is for anyone who dreams of dazzling guests with fabulous home-cooked fare, but fears that such a feat would require Thomas Keller’s talent, Martha Stewart’s ingenuity, Gandhi’s patience, and Charles Manson’s free time. The goal of The Lazy Gourmet is to conquer the misguided belief that preparing an elegant meal requires spending hours—or days—in the kitchen.
- At the beginning of the book the authors give you a list, complete with a description of each item, that you should always keep on hand. The authors frequently use the items on the list in their recipes as they will “turn the mundane into magical on a moment’s notice.”
- The authors include a section of tips for “Rookie Cooks” that include how to cook meat, sharpen knives, get the most from your leftover ingredients, and many more tips that made me say “aha!”
- The authors discourage the cook from feeling bound to the exact recipe, and in the recipes they include ideas for ingredient substitutions.
Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned books by the publisher at no charge to myself in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are honest and are entirely my own.