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Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood Critique and Review

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“For me, there are few things that are more relaxing than lingering at the table with good friends . . . But I know that for a lot of people, putting together a meal, especially for guests, is the opposite of relaxing . . . I’m here to tell you: It doesn’t have to be that way.”

—from the Introduction

Aussie Curtis Stone, host of TLC’s Take Home Chef, is best known for his laid-back approach to cooking. Though he’s worked as head chef in several Michelin-starred L Read the rest of the review here…

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  1. 18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Relaxed, simple, and delicious!, April 9, 2009
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    Shop Girl “Amanda B” (Gilroy, Ca United States) –

    This review is from: Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood (Hardcover)

    This book is exactly what is says it is: Relaxed cooking ala Curtis, and not at all boring by any means! Better yet, the ingredient lists are fairly short, the recipes uncomplicated and easy to follow, all with that touch of sophistication that Curtis is known to bring to his dishes.

    The book design gets a good review as well. The photography is bright and luscious, the layout modern and simple, and most importantly, the type is on the larger side (excellent when following along while cooking!).
    Personally, I can’t wait to try the recipe for the rhubarb ripple ice cream myself (and how good does that sound!?)

    Overall, this book makes cooking exciting and approachable for the modest cook, yet is capable of interesting a more seasoned chef’s palette. A great addition to any cooks’ collection.

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  2. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Let Your Hair Down Cooking, April 16, 2009
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    rodboomboom (Dearborn, Michigan United States) –
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    This review is from: Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood (Hardcover)

    I’ve enjoyed Curtis on TV for his laid-back, yet passion for food, not to be stuffy, but really good and enjoyable dining.

    Here he provides recipes for that target, relaxed cooking and dining as he puts it. It is the Aussie way, he says. I believe him, and am attracted to this as I first was to Graham Kerr. They are knowledgeable about five-star dining, yet prefer simpler, relaxed recipes for entertaining their friends.

    Curtis has even some new categories to highlight this more casual approach such as “Weekend Lunches” or “Something to Eat on the Sofa.” The majority of ingredients and techniques required to prepare these recipes are not that difficult, with the exception of some of the seafood, e.g. daurade, however, he does in most cases provide substitutes for these harder to find types.

    I’ve only tried a few so far, but find them delivering on the theme of wonderful, relaxed food: Heirloom Tomato and Burrato Salad with Pepper-Crusted NY Steak; Smoked Trout Melt with Cucumber on Pumpernickel; Peach and Honey Cake with Orange Syrup; and Spicy Sausage Breakfast Burritos.
    There are many more that I look forward to trying.

    This proves to be a cookbook such that both the chef and the diner can enjoy not too formal and sophisticated dishes, yet as Curtis writes: “deliver a lot of flavor and plate appeal for the effort invested–in other words, to help you be as relaxed in the kitchen as you are in front of a that crackling fire.” Goal achieved!

    The layout and color photos are superb as Clarkson Potter Publishers have a reputation in their cookbook collection.

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