September 28, 2020

Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook Survey and Comparison

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“Inexperienced cooks need more that just a few lines of laconic test to help them along.  Rachael Ray has coached a generation of rookies on her Food Network shows, talking and plopping and emoting her way through dish after dish.  Her latest books, Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook, shows what each stage should look like in big photos.  Betty Crocker, or more specifically, the 1976 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, used to be my bulletproof go-to recipe source. But now Ray fills that role.

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  1. 91 of 94 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Looking and Cooking with Rachael Ray!, November 2, 2010
    Timothy B. Riley (San Antonio, TX USA) –

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    This review is from: Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook (Paperback)

    I love cookbooks, I must have hundreds and my mother (from whom I inherited my passion for cooking) has thousands. A few of my early purchases were of the “Look and Cook” variety, such as French Country Cookery (Anne Willan’s Look & Cook) but I have since moved on to cookbooks that rely on the reader to have mastered the different techniques that are required for each specific dish. Then I saw Rachael Ray on television cook some of the dishes from this new cookbook of hers. I must say that I was impressed with both the style of the dishes and their ease of preparation. The recipes are new, trendy and very approachable. The photos that demonstrate the preparation of the dishes do so in a step-by-step fashion are well shot and very easy to learn from. Some of the recipes in this book were posted on Rachael’s website before the book was released so I had the opportunity to try out a few earlier as well as some new ones that are only in the book.

    The look and cook portion of the book includes 100 recipes and is divided into 3 chapters:

    1. Cozy Food – Includes recipes for some great comfort food, such as: Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Potatoes; Pimiento Mac n’ Cheese; and fresh Onion and Wild Mushroom Soup

    2. Make Your Own Takeout – Restaurant-style dishes that can be prepared faster than you can pick up something to-go, recipes include: Chinese Orange-Barbeque Cashew Chicken and Crunchy Tuna Tacos

    3. Fancy Fake-Outs – These are simplified versions of dishes that are usually reserved for the advanced home chef, including: Almost Tandoori Chicken; Individual Beef Wellingtons; and Veal and Olive Ragu with Pappardelle

    The back section of the book includes 5 more chapters (125 additional recipes), but they are in her 30 Minute Meals format and do not include photographs. There is also a link to her interactive website where you can see select dishes being made in real-time.

    So far my favorite recipe is for the Chicken Cutlets Brasciole. The chicken breast filets are butterflied and pounded; the breasts are then stuffed with a mixture of raisins, toasted pine nuts, parsley, lemon zest, cheese, garlic and bread crumbs and is served atop a tomato, wine and tarragon sauce. Delicious!

    This book is full of great recipes, some of which will become regular fare at my house. Although the Look and Cook feature is not really necessary if you are an advanced cook, this book is still worth having for its creativity and ease of preparation alone. It should be a big hit with the beginning and intermediate home chef as nothing is assumed and each technique and process is both shown and explained in detail. Advanced cooks will still be inspired by Rachael’s ability to simplify classic recipes and to substitute easy to find ingredients for those that have been used historically in the well-known versions.

    Ms. Ray has both her fans and her detractors. Some find her a little too “cutesy” with her made-up words and expressions (like EVOO for extra-virgin olive oil), but I find her somewhat unorthodox style to be refreshing (and she’s not too hard on the eyes!). All in all I find this to be a very fine cookbook and one that I will be recommending to quite a few of my friends who would appreciate both the recipes and the step-by-step style of the photography and instructions. This will not become a go-to cookbook for me, but I am very glad that I own it and I will be cooking recipes from it from time to time.

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  2. 32 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    HELP! For the challenged cook…, November 4, 2010
    This review is from: Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook (Paperback)

    Rachael Ray has published a cookbook a bit different from her others and there are 125 new recipes in it. Some of them are actually almost gourmet but yet simple. You could really wow your family or company by following these simple directions, which include step by step pictures for many of the recipes. A beginning cook or those that feel challenged by trying to create a nice meal would do well to get this book.
    Even her cozy food/comfort food has slight twists in the ingredients that would impress, plus – surprise be better for you; like shepherds pie with sweet potato crust rather than just plain white mashed potatoes and made with turkey rather than ground beef, Caesar spaghetti with escarole will `sneak’ some green vegetables into even a picky eater’s diet. Don’t miss the sausage and fish one pot for something different and easy to prepare and good to eat, as are many of the meals in here.
    There are suggestions for additions to the main dish to make a complete meal and recipes for them, with the page number included.

    About the only problem I had is that many pages are missing page numbers and you have to go back several pages to make sure you have found or are near the right page. Also, it is surprising how much more appetizing the meals are that have pictures; there are 86 pages without pictures and all of that print is done in red, which for some people might be hard to read, especially the ingredient list which is overprinted on a rose colour section.

    The book contains recipes for: cozy food/comfort food, make your own take out, such as cashew chicken, fancy fake outs, 30 minute meals, meals that kids will eat, sides and starters, simple sauces and such to use that last bit of the jar of things such as olives or barbeque sauce and desserts.
    A beginning cook or an experienced one who would just like something a bit simpler would enjoy this cookbook.

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