zaterdag 23 november 2013

Michael Symon's 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners - Michael Symon

Cohost of The Chew and Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon shares 120 superfast easy recipes for busy cooks--perfect for weeknights.
With his boisterous laugh and Midwestern charm, Michael Symon has become one of the most beloved cooking personalities on television. For ABC's The Chew, he developed a brilliant, simple formula to help home cooks pull together fresh, from-scratch meals on weeknights: a maximum of five fresh ingredients that cook in five minutes. This cookbook ties into the segment, featuring dazzlingly quick, satisfying dinners that the whole family will love.
Michael first teaches readers how to set up their pantries with essentials that make whipping up dinner easy. Then he shares 120 recipes for pastas, skillet dinners, egg dishes, grilled mains, kebabs, foil packets, and sandwiches illustrated in 75 photographs. This is streamlined cooking for busy families and firmly solves the "what's for dinner?" conundrum for home cooks everywhere.

About the Author
MICHAEL SYMON is a co-host of ABC's The Chew, an Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America, and the host of Cooking Channel's Symon's Suppers. He is the chef and co-owner of the acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Ohio; the B Spot burger restaurants outside Cleveland; and Roast in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of Michael Symon's Live to Cook and Michael Symon's Carnivore.

I like this cookbook. I cook from fresh ingredients almost every day. I bought the Kindle edition and use it with the ap on my kitchen computer.
5 in 5 is very straightforward, uses ingredients that can be found at any grocery store and the preparation instructions are clear. My teenaged children love to cook dinner and this book is ideal for them. Not too many ingredients, no elaborate preparations or complicated spice blending or marinades. The dressings are simple, substitutions are offered, so you can use what you have on hand and still make something good. There's even a section of food pairings and combinations that feature what tastes good with what - that's really good for creating new dishes based on something you've done before. I'm wanting to try some of the sandwich combinations, grill recipes and definitely Symon's version of Chicken Marsala.

"Michael Symon's 5 in 5" is a cook book for people who buy fresh ingredients and like simpler cuisine.

I bought it as a gift for my mother's birthday, she in pension and has lot of time to go to grocery store every day to pick fresh fruits and vegetables.
She likes to cook and has lot of cooking books so based on her expertise I believe that the book is really good as she said yesterday when I arrived at a dinner prepared by using one of the recipes from the book.

I didn't have time to look closely to each and every recipe inside but for the few I read (while choosing the right book for gift) instructions were written in an easy to follow way and the author uses ingredients that are not hard to find anywhere.
The author, as it is said in the book title, isn't using more than five ingredients and preparations are not complicated and time consuming.
Great add-on is that substitutions are stated if you can find some of the ingredients needed that makes this book more useful because you can make dinner with things you have on your disposal.

As someone who unfortunately doesn't have much time for daily grocery shopping and slow dinners I was especially intrigued with the book part related to the preparation of sandwiches.
So I plan when next time I will visit my mother to read it a bit more carefully and use some of them.

The abovementioned yesterday's dinner was great and that's one reason extra to give a recommendation for this book. 

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