, sounds intimidating, but is perfectly doable, and is to die for! Tell me your guests wouldn't be impressed with that one. The "Chicken Roulade with Prosciutto, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffing" has become one of my signature dishes, a family favorite, that I can easily produce on an average Sunday. The soups are simply inspired: the Chicken Mushroom Barley, Provencal Vegetable, and Summer Tomato soups are culinary delights that I can't make often enough. I actually daydream about them! Chef Irvine works wonders with proteins (you must try the "Short Ribs Braised with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Bacon"), but his vegetarian dishes are nothing short of spectacular. The "Roasted Vegetable Crepes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce" may very well be the best and most comforting meal I have ever eaten. If you love food, buy this book. It changed my life, and I bet it will change yours too, if you read Chef Irvine's stories, take his advice to heart, and, above all, try his recipes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Not Recommended

    I was disappointed. I thought there would be more recipes with pictures. A lot of good information and recipes but few pictures of the recipes. I returned it.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    I am experimenting

    Chef Irvine tells family tales to introduce the dishes which encouraged me to experiment. His banana bread pudding is so easy and delicious. His chicken Tikka Massala was wonderful. Yes I would have liked more illustrations but the recipes were simple, delicious and had plenty of variety. I intend to buy this book as gifts for a couple of friends I know.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    Clear and informative

    I picked this book up because I wanted some fresh ideas in the kitchen. It did not disappoint. The "Oscar Night" dinner instructions were organized and easy to follow. It turned out to be a wonderfully successful meal. It probably would have cost me three or four times the amount I paid, had I purchased the same meal at a restaurant. This book gets my full recommendation.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Amazing recipes!

    I picked up this book while planning for Thanksgiving dinner. The recipes in here are all soooo good. A lot of them have timelines with the instructions - a big help on any day, but especially Turkey Day. I love the conversational style in the instructions - it puts me at ease. I can't wait to serve Rosti Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Wilted Arugula to my guests along with the big bird. For dessert: Chilled Gran Marnier Souffle with Macerated Fruits.

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