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Cook This: Recipes for the Goodtime Girl [Paperback]

Amy Rosen
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Book Description

Aug. 24 2004
A funny, sassy collection of simple but sophisticated recipes for the new generation of foodies who thumb their noses at culinary boundaries

Amy Rosen is someone who knows what twenty- and thirty-somethings want from a cookbook: great recipes that bridge the gap between university cooking for survival and haute cuisine designed to impress. With wicked humour, Rosen will guide you through the basics of what you should have in your pantry and show you how simple creating everything from fine French eats to streamlined Japanese vittles to trailer-trash delights can be.

While the writing may be irreverent, the recipes are not. Discover how to roast the perfect chicken and then side it with a knockout cognac gravy. Master chocolate crème brûlée and corn fritters, and learn everything you need to know to mix the perfect cocktail or throw a dazzling party. Whether you want to turn your office enemies into water-cooler buddies or impress your boy toy and his parents, this book is for you. Eggplant Caviar, Lemon Risotto with Seared Sea Scallops, Fried Chicken with Mashed Taters, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Caramelized Mango and Banana in Phyllo Purses are just a few of the creative concoctions you’ll find here. There are also surefire remedies for those pesky food cravings and mood swings (girls, you know what we’re talking about). And wondering what to serve the night you plan to break up with your boyfriend? That’s in here too.

However, be forewarned that there are no recipes containing pears, fennel or headcheese, because Amy hates them. Her book, her rules.

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Author Amy Rosen likes to heat things up in Cook This: Recipes for the Goodtime Girl. "Remove panties," she advises in step three of her instructions for making oyster shots. (This is a cookbook that leaves absolutely nothing to chance.) But it's not all about sex. Rosen may be a goodtime girl herself, but she trained at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, and this is a serious cookbook, which also offers lots of advice on romance, dinner parties, and impressing the boy toy and his parents. The romantic repasts under the chapter "Dim the Lights and Turn Up the Heat" include Steak Tartare, Chicken Tagine, and a lickable body mask made from milk chocolate. No one lickable in your life? Toblerone Chunk Brownies are the perfect substitute for affection. "Solo Soiree" is a good place to find the makings of a quick bite to eat standing over the sink, such as Linguine with Goat Cheese. Try it and see if you agree with Rosen's assessment that it's "the best damn pasta in the world." She may be right, especially if you stir the melting goat cheese into the strands of linguine to make a creamy sauce. For Far Eastern flavours, Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Pan-Fried Spinach is a winner--moist and rich. "Your Roots Are Showing" contains such down-home treats as fried chicken and sweet corn fritters. The compact volume is packed with more than 130 recipes and lots of humour, but no photos for people who like to see what a dish is supposed to look like when the professionals get their hands on it. Still, most of the recipes are not complicated and can be accomplished by even novice cooks. Just be sure to hide the book in the freezer when your Dad visits. --Carolyn Leitch

About the Author

Amy Rosen is a freelance journalist who has written for publications such as Fashion magazine, Flare, Vines, Elle, The Globe and Mail, the National Post and enRoute magazine.

A Cordon Bleu–trained gal with degrees in film and journalism to boot, Amy was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award in 2002. Cook This is her second cookbook.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fun fun cookbook April 5 2005
By W. Lock
this is great because along with easy-to-follow recipes, there is a dose of fun and wit in the commentary. though there are no glossy pictures, amy rosen includes the most salient details of the dish to tempt you to make it and discover for yourself the tasty end result. so far, i have tried the tiramisu, butter chicken and almond rice, and honey garlic chicken to great success and i am a very novice cook!
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple success Jan. 1 2005
By A Customer
I consider myself a novice when it comes to the art of cooking. With two young children and a busy lifestyle, I really needed some help. This book allows me to be creative and get dinner on the table fast. My favorite so far is the stew with dumplings. The kids also love the mac and cheese. That strawberry cheesecake is calling out to me so I am on to desserts next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book! Sept. 20 2004
I enjoyed reading this book, and I know that I will enjoy cooking from it. It is very funny, with cute illustrations instead of glossy food pictures. The recipes are uncomplicated, but should result in dishes that will impress your friends. Highly recommended, even for experienced cooks (not the book's target audience).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cook This cooks! Sept. 28 2004
By A Customer
I've always been a pasta and tomato sauce (out of the jar) kinda girl, and had a bit of a cookbook-phobia, but Cook This changed all that. It's quirky and fun (you can read it on the living room couch), and it's also delicious and easy. I love the stuffed squash (p. 25). The cartoons are great and it's a fab gift.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Looks are deceiving Dec 29 2004
By Crysal
I would prefer a cook book which includes glossy pictures of the receipes rather than silly cartoons. Unfortunately, I do own this book, and I will be returning it (it was a gift), since no recipes look appealing. If you would like a fun and an easy to follow cookbook try "The Girl Can't Cook" by Cinda Chavich (also a Canadian).
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