The I Love to Cook Book: Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking for Family and Friendsby Lauren Groveman
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Caramelized onions in three-cheese French onion soup . . . delectably sticky barbecued chicken . . . homemade linguine tangled in cream sauce with peas and shrimp . . . chocolate chocolate-chip brownies, swirled with sweetened cream cheese . . . These are the delights of truly exceptional home cooking that fill The I Love to Cook Book.
For Lauren Groveman, busy mother, cooking teacher, and television host, cooking for loved ones is a celebration of the warmth that is the heart of family life. And in this irresistible kitchen companion, she invites you to rediscover the pleasures and rewards of the whole cooking process. She shares crowd-pleasing ideas for everything from a Tuesday-night dinner to a showstopping special-occasion meal, including breakfast dishes, cocktail nibbles, main-dish salads, soups, and stews, irresistible breads and unforgettable desserts. Satisfying dishes include Stuffed Mushrooms alla Bolognese, Pan-Fried Lemon Sole with Herbed Tartar Sauce, Grilled Chicken Pesto Topped with Marinated Tomatoes, and Devil's Food Cupcakes with Meringue Icing. To make time in the kitchen more productive, Lauren includes notes on advance preparation for every recipe. In addition, an invaluable chapter on creating a "Homemade Pantry" explains how to make and stock such staples as "Killer" Marinara Sauce, Fajitas Seasoning, fruit-scented butters, and Assorted Muffin Mix.
Groveman's skill as a cooking teacher and warm enthusiasm as a nurturing mom shine through in each and every meticulously written recipe, designed to inspire anyone looking to make their house a home. Vibrantly illustrated by full-color photographs throughout, The I Love to Cook Book brings thejoy of cooking back into the modern kitchen.
- Crown Publishing Group
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 7.88(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.98(d)
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I bought this wonderful cookbook about a month ago. As the child of a single working mother family meals were rare. Later when I became a wife and mother of three sons I always longed to create memorable everyday meals, bake homemade breads and generally become a good cook. I spent a small fortune on cookbooks and cooking magazines trying to find a way to make my dream come true. I wanted to cook delicious meals my family liked to eat and find a system that would allow me to cook fresh food daily. I visited Ms. Groveman¿s website after I read a quote from her in a magazine. I soon found myself swept up in her message. Finally here was someone who was saying all the things I wanted to hear; families need to eat together, it is vital! Creating a nurturing atmosphere through cooking for your family and friends benefits you and them in immeasurable ways! I had to know more so I purchased her book. She is saying yes get in that kitchen! You can do it! This book and her website provide a perfect blueprint for anyone wanting to start cooking or for those who want a stellar recipe collection to add to their repertoire . I am a beginner yet I have found her cookbook to have it all. Salads, special dishes, family style and the best fancy and casual nibbles you will ever try! I started with the pantry staples. These are mixes, spice blends and sauces that go along with many different recipes and they make cooking so delicious and incredibly easy! First I made the Scone/Biscuit mix, Pancake/Cake mix, Cornbread mix and the Muffin mix, then I made the spice blends. Now making Baking Powder Biscuits or Skillet Cornbread on a weeknight is as easy if not easier than using a prepackaged mix, but the taste of these homemade mixes is unrivaled. I am already scraping the bottom of my biscuit mix ( I have three growing boys and a husband!). Oh, and the Banana Bread made with the muffin mix is sublime! I first made the Buttermilk Pancakes and they looked exactly like the photo. I was hooked! I then made Perfect Roast Chicken (believe me it¿s perfect!;the recipe uses a spice blend) , Fajitas (also uses a spice blend), Pigs in A Quilt (with three boys I have already made this twice!). With each recipe I followed I was turning out incredible results. Not only did it taste great it also looked great! I couldn¿t believe it! Then came the day I decided to make the Challah! Lauren suggests that this should be the first yeast bread you attempt. Well, when you see the photo of this beauty in the book you can see why I might be a bit intimidated-especially considering the fact that I had dozens of failed yeast bread attempts in the past. I read Lauren¿s bread notes (available on the website and in her first book) and set out to make the Challah. Well, on my first attempt I pulled the most beautiful loaf of bread out of the oven. I could not believe I made this! Armed with this success I then tried the Country White Bread- again success! Delicious! My kids helped me knead the dough for the country white. They did such a good job, we had a great time! There is no fancy equipment needed to make bread with Lauren, no not even a yeast thermometer! My children and husband are just lapping all of this attention and love up and I am feeling so great and it is not all about the food. It is about me providing the kind of home life I have always wanted to have. I want my children to know the stability that I never knew as a child and feeding them delicious meals at regular meal times has started to show my kids that life can be predictable and that they are worth every bit of effort it takes to produce great meals and pleasant meal times. It has not been hard or terribly expensive to start this process. In fact I have taken more pleasure and joy in the past few weeks- with trips to the market and the store buying containers and a few bits and pieces for the kitchen-than I can ever remember.
I really have enjoyed cooking from this book and each dish turns out well! They take a bit of time, since many recipes call for something that you have to make ahead of time (like the garlic oil). The advance prep is worth the trouble. I love the mixes she has too - the cupcakes were awesome from this! A must buy for those that like to cook. This is not a cookbook for beginners however.