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Spicy. Sweet. Tasty. Tart. No . . . were not talking about the lovely ladies of Wisteria Lane, but their cooking. Bree, Susan, Lynette, and Gabrielle may not be traditional housewives, but they do have their special talents in the kitchen. In The Desperate Housewives Cookbook, they share those recipes . . . and so much more!

Tune in to ABC's monster hit Desperate Housewives on any given Sunday night, and youll salivate over everything from Bree's ber-gourmet repasts to Susan's ...

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Overview

Spicy. Sweet. Tasty. Tart. No . . . were not talking about the lovely ladies of Wisteria Lane, but their cooking. Bree, Susan, Lynette, and Gabrielle may not be traditional housewives, but they do have their special talents in the kitchen. In The Desperate Housewives Cookbook, they share those recipes . . . and so much more!

Tune in to ABC's monster hit Desperate Housewives on any given Sunday night, and youll salivate over everything from Bree's ber-gourmet repasts to Susan's what's-a-spatula simple suppers. They may have wildly different personalities and story lines, but if there's one thing the four heroines have in common, it's food. In The Desperate Housewives Cookbook, the show's millions of fans will find recipes for all the foods made famous by the show, as well as many others inspired by each housewife. For example:

-Bree's elegant, impressive dinners feature dishes like Basil Pure Soup, Braised Duck, and Chicken Cutlets Saltimbocca.

-Lynette's time-challenged lifestyle leads to quick, healthy, everyday fare like French Toast for Breakfast (or Dinner) with Blueberry Syrup; Warm Turkey, Muenster, and Coleslaw Wraps; and Potato Casserole.

-Susan's lack of kitchen skills means that her dishes are of the couldnt-be-simpler (but still mouthwatering) variety, like a Salad of Roasted Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella, and Arugula; Foolproof Macaroni and Cheese; Chocolate Butterscotch Bars; and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

-Gabrielle enjoys the finest things in life — and food is no exception. Her meals are gourmet, and most definitely prepared by a personal chef. Her faves include Shrimp with Chorizo and Red Pepper, Guacamole with Warm Chips, and Pineapple-Peach Smoothies.

-Edie uses food for seduction as much as for sustenance. Her sensual favorites include Oysters Poached in Champagne and Cream, Sausage Puttanesca, and Ambrosia.

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One of the central appeals of ABC's Desperate Housewives is the distinctive character of each of the deliciously dysfunctional ladies of Wisteria Lane. Bree is the picture of elegance; Lynette always wears the stress of an over-busy mom; Gabrielle craves the best of every material thing; Susan improvises on the run; and Edie views the whole world through the prism of seduction. The Desperate Housewives Cookbook enables you to assume each of the personae of these sexy women without leaving your kitchen. Chris Styler and Scott Tobris have assembled tasty offerings that include Bree's Braised Duck; Lynette's Warm Turkey, Muenster, and Coleslaw Wraps; Gabrielle's Shrimp with Chorizo and Red Pepper; Susan's Foolproof Macaroni & Cheese; and Edie's Oysters Poached in Champagne and Cream. A four-star TV theme cookbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401302771
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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THE DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Cookbook


Over 125 Juicy Dishes and Saucy Bits


By Scott Tobis


Hyperion


Copyright © 2006

Hyperion Books

All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-4013-0277-7




Introduction


It is said that variety is the spice of life. Or is it more accurate
to suggest that spices are the very things that make our lives more interesting
and varied?

The kitchens on Wisteria Lane are no exception. And it is there, right
along with the spice racks, that the rich and varied personalities of our
favorite housewives can be found. The secrets, murderous plans, and
love affairs that were discussed in the kitchens of ancient queens, saints,
and politicians pale in comparison to those of the women of Wisteria Lane,
who each have plenty of juicy tales of intrigue, lust, and hunger to tell.
Susan Mayer, Bree Van De Kamp, Lynette Scavo, Gabrielle Solis ... and,
lest we forget, the town slut (but not technically a housewife), Edie Britt-in
each of their kitchens, we can glimpse their true selves. For who these
women are dictates what foods they make. Isn't that true for all of us?

Take Bree Van De Kamp, the housewife whose kitchen is the most
immaculate, well-stocked, and busiest on Wisteria Lane. In Bree's kitchen,
the forty-two-inch stainless steel side-by-side Thermador refrigerator and
the thirty-six-inch gas stovetop with built-in griddle resting on the oversize
island are not just for show. These items, like everythingelse in her ultra-modern
yet classic kitchen, are part of what makes Bree tick. They define
her as a woman who lives and breathes food, in terms of both taste and
presentation. When Bree's life is good, she uses food to celebrate; when
things are difficult, she uses cooking to escape.

While the other women of Wisteria Lane certainly enjoy their favorite
dishes, no one dares compete with Bree-or her kitchen.

Divorced, single mother Susan Mayer has "limited" cooking skills,
though she is always eager to try. Lynette Scavo is too much of a pragmatist
and far too busy with her demanding job and her family even to entertain
the notion of being a gourmand. Former model Gabrielle Solis certainly
enjoys haute cuisine, but simply can't be bothered with the arduous
process of preparing it herself. Only Edie Britt, who has created some
tempting dishes as part of her seduction of various men, can come close
to competing in the same arena as Bree where the kitchen is concerned.

Wisteria Lane is a picture-perfect street, where soufflés never fall
and the grass on the lawns is never more than two inches high-and
always a vibrant green. It's a place where the newspapers are delivered
to the front door before anyone arises, a community where all of the neighbors
get along ... at least, this is what everyone pretends is going on. We
all know the truth: Nothing is perfect.

Inevitably, secrets do reveal themselves. The lawns may be verdant-but
the grass might actually be painted green. The ideal house
might create the illusion of perfection, but the foundation is falling apart
because of a termite infestation. Inside the kitchens of our favorite housewives,
the soufflé does, in fact, fall far too often (except in the Van De
Kamp household). With cooking-as with life-it's only with practice and
a sense of humor when things fail that we can learn to get it right.

From Susan's classically awful Macaroni and Cheese (somehow
burned and undercooked at the same time) to Gabrielle's Quesadillas
(tasting uncannily like the ones served at her favorite Mexican restaurant
in the city) to Lynette's Buttermilk-Soaked Fried Chicken, the food on
Wisteria Lane has a flavor quite unique to this unusual community.

The recipes on the following pages run the gamut of the cooking
styles, cultures, and abilities of the women of Wisteria Lane. So as you
read The Desperate Housewives Cookbook, you will be reminded that we
are all different. If you are like Bree, perhaps your meal will be a perfect
balance of taste and presentation. And if you are similar to Susan, perhaps
it's best to have a wealth of spices handy to cover up the imperfections.
And that's okay! Because it is in our differences that we find the very spice
that makes life worth living.

(Continues...)





Excerpted from THE DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Cookbook
by Scott Tobis
Copyright © 2006 by Hyperion Books.
Excerpted by permission.
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