Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Cook Like A Rock Star by Anne Burrell

Cook Like a Rock Star by Anne Burrell
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Published: October 4, 2011

 You may know her from Worst Cooks in America, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, and Chef Wanted.  Now Anne Burrell has added another feather to her cap with her first cookbook.  I loved her show Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.  I learned many tips that I fantasize  about using someday, so I was super excited to get a chance to review her cookbook.

Cook Like A Rock Star is basically Secrets of a Restaurant Chef - cooking tips and tried and true shortcuts - with recipes.  The first sections is basically a step by step to following recipes, her basic ingredients, and the tools need to create the foods. The book is then divided into recipes for hor d'oeuvres, starters, main courses, pasts dishes, side dishes, and desserts.  Each sections begins with a anecdote from Anne and segues into the recipes.  There are plenty of helpful hints throughout the books such as how to properly poach your food and how to bread food properly.  The best thing about the book is that even though she spells everything out you don't feel condescended too.

Cook Like A Rock Star is a great cookbook.  I actually tried a couple of the recipes.  The ingredients were easily found at a regular supermarket - no special trips to Whole Foods or some specialty shops.  All the cooking terminology is defined and explained and many handy tips are included.  Whether you're a novice cook or a lazy cook like me, Anne gives all the tools needed to make you feel comfortable making these recipes.  I can't wait to try  the Calamari noodles.

** This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. **

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