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Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood [Hardcover]

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April 7 2009
“For me, there are few things that are more relaxing than lingering at the table with good friends . . . But I know that for a lot of people, putting together a meal, especially for guests, is the opposite of relaxing . . . I’m here to tell you: It doesn’t have to be that way.”

—from the Introduction

Aussie Curtis Stone, host of TLC’s Take Home Chef, is best known for his laid-back approach to cooking. Though he’s worked as head chef in several Michelin-starred London restaurants, some of his most memorable meals are the ones he’s shared with friends at home. Now, Curtis shows you how to have as much fun in the kitchen as your guests are sure to have over a comfortable, unforgettable meal.

In Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone, you’ll find everything from “First Thing in the Morning” bites and “Brunches to Blow Their Minds” to “Weekend Lunches” and “Something to Eat on the Sofa.” With the home cook in mind, Curtis avoids off-putting culinary lingo and hard-to-find ingredients. Instead, he picks what’s in season and just around the corner. This down-to-earth approach results in wonderfully interesting and flavorful taste combinations that are perfect for parties or just hanging out with a close friend or loved ones.

Recipes include:

• Caramelized Nectarines with Yogurt and Honey
• Crispy Tortilla with Ham, Chile, Spinach, and Fried Eggs
• Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad with Pepper-Crusted New York Steak
• Pan-Fried Calamari with Roasted Asparagus Salad
• Homemade Salted Caramel Popcorn
• Baby Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives
• Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
• Red Curry with Lobster and Pineapple
• Veal Cutlet Coated in an Aged Jack Cheese Crust
• Slowly Cooked Brisket with a BBQ Bourbon Sauce
• Creamy Mascarpone and Parsley Polenta
• Brownie Cupcakes

These delicious recipes and Curtis’s infectiously easygoing attitude are all it takes to end your entertaining stress and get you and your guests into a relaxing mood.

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"Curtis shows that making beautiful, delicious, satisfying food can also be fun. With recipes like these, you’ll be inviting people over a lot more often."
—Todd English

About the Author

CURTIS STONE is the host of TLC’s top-rated Take Home Chef. He trained under famous chef Marco Pierre White in London, working as head chef at three of his restaurants. He regularly appears on the Today show and was voted one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he lives in Los Angeles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Results! July 15 2011
The photography is bright and fresh, allowing the food to really pop off the page. The layout is modern and simple, complimenting the style of food. Even the recipe categories themselves are exciting, and include sections with titles such as 'First Thing in the Morning', 'Brunch That Will Blow Their Minds', 'Something to Eat on the Sofa', and 'Sweet Dreams'. Overall, Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone is a book that will appeal to more experienced cooks yet still be within the means of someone with limited experience in the kitchen. A great addition to any cookbook collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed, simple, and delicious! April 9 2009
By ShopGirl - Published on
This book is exactly what is says it is: Relaxed cooking ala Curtis, and not at all boring by any means! Better yet, the ingredient lists are fairly short, the recipes uncomplicated and easy to follow, all with that touch of sophistication that Curtis is known to bring to his dishes.

The book design gets a good review as well. The photography is bright and luscious, the layout modern and simple, and most importantly, the type is on the larger side (excellent when following along while cooking!).
Personally, I can't wait to try the recipe for the rhubarb ripple ice cream myself (and how good does that sound!?)

Overall, this book makes cooking exciting and approachable for the modest cook, yet is capable of interesting a more seasoned chef's palette. A great addition to any cooks' collection.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Your Hair Down Cooking April 16 2009
By rodboomboom - Published on
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I've enjoyed Curtis on TV for his laid-back, yet passion for food, not to be stuffy, but really good and enjoyable dining.

Here he provides recipes for that target, relaxed cooking and dining as he puts it. It is the Aussie way, he says. I believe him, and am attracted to this as I first was to Graham Kerr. They are knowledgeable about five-star dining, yet prefer simpler, relaxed recipes for entertaining their friends.

Curtis has even some new categories to highlight this more casual approach such as "Weekend Lunches" or "Something to Eat on the Sofa." The majority of ingredients and techniques required to prepare these recipes are not that difficult, with the exception of some of the seafood, e.g. daurade, however, he does in most cases provide substitutes for these harder to find types.

I've only tried a few so far, but find them delivering on the theme of wonderful, relaxed food: Heirloom Tomato and Burrato Salad with Pepper-Crusted NY Steak; Smoked Trout Melt with Cucumber on Pumpernickel; Peach and Honey Cake with Orange Syrup; and Spicy Sausage Breakfast Burritos.
There are many more that I look forward to trying.

This proves to be a cookbook such that both the chef and the diner can enjoy not too formal and sophisticated dishes, yet as Curtis writes: "deliver a lot of flavor and plate appeal for the effort invested--in other words, to help you be as relaxed in the kitchen as you are in front of a that crackling fire." Goal achieved!

The layout and color photos are superb as Clarkson Potter Publishers have a reputation in their cookbook collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable and so easy April 13 2009
By J Michelle - Published on
I love love love this book! Talk about sprinting to get back into the kitchen. I was all over it. This is the yummiest selection of recipes that I've seen in a long time that will have you instantly inspired to get back into the kitchen. Who would have thought that a chef of Curtis's professional caliber could simplify things and make your everyday life in the kitchen so easy!

The chapters are broken down by occasion, I rather like "something to eat on the sofa" which is a great chapter filled with comfy foods that you don't need to sit at the dinner table for. Or how about some great recipes for entertaining a crowd "crowd pleasers" and another favorite "sweet dreams" for all things sweet and delectable that will send you in to the sweetest of food comas!!! I could go on!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed and simple yes, but creative and very good food June 20 2011
By J. Sims - Published on
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I'm an experienced cook. My partner and I cook from scratch, what most people would call gourmet meals, about 70 percent of the time. But, when I read this book I knew I had to try some of the recipes. I have made about 2 dozen of various types. I haven't found a bad one yet and except for one would make them over many times. The chicken and leek pie is simple and fabulous. When I need something fast this is my go-to book now
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Easy-to-Follow Recipes Aug. 14 2009
By Soglio - Published on
We tried several recipes from this book. All were tasty, easy to prepare, looked liked the photos when finished, and used ingredients we were able to find at the local market. Thumbs up! It is now one of our favorites.
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