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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Best Recipes Ever from Canadian Living and CBC: Cookbook Review by Chef Jeff

Once again my hubby Jeff has volunteered to review the cookbook, so we are thinking of making this a regular feature on my Blog - Chef Jeff Cookbook Reviews

Canadian Living Best Recipes Ever: Easy, Affordable, Healthy Meal Solutions for Everyday Occasions
By Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Transcontinental Books (Random House)
ISBN :978-0-9813938-4-1
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Buy from Indigo

Description: Catch up with Kary Osmond, the host of CBC Television’s show “Best Recipes Ever” as she explores Canadian Living Magazine’s recipe library and cooks up mealtime solutions for busy home cooks. 
For 35 years, Canadian Living has been developing creative meal solutions for Canadian families. Whether you’re entertaining or eating a family meal on Wednesday night, the Test Kitchen has meal solutions that taste great and are easy on the cook.

This collection showcases all of the recipes featured in the show’s first and second seasons. Peppered with helpful tips and friendly advice, it gives readers the tools they need to make delicious, low-fuss meals at home for any occasion.  

• Tested-till-perfect recipes
• Recipes for every course, from appetizers to desserts
• Written for home cooks, with a focus on clarity for easy, no-stress preparation
• Canadian sources, products and typical home-cooking techniques
• Inspiring full-colour photos
• Recipes reflect Canadian multiculturalism, with a broad spectrum of dishes inspired by different groups and traditions
• Full nutrient analysis of each recipe
• Added-value from cover to cover: full index, family-friendly recipes, plenty of tips and helpful advice
• Reputation of The Canadian Living Test Kitchen's food experts

The Good Stuff
  • Love the colours, layout and note from Kary (Introduction)
  • The tips at the bottom of some of the recipes are really useful 
  • All of the ingredients are readily available at most grocery stores, even those in small towns like ours
  • Fantastic selection of multicultural recipes
  • Many of the recipes have variations listed
  • Recipes are not too complicated, so even my wife can make them (Jen's note: Nice -  guess who is having their food spat in tonight)
  • Lots of beautiful colour pictures (Jen's note: Spell check: In Canada we spell it COLOUR - stop trying to tell me I am spelling the damn word wrong!)
  • My wife says that she would love it if there was a picture for each recipe
  • Lots of recipes that my picky children will actually eat
  • This will be a cookbook that we will all use regularly -- even Jake who we are teaching to cook, so that if I die before Jen at least he will know how to cook & they won't starve (Jen's note: I really am not THAT bad of a cook you know)
  • Fantastic Index
  • There is a really good recipe for brussel sprouts that I am going to make for Jen (Jen's note: ewwww - YUCK!)
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Picky but I have been living with an anal Librarian for 20 years - the recipe instructions for the Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad says to mix together all of the ingredients, but the accompanying photo obviously has all the ingredients separately
Favorite Recipes (Have only made 1 so far, but these ones also look really good!)

Beef and Green Bean Stew - Jen made this and it was really good (Jen's note: See I can do it)
Scallops and Shrimp with Sherry Paprika
No-Bake Lime Cheesecake Squares
Super Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies
Baked Brie With Caramelized Pears
Parmesan Chicken Strips with Tomato Dipping Sauce
Lightened-Up Eggplant Parmigiana With Marinara Sauce

What I Learned
  • That my wife isn't THAT bad of a cook (Jeff's note: Jen typed this)
Who should/shouldn't read
  • This should be a staple cookbook in all homes
  • Wife also says that each public library should have a copy -- like I would ever go into a library
5+ Dewey's - Go Pre-Oder a copy NOW From Indigo

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review - thanks guys I think this  one is going to be a well used cookbook (By Jeff, because I sure as hell am not cooking for that smart ass anymore LOL)

1 comment:

  1. Hmm I'll have to bug you and see if you can bring this in for me to peruse! It sounds yummy!