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Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes [Hardcover]

Cat Cora , Ann Kruegar Spivack

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Book Description

June 2 2010
On the wildly popular show Iron Chef America, Cat Cora uses her instincts to transform random ingredients into exciting creations on a moment’s notice. In this book, she turns her eye to some of our most popular dishes to make them faster, fresher, and lighter. These are the swift meals that Cat relies on when she comes home from work to cook for her own family: Greek-Style Nachos, Grilled Chili-Lime Flank Steak Soft Tacos, Crispy Baked Fish Stix with Mustard Dipping Sauce, Quick Chicken Curry with Peas, and Sour-Cherry-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes.   In dishes like Baked “Fried” Calamari with Marinara Dipping Sauce and Tex-Mex Tuna Casserole, Cat puts a new spin on old favorites. She updates others, tossing chipotle-spiced croutons into a Caesar salad, or replacing the usual beef in stroganoff with chicken and adding fresh tarragon. Each recipe illustrates Cat’s motto: just because a dish is a classic doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (June 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547126034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547126036
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CAT CORA made television history when she became the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network in 2005. In 2006 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Bon Appétit and was named executive chef of the magazine. She is the president and founder of Chefs for Humanity, which raises funds for emergency and
hunger-related causes. The mother of four boys, she is the author of Cooking
from the Hip
, and she recently launched the restaurants CCQ at Macy’s in Costa
Mesa, California, and Kouzzina at Walt Disney World.

Ann Krueger Spivack co-wrote Cooking from the Hip and is a co-writer of The Essence of Chocolate and Elizabeth Faulkner's Demolition Desserts.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Halibut Recipe!! Aug. 15 2010
By btrail - Published on
The Halibut recipe in this book is absolutely wonderful! It is very easy to follow and uses ingredients that are already stocked in my kitchen. Great for a quick meal during the week; the family thought I really spent a lot of time on it. The most important thing about this recipe and other recipes in the book is that it is very health conscience. Recipes are low fat, quick and best of all -GREAT TASTING! Cat Cora is now my favorite chef!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Cora Helps Family Cooks Take Taste up a Notch March 10 2011
By Tracy - Published on
Cat Cora is well known from her status as an Iron Chef, a show that compels chefs to take unusual ingredients and combine them to create show-stopping dishes. Although it is entertaining to watch, it is far from the type of cooking that most people do in their homes. In this cookbook we see another side of Cat, a person who cooks for a family day in and day out.

As in most families, Cat goes to classic favorites over and over, but updates them with new flavors to keep the meals both interesting and family friendly. The end result is recipes that please both adults and children. This is a cookbook that cooks will reach for over and over, virtually cooking their way through from beginning to end. Highlights (so far): Chicken Soup with Coconut, Fresh Basil and Chiles, which is great paired with Cilantro Slaw with Sauteed Garlic; and Sweet Potato Clam Chowder with Bacon, served with Corn Bread. Best of all, Cat shows cooks that they can take steps to update their own families' favorites and make them new and fresh.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This master chef offers different takes on favorite 'comfort food' dishes Sept. 17 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Cat Cora is best known to the general public as one of the 'Iron Chefs' on what is perhaps television's most popular cooking shows. Now in Cat Cora's Classics With a Twist, this master chef offers different takes on favorite 'comfort food' dishes, and tells how to present casual fare that looks as if one has spent hours on it. Fast, healthy meals with inspiration were dishes Cat put together after work for her own large family, so they not only look pretty, but appeal to practical cooks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Weekday Night Options Dec 13 2010
By Jessica B. Baker - Published on
We use this cookbook every week. Most of the ingredients are easy to find and inexpensive. Many of the recipes have 30-45 minute prep times.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the palate Aug. 23 2010
By lettetia - Published on
Cat Cora brings a fresh new look to soon-to-be favorites made from readily available ingredients, many right in your pantry. I was very impressed with Cat's variety of health conscious meals that are just made for the busy cook. Her Greek Nachos were a big hit with friends and family.

I prepared a romantic dinner for two centered around Cat's recipe for Fettuccine with Scallops, Red Pepper and Lime and it was a delight to the palate.

Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist is a book I intend to purchase for several friends and family members. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys cooking or wants to learn from a master.

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