Best of Chef at Home

Best of Chef at Home

Book - 2009
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There's no doubt that Chef Michael Smith is passionate about food. You'll catch his enthusiasm just by watching his hit Food Network television shows Chef at Home and Chef Abroad. Now he's back with the much-awaited follow-up to his first book, Chef at Home , which has sold over 28,000 copies.

The Best of Chef at Home is a collection of the recipes that Michael is most passionate about, the everyday comfort food his own family craves. Both simple and easy to adapt, the recipes reflect Michael's belief that making great food is about relaxing, enjoying the process, and losing yourself in the moment.

It includes everything from quick recipes for weekday meals, like macaroni and cheese, to fancier fare for entertaining guests, like short ribs braised in red wine. Michael's laid-back approach encourages creativity in the kitchen, with suggestions for altering and adjusting each recipe until it is truly your own.

Why not try adding pine nuts to your chocolate chip cookies? Or curry powder to a classic chicken stew? Once you know the basics, you can create flavourful food for your family and friends with a personal touch. Try your hand at Chef Michael Smith's most popular crowd-pleasers: Chicken Noodle Soup Brined Holiday Turkey with Herb Gravy The Perfect Burger Classic Chicken Stew Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies

Publisher: North Vancouver, BC : Whitecap Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781552859841
Branch Call Number: 641.5 Sm62b
Characteristics: 257p illus


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May 23, 2011

The burgers are indeed "Perfect"!

May 20, 2011

A terribly disappointing book. I think his show is fantastic, however this cookbook is seriously lacking. This is a book geared more toward those that are first-time cooks, not those who are experienced and are looking for something a little more interesting or out of the box. For example, one of the recipes was for a banana wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter. That's it. I tried a few of the recipes that seemed tasty to me, and they turned out to be rather tasteless and unimpressive.

For a great home-cooking book, I much prefer Laura Calder's French Food at Home, or a couple of Jamie Oliver's early cookbooks. They also feature quick recipes, but do not lack flavor and creativity.

Mar 21, 2011

t's like you're in his kitchen and he's showing you how to cook. much like the tv show. very homey.

Mar 02, 2011

I love Michael Smith and his Food Network show Chef At Home for its simplicity and comfort food - and this book contains recipes that fit that description. Nothing is difficult, nothing is gourmet - but everything is yummy and easy for anyone to whip up. Also, there are beautiful pictures to correspond with each entry.

Monica Loke
Jan 16, 2011

Very simple and easy to follow recipes. Attempted some and they turned out excellent.

Aug 08, 2010

My favourite kind of cookbook - simple recipes that work great and beautiful photos.

May 15, 2010

I was looking for new, stimulating recipes but found most of them quite pedestrian. He is definitely not a Jamie Oliver of a di Stasio.

Mar 08, 2010

Michael Smith's book has clear instructions, a photo per recipe, and lots of common ingredients. What makes it special is that he inspires you to be creative. A lovely, user-friendly cookbook.

Feb 19, 2010

I didn't have a chance to try any of the recipes, but boy did they look good!

Nialla Dec 29, 2009

Canadian chef Michael Smith continues to show why the best food comes from a love of simple ingredients and basic preparation.

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