Rocco's Five Minute Flavor: Fabulous Meals with 5 Ingredients in 5 Minutes

Rocco's Five Minute Flavor: Fabulous Meals with 5 Ingredients in 5 Minutes

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by Rocco DiSpirito
     
 

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In this indispensable cookbook for every hardworking gourmand, Chef Rocco DiSpirito creates 175 flavor-packed recipes that each require only 5 ingredients and are ready in just minutes. All ingredients are readily available in every supermarket in America (where, by the way, the reader/cook will be spending much less time shopping as they only need 5 ingredients to

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In this indispensable cookbook for every hardworking gourmand, Chef Rocco DiSpirito creates 175 flavor-packed recipes that each require only 5 ingredients and are ready in just minutes. All ingredients are readily available in every supermarket in America (where, by the way, the reader/cook will be spending much less time shopping as they only need 5 ingredients to make a fabulous dish). Rocco also includes a shopping guide with his favorite, most reasonably priced supermarket items as well as tips on how to stock the pantry for fast, easy flavor.

Rocco, who calls himself the “King of the Toaster Oven,” strips his recipes of all unnecessary complexity, revealing how you can cover all aspects of a scrumptious meal—from finger foods and appetizers to entrees and desserts—without industrial cooking gadgets and multi-stage processes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The publicity-loving chef of NBC's The Restaurant and former executive chef of Manhattan's three-star restaurant Union Pacific (now closed) devotes his third book to the everyday challenge of cooking without time, money or fancy ingredients. Organized around the gimmick of "5 ingredients/5 minutes prep/$5 per portion"-a weekly feature of DiSpirito's daily radio broadcast on WOR-the book distills dishes like Crab Cakes with Avocado Dip, Beef Curry Saut , and Cod Provental into four or five steps. Novices may find the instructions too compressed to be useful (there's no explanation of how to execute techniques like deep frying), and users should know that "5 ingredients" excludes pantry staples such as oils, vinegars and flours. DiSpirito also includes 75 photos of himself with family and friends, and relatively few of the food. But harried home cooks with some culinary experience will relish the chef's secret weapon: the 100 commercially prepared ingredients on which he builds his recipes, including Campbell's Cheddar Soup, Hellman's Mayonnaise and Stovetop Stuffing. The result is a book of 175 uneven dishes that are cheap and easy but constrained by the "5" format-a far cry from the creative juice that made DiSpirito's first book, Flavor, a James Beard Award winner. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Most recently seen as the chef on the now-canceled NBC reality show The Restaurant, DiSpirito has written his third cookbook-and it's got a twist. He has developed recipes that supposedly can be prepared in five minutes (minus prep time), with five ingredients (minus the staples of a kitchen), and costing less than $5 per person. The recipes rely on a lot of prepared food-deli roast beef, mashed potatoes from the grocery store, canned soups, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The results of these and other ingredients include Turkey, Grilled Onion, and Rice Noodle Soup, Toasted Hot Dog Reuben, Pretty Peach Melba, and the slightly more gourmet Gnocchi with Toasted Garlic, Walnuts, and Bitter Greens. For many of the recipes, the "secret" is high heat, which means five to seven minutes cooking time. The introduction recommends pantry ingredients, short-cut foods, equipment, and menus for a variety of occasions. DiSpirito has been described as a New York version of Emeril and one of People's "Sexiest Men Alive," and this cookbook will be popular simply because it is his. Libraries with limited budgets might want to choose between it and Jeanne Besser and Susan Puckett's The 5:30 Challenge.-Christine Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451639568
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Rocco DiSpirito grew up in Jamaica, Queens, where his mother Nicolina worked in a school cafeteria and taught her son great Italian home cooking. He entered the Culinary Institute of America at age seventeen and, upon graduation, went straight to work in the kitchens of France. He returned to the United States and earned a business degree from Boston University in 1989. He opened his first restaurant, Union Pacific, which earned three stars in The New York Times and landed him on the cover of Gourmet magazine. His second restaurant, Rocco's, was the setting of his network television show, The Restaurant. He is the author of two previous cookbooks, Rocco's Italian American and Flavor, winner of a James Beard Award. Today, Rocco is pursuing the good life in New York City, where he hosts a daily radio program, Food Talk with Rocco, on WOR, and lives with his dog, Teesha, and Teesha's cat, Pumpkin.

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Rocco's Five Minute Flavor: Fabulous Meals with 5 Ingredients in 5 Minutes 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of money! Not what I thought at all, most recipes, the few there are, are fancy, not simple home cooking.