Cookbook: Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Le
Overall Impression: This fabulous cookbook will make you want to stay in and actually cook at home.
You might be just starting to find your groove in the kitchen or you might be a seasoned, relatively proficient home cook who knows your way around the kitchen — regardless of where you are in your culinary journey, Stephanie Le's cookbook will inspire you. Better than that, you'll want to drop everything and immediately run to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for dinner.
Recipes I Tried
- Pea & Bacon Risotto, pg. 38
- Spaghetti & Meatballs, pg. 40
- Seafood Pappardelle, pg. 58
- Scallop Fried Rice, pg. 62
- Sweet & Spicy Chicken, pg. 87
- Pulled Pork, pg. 88
- Chicken Pot Pie Bun, pg. 168
- Double Almond Cookies, pg. 218
Cooking From Easy Gourmet
I love that this cookbook has a little bit of everything, from breakfast and pasta to seafood and meats. I knew right off the bat that I would love this cookbook just from reading Stephanie's introduction. Anyone who prefers her chicken-and-waffles with boneless chicken so that she doesn't have to "slow down when eating" is ok by me.
I also love that you get all kinds of food in this cookbook. And not dainty food. We're talking American classics with a twist, comfort foods with an upgrade (in her Baked Mac & Cheese, Stephanie uses a blend of cheddar, gruyere and swiss!), solid Asian foods, and some truly unique desserts like a London Fog Tea Cake and Figs & Cheese Cheesecake.
To give you even more of an idea of the kinds of meals in this book, Stephanie has recipes for buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, a lemony bone marrow pasta, maple-glazed duck with Sriracha-honeyed carrots, shrimp salad rolls, miso-glazed eggplant, Vietnamese pork sliders, and deep-fried calamari and bacon. We're talking inventive, serious, rich deliciousness, and you know Stephanie has the cooking chops to back these recipes up.
Cooking from Easy Gourmet was very straightforward and enjoyable. I got excited just waiting for each dish to be ready so I could taste the food. Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods so when I saw Stephanie's recipe for "Chicken Pot Pie Bun," I knew it had to be mine. After the chicken was done, this sandwich came together in no time and was rightly devoured in 5 minutes flat.
I also baked the Double Almond Cookies and fell in love upon the first bite. These cookies were insanely delicious. I love almonds and almond flour so these were a dream for me. I've since made them three more times, and my friends and neighbors love these cookies as well.
I also really liked the Sweet & Spicy Chicken — this chicken is fabulous. My kids weren't keen on this chicken at first because of one ingredient (fish sauce) that filled the kitchen with a strong aroma as soon as I opened the bottle, but they happily gobbled this down once it was on the table.
The recipes in Easy Gourmet are just that: easy and absolutely delicious. Most don't require too many ingredients, and I love that Stephanie has reminded us that recipes don't have to be complicated or require tons of ingredients in order to be great. All of her recipes are solid. And I would expect nothing less from Saveur Magazine's 2014 Blog of the Year and editor's choice Best Cooking Blog for 2014.
What Could Be Better
I absolutely love this cookbook. What could be better? More recipes from Stephanie? I didn't want it to end, and luckily I now have about 55 other recipes I want to make!
Stephanie's love for food comes through in every single page. Her photography is beautiful and the recipes are straightforward and delicious. No gimmicks of any kind needed here. These are just honest-to-goodness, straight-up-good recipes that you will want to make over and over. Buy this cookbook and be happy in the kitchen.
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