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In The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys, Deirdre Imus shares more than 125 recipes from the unique place that she and her husband, Don Imus, created. The dishes, from Butch's Blueberry Pancakes, Cowboy Sloppy Joes, and Buffalo Red Chili Enchiladas to Chicken-Less Pot Pie, Imus Ranch Barbecue, Walnut Chocolate-Chip Cookies, and Arborio Sweet Rice Pudding, are guaranteed to please the whole family. As Deirdre says, if kids and cowboys will eat it, it has to be good! Packed with full-color photography that reflects the warmth and vitality of the Ranch, actual letters from the children who have visited, and a helpful pantry section, this book will enable us all to live a simpler, healthier lifestyle -- one meal at a time.
|It's all about the kitchen||1|
|A day at the ranch||9|
|The imus ranch vegan pantry||51|
|Breads and breakfast foods||61|
|Soups and sandwiches||78|
|Salads and dressings||96|
|Savory sauces, dips, and condiments||125|
|Desserts, sweet sauces, and beverages||215|
Posted July 18, 2006
Posted May 27, 2004
Reactions to COOKING FOR KIDS AND COWBOYS tend to fall into two camps: those who love the Imuses support the book, those who detest them don't. I'll try to make this a straightforward review. Anyone who knows nutrition would have problems with the ingredients proposed here. While the author espouses a holistic approach to food, she actually uses substances--onion powder, for God's sake--one wouldn't want to find in a fast food restaurant. A vegetarian myself, I try to make the food at least palatable when I have others for dinner. Unfortunately these dishes are very, very bland and could have the opposite effect on children and encourage bad choices and obesity. One more note: why does the author think PROCESSED FOOD of any kind should be an ingredient??? Dear Lord, that's more toxic than meat itself. I must also point out cooking times. While it is commendable not to overcook veggies, the same cannot be said for--believe it or not--brown rice and other starches. Yet that is what is suggested here. Finally, I agree with the author that chemicals and other environmental toxins may cause cancer, but she apparently is ignorant of the fact that we, to date, don't have any reliable studies to back up her claims. In sum, this is a bad book not because of who wrote it but because of its poor content.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2004
The book is enjoyable and the recipies I've tried are certainly good but I don't see the reason for all the fawning. It's a decent book, no more no less. It doesn't rate up there with the DaVinci Code. I guess you've got to be an Imus family fan to give it five stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2004
Until I purchased this book I'd never heard of The Imus Ranch or the wonderful things the ranch does to contribute to the well being of kids with cancer, SIDS or serious blood disorders. The ranch offers children the opportunity to experience the great American cowboy way in a setting that allows them and their families to forget about health issues and enjoy life as its meant to be enjoyed. This book is chock full of recipies that are healthy and easy to make as well as insights about the ranch and first hand experiences from the kids and families who have benefited from staying at the Imus Ranch. The author deserves a round of applause for not only dedicating her life to supporting kids with illnesses we'd never wish upon our worst enemies, but for donating all of the proceeds of the book to insure that a kid with a debilitating disease such as SIDS or cancer can 'get away from it all' and enjoy life at the Imus Ranch. In a society where everyone's out for themselves trying to make a quick buck, its refreshing to see people like the author of Cooking for Kids and Cowboys dedicating their lives in an attempt to make the lives of a child with such horrible circumstances better, if only for a little while!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2004
The average person can't afford many of these dishes (check the price of 'organic' in your local grocery); the 2 dishes a did try for myself were bland at best and took way too much time to prepare. If you're thinking of buying this to help the Imus Ranch, send a check instead and find a decent cookbook.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2004
This book not only has 125 recipies that are outstanding, but also healthy recipies. You can find almost anything in this book, chocolate chip cookies,you name it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2004
Posted May 14, 2004
The recipes (tried several) are nothing special. Get the classic SW cookbooks instead. The ranch is a fine thing but way over the top price wise ($25 million for 500 kids = $50,000 for a week at the ranch). If you endorse the ranch, write them a check and forget the book. But then you would forego the hilarious Charles McCord essay.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2004
A wonderful book EVEN if you have a problem with her old man! As for the food being too expensive, think about those doctor bills from all those Mickey D's. ALL PROFIT FROM THIS BOOK GOES TO IMUS RANCH!!! Such a deal. Oy vey!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.