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Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home by Mario Batali
Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home

Effie Mor, June 22, 2007

First thing: the book is great to hold; it's the right size and leaves you happy with its great colors and photos. So it's defiantly a thumb-er: a book you like to thumb through. Mario's mantra about important food facts and his authentic recipes are made true to form; with a successful effort to simplify meal preparations in many of the recipes, he compresses recipes in order to simplify things; this serves to threaten the end result for a few recipes, but considering the goal is quick and easy, compromises have to be made, and all in all it's an amazing book. I'm sure some will find a few recipes a bit complicated, there are; however, good recipes that fit the quick, easy mark; with those few super recipes thrown in for the challenge to create great dishes. The recipes are delicious, well thought out, and there is tons of variety for the adventurer around great simple meals for the on the go cook.
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Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home (Barefoot Contessa) by Ina Garten
Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home (Barefoot Contessa)

Effie Mor, May 2, 2007

Opening this book, I found a layout of table arrangements, alluring food photographs, Paris cookware shops, and recipes so common that I just wasn't sure anyone would need another book on these classics. Yet, to my sweet surprise, after examining the book closer, and cooking some of the dishes; I found a lovely and very useful book. Ina Garten has put together a choice collection of French classics that fit the American palate. In an easy cooking format, she's modified recipes to fit busy schedules, but seriously the dishes hold their flavor and are well thought out. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to cook French food; especially time deprived cooks. Its recipes take you to the market for fresh produce; allowing you to feel how simple a dish can be, yet so gourmet at the same time. Barefoot In Paris shows what's really going on in home kitchens set out over the beautiful countryside of France, and that simply put; is great cooking!
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