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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Good Food, Good Life by Curtis Stone

Good Food, Good Life
by Curtis Stone
Appetite (Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-449-0-1589-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: Popular food and television personality Curtis Stone brings ease to the kitchen by elevating everyday meals to an experience that can be enjoyed as much for the process as for the beautiful end result.
     Curtis Stone shares 120 recipes for quick, modern versions of classic dishes that will appeal to the whole family. Effortlessly, he delivers solutions to people who want to eat healthy, interesting meals that don't take all day to cook. This book shows that fast recipes don't have to feel hurried or rushed, and encourages people to take pleasure in the process of cooking at home. Recipes include Butternut Squash with Sage Brown Butter, Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Alabama BBQ Sauce and Asparagus, Potato-Zucchini Enchiladas with Habanero Salsa. Curtis Stone's natural style in the kitchen inspires readers to connect with the textures, sounds, smells, and tastes that make up the culinary journey.

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely stunning looking cookbook (Even though I prefer less artsy more pictures of yummy food)
  • Easy to follow recipes with many ingredients that are easy to find in most local grocery stores
  • Most of the recipes don't have too many ingredients or too many steps - perfect for this mommy 
  • Best Roast Chicken and Potato recipe ever and so bloody simple
  • The Rum Pound cake is so amazing I want to make it every day - seriously
  • Excellent index
  • Like all of the introductions
  • Ok, he's not too bad to look at either (They are one beautiful family too)
  • This will be a keeper - simple yummy food that will impress friends when they come over for dinner
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • Why oh why do they always give recipes using sticks of butter as a measurement (Sorry Canadian and I buy the cheaper butter that is just a block)
  • My kids won't eat half the recipes - not the books fault, but damn why does his kid eat this stuff and mine won't

Favorite Recipes
  • Chicken with Ranchera Salsa
  • Maple-Glazed Planked Salmon
  • Spaghettini with Lemon and Ricotta (Remember to thin out the sauce - I forgot this step and it was a little too thick for my taste)
  • Simple Roast Chicken and Potatoes
  • Porcini-Braised Beef with Horseradish Mascarpone
  • Rum Pound Cake with Lime Glaze
  • Walnut Date Muffins
  • Chocolate Salted Caramel Kisses (A lot of steps but worth it)

4 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review  (Damn I am going to need to exercise more after all the damn good food in these recipe books)

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