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The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show

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ISBN13: 9780307346711
ISBN10: 0307346714
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sarahgilbert, July 22, 2009 (view all comments by sarahgilbert)
This gorgeously laid-out and chatty book is an excellent visual representation of Lynne Rossetto Kasper's addictive, lyrical radio show, "The Splendid Table." Lynne and crew (the reader very much feels as if she's listening to a group of smart women, nodding and chatting over a weeknight supper table) unfurl an enormous quantity of simple kitchen knowledge without feeling unwieldy or undoable. On the contrary: this book is all about its low barrier to entry, whether you're opening it to make your first salad dressing (and discover a "formula" on which you can base all future salad dressings) or looking for a new way with noodles. The cultural authenticity is relatively deep for a book in its easy-peasy category, and the many variations proffered give even the most tremulous cook a feeling of confidence.

My main criticism of this book is that the tips vary wildly from the folksy to the well-researched to the technical. And tip's titles often give you no clue what you're about to read: one called "The Aluminum Pot Conspiracy" gives you the results of experiments in cooking yams in different sorts of pots, and tells you when to use aluminum (I expected a conspiracy!). In the middle of a recipe for risotto is a quote: "Cooking Rule: If at first you don't succeed, order pizza." But this is a _cookbook_! I'd also like to see more use of successive dishes, the way most weeknight chefs cook; for instance, a pot of slow-cooked beans on Sunday can be beans and rice on Monday and burritos on Tuesday.

In the end, it's sweet and helpful and interesting and full of vibrant bits, and a wee bit manic. Just like Lynne.
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West Linn Reader, February 3, 2009 (view all comments by West Linn Reader)
My wife begged me for this book for Valentine's Day, and I'm happy to oblige. I merely typed in "Lynn" in Powell's search engine, and it was the first one to come up. I can't wait to give it to her.
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cooknsunshine, June 13, 2008 (view all comments by cooknsunshine)
this cookbook is the best quick and easy book since Martha published hers 15 years ago. it is a joy to read and will transform the way you think about dinner. the french fudge cakes are amazing........
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Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift
Clarkson Potter Publishers
Swift, Sally
Kasper, Lynne Rossetto
Cookery, american
Courses & Dishes - Brunch
Methods - Quick & Easy
Quick & Easy
Cooking and Food-General
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
9.29x7.66x1.14 in. 2.51 lbs.

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The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show Used Hardcover
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Product details 352 pages Clarkson N Potter Publishers - English 9780307346711 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A joint effort between Kasper, public radio host of The Splendid Table, and her producer and fellow foodie, Swift, this superb book should grace the shelves of even the most infrequent of cooks. Full of tantalizing, fast and easy-to-assemble meals, this collection also focuses on the ideas behind the techniques: what to look for as the food cooks, what kind of pot ensures success, and where substitutions will work. Helpful information such as why buying imported Italian pasta and why salting pasta water are important help the less experienced extract flavor from basic ingredients. Recipes center on quick and nutritious dinner options, including Dressing-in-a-Bowl Supper Salad, North Shore Shrimp Scampi, and Lamb Chops with Crossover Spice Crust. The authors also provide valuable references such as a tasting guide to salad greens, advice for imparting flavor to frozen shrimp and suggestions for using pasta water in sauces. Given the show's popularity, the accessibility of the recipes and the authors' practical and useful advice, this excellent book is sure to become a kitchen staple." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this diverse, insightful, and easy-to-use cookbook, Kasper and Swift put their vast knowledge to use, sharing how to break down recipes into their simplest forms and create quick, savory dinners full of international flavors.
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