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October 17, 2014 / Leslie

Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook

Easy GourmetEasy Gourmet by Stephanie Le

Publisher: Page Street Publishing | Sept 2014
Format: Paperback | 240 pages
Rating: 5 of 5

About the Book:

Stephanie Le, creator of I am a Food Blog, has written her first cookbook, Easy Gourmet. Her gorgeous mouth-watering photography, strong friendly voice, and incredibly delicious recipes come together in this easy-to-follow cookbook that belongs in every kitchen.

Beautifully depicting the foods we all want to be cooking and eating, Easy Gourmet is full of updated modern twists on your favorite classics like Chicken and Waffles, Maple-Glazed Duck, Miso Cod and Quinoa, and Sriracha Hot Wings.

My Thoughts:

Easy Gourmet is designed with the busy cook in mind with simple, yet unique, dishes. I admit, I was attracted by the word ‘easy’ in the title because the word ‘gourmet’ usually scares me away. But here I found recipes that even new cooks will appreciate. The easy-to-follow directions are accompanied by full-page, mouth-watering photos. The book is very functional with a binding created so that the pages lie flat – an important feature that way too many cookbook publishers fail to consider.

Each recipe is complete on one page and includes a description, a little background info from the author, a list of ingredients with measurements in english and metric, and step-by-step instructions. The opposite page contains a beautiful, full-color photo of the finished dish.

One caveat: A little planning ahead may be necessary. Not all of the required ingredients will be on your pantry shelf; however, I don’t expect to find them there if I am making a gourmet-style dish. Most, though, should be easy to find in major shopping markets. For example, the French Onion Grilled Cheese calls for Gruyère cheese which is not currently in my refrigerator but I know my grocery store stocks it. Many of the dishes call for fresh herbs, micro greens or Arugula which will need to be obtained shortly before preparing the dish..

The recipes are grouped into sections: Breakfast, Pasta & Rice, Meats, Seafood, Vegetables, Soups & Stews, Sandwiches, Snacks, and Dessert. The book also includes a short introduction by the author plus an alphabetical index in the back.

A Quick Peek Inside:

French Onion Grilled Cheese

This take on grilled cheese sounds delicious and I will be making it as soon as I pick up some Gruyère Cheese.
French Onion Grilled Cheese

Rosemary Potatoes

Rosemary Potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I grow Rosemary and often add it to roasted potatoes, but I can never get them crispy like in a restaurant. Now I know what I was doing wrong: boil them first and rough up the edges before roasting. Simple and effective.

Rosemary Potatoes

A Look Inside

For those who want to get an additional peek at the book before buying, there is a nice selection of breakfast recipe samples, photos and a look at the entire index of recipes using the Look Inside feature. The Carrot Cake Pancakes sound fantastic and will be breakfast in my house very soon.

All-in-all, this is a worthy addition to my cookbook shelf.

 


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  1. BermudaOnion / Oct 17 2014 6:49 am

    I’m all about easy when it comes to cooking. That grilled cheese sounds divine!

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  2. Suko / Oct 17 2014 7:28 pm

    Those Rosemary Potatoes look too good to be true! I also grow rosemary (which thrives here, in spite of, or maybe due to, my neglect). This cookbook really appeals to me. 🙂

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    • Leslie / Oct 18 2014 2:22 pm

      Rosemary likes neglect – to a point, anyway. It would rather be too dry than over-watered.

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  3. jama / Oct 18 2014 8:07 am

    I love rosemary potatoes too — and that grilled cheese is calling my name. Thanks for the peek into this cookbook. 🙂

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  4. Beth F / Oct 18 2014 8:52 am

    I like easy for weeknights and I love that the recipes are on a single page, so no flipping back and forth!

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    • Leslie / Oct 18 2014 2:21 pm

      The layout was obviously designed by a cook!

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  5. jmcguin7 / Oct 18 2014 10:43 am

    I really need to keep fresh herbs on hand. It was easy when I had a garden, not so easy in a condo.

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  6. Vicki / Oct 18 2014 10:58 am

    I love easy cooking! Carrot Cake Pancakes? Sounds yummy!

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  7. Carole from Carole's Chatter / Oct 18 2014 1:55 pm

    I’ll be checking this book out. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

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  8. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves / Oct 18 2014 2:02 pm

    I love the trick of boiling potatoes and roughing the edges before roasting them! I’m with on never being able to get them as crispy as I’d like at home.

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    • Leslie / Oct 18 2014 2:20 pm

      Roughing the edges works. I can’t believe I didn’t know that! I tried the recipe and the potatoes were very crispy. They would have been crispier, but I had to turn the over down for a bit so I wouldn’t burn the main dish – chicken.

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  9. The grilled cheese and rosemary potatoes look amazing! I’ve never thought to rough the edges of potatoes but I’ll definitely be trying this. I’ll have to give this a try. I like the simple but also unusual recipes. Thanks for sharing and great review! I’m always a little hesitant about buying cookbooks that are deemed gourmet because I hate having to go to multiple stores for ingredients but my grocery store stocks everything you mentioned.

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  10. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Oct 19 2014 5:55 am

    I love crispy baked potatoes, I would have been wary of gourmet in the title too but this sounds like a good collection!
    Please drop by and see what I’m cooking!

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  11. Sheila (Book Journey) / Oct 20 2014 8:13 am

    Yum, I am all about easy recipes 🙂 And they look delicious!

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