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Posted March 27, 2012
My husband and I bought this cook book at grocery store a few mo
My husband and I bought this cook book at grocery store a few months ago...WHAT A DIFFERENCE! As we are making dietary changes in our lives currently, to cut out processed foods, we decided to pick up this book base on the simplicity and freshness of the recipes and ingredients. I have not had one iota of an issue with preparation or finding ingredients. The fact that the book is separated by seasons is extremely helpful and we have found all of the ingredients at the seasonal farmer's markets. I think the only processed food items we have had to purchase for the recipes is low-sodium chicken broth and yogurt...that's it! You simply MUST try to Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Salsa --- my husband added thinly seared top-sirloin steak strips with coriander and cayenne pepper and it was PHENOMENAL! The true flavors of foods really come through in these recipes and we are constantly overwhelmed by the pure and unprocessed flavors these recipes give so easily! Such a great cook book...I will have this one for years to come!
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Posted March 9, 2012
This is a beautiful book, the recipes are fairly short and not a lot of things that you can not find locally. The photos are wonderful and really do make you want to get out of the winter doldrums and whip up something fresh for the palate and eye. The chicken saute can be changed out with large sea scallops but under quick tips they also have other suggestions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2011
A New Favorite Cookbook
This is a cookbook that is not only beautiful to look at with the photographs, but the recipes are the kind I will actually use as a "meat and potatoes", homestyle cook. They are healthy, relatively easy, and use regular ingredients.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I review a cookbook, one can always tell how much it appealed to me by the posts-it tags I use to mark the recipes I want to try and my copy is now full of tags. I made the Chicken With Sugar Snaps and Asparagus and really enjoyed it, and look forward to trying Penne With Mushrooms and Turkey Sausage, and Black Bean Tacos With Avocado Salsa, to name just a few.
This cookbook is organized by season to take advantage of what is freshest at the market, and includes recipes for vegetarian dishes, fish and seafood, chicken, beef, and other meats. There are soups, casseroles, salads, and meat with vegetable dishes. Things like breads, side dishes, and desserts are not included; just recipes for everyday supper type entrees and I like that focus. For me personally this isn't a negative, but some of the recipes do require more preparation and cooking time than what the title would indicate. In other words, these aren't the 30-minute from start to finish type recipes some cookbooks promise, but the ingredients are simple and with some planning and preparing ahead, I think most of the recipes are doable for a busy cook.
This is a cookbook I can happily recommend to anyone who wants some new everyday recipes that use fresh and healthy ingredients.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Posted May 17, 2011
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