The Food Network's Anne Burrell delivers a cookbook to inspire tentative home cooks in "Own Your Kitchen."
With 100 recipes designed to make the less confident in the kitchen cooks feel at home, Burrell puts fun back in the kitchen with guaranteed hit recipes.
Recipes are divided into Firsts, Seconds, Brunch, Sandwiches, Sides and Desserts.
Firsts offer appetizer selections that Burrell says you can always make a meal out of several. Appetizers range from soups to salads to "bites." There's Tomato Salad with Shrimp and Black Volcanic Sea Salt, Mushroom Soup with Bacon and Pork and Potato Empanadas with Charred Tomatillo Sauce to name a few.
Seconds are main dishes like Braised Chicken with Pomegranate Mollases, Grilled Hanger Steak with Bagna Cauda Sauce, Braised Pork Belly with Cumin and Ginger and Seared Wild Striped Bass with Fennel, Pink Grapefruit and Dandelion.
Brunch recipes offer great tastes for that in-between meal like Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Pineapple Compote, Baked Eggs with Sausage, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce, Fried Rice with Sunny-Side Up Egg and Cranberry-Walnut Schones with Whipped Honey Butter.
Sandwiches offer Sicilian Tuna, Caponata, Provolone and Argula Panino, Taleggio Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Honey Crisp Apples and for a timely recipes, Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwich.
Sides has great dishes like Braised Broccoli with Ginger and Tomatoes, Yukon Gold Potato Pancakes, Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing and Cranberry-Clementine Chutney.
Desserts end things on a sweet onet with Cappuccino Panna Cotta with Chocolate Sauce, Churros con Chocolate and Crepes with Mascarpone and Chocolate with Cherry Compote.
I made Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki one evening. My oldest, who loves any kind of meatball, enjoyed the new flavor of lamb and my picky youngest made an attempt to try it at least. I thought the pita sandwiches were quite good, though I ended up going to another city to find lamb because my local grocery store didn't carry it!
Burrell's instructions were very easy to follow and were fun, definitely sounding like her - at one point talking about saving time with dishes by using one pan and reminding that brown food tastes good. It's not an intimidating book in the least, which will help unsure cooks.
"Own Your Kitchen" is publishe by Clarkson Potter. It is $29.99.
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