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When a new technology appears, it takes a while for cooks to come to grips with what that novel appliance can actually accomplish in the kitchen. Linda Stephen's Best Convection Oven Cookbook takes the home cook into the frontiers of convection cooking. Long used in restaurants, convection ovens speed cooking and even out heat by blowing hot air around the oven and across the food. But cooks unused to this phenomenon find themselves overcooking or undercooking. Stephen explains how to adapt recipes by shortening baking time or reducing baking temperature. Her recipes include a phyllo-wrapped chicken and spinach pie, a baked version of spaghetti carbonara suited for brunch, and mustard-garlic coated prime rib of beef. Flank steak with polenta takes advantage of convection broiling. Canadian cuisine appears in Tourtiere and in the use of genuine Canadian peameal bacon. There are also specially designed recipes for convection toaster ovens, compact versions of the standard models. Mark Knoblauch
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289 pages of mouth-watering recipes with tips and suggestions that enhance the handful of recipes that are gratuitously included in manuals supplied with convection ovens. (Sue Ade Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, AZ) 2007-07-10)
[This book] helped me far better than the cookbook that came with my convection oven. (Phyllis Steinberg Sun-Sentinel News Group [Syndicated Columnist] 2003-10-16)
This cookbook is a very welcome and much needed guide. (Barbara Solomon Jennis Cookbook Digest)
Linda Stephen does a good job suggesting go-withs, variations and techniques helpful in creating recipes or even buying the ingredients. (Myrna Collins Appleton Post-Crescent 2003-08-06)
An interesting, eclectic recipe collection with something to appeal to almost any taste. (Cheramie Sonnier Baton Rouge Advocate 2004-02-12)
I've had a convection oven for about six years and I have to admit that I really never did understand how to use it. I've read about it and I've tried it; but wasn't convinced of the difference from a conventional oven until I got serious and started reviewing The Best Convection Oven Cookbook. During holiday meals I've attempted to use the oven for many dishes at one time and ended up with a juggling dance. Now I understand that with a convection oven there is no need for juggling and because of the constant circulation of air I can even bake as many as six sheets of cookies (if I had that many racks) at one time. For the purpose of this review we are asked to test out three recipes. I could hardly wait to give my first test and was open to try Tourtiere, a French Canadian dish that is very popular in Quebec. I make this dish often but was open to try this recipe and bake it convection style. The filling itself was different than what I normally make. I only use allspice and cinnamon where this recipe called for savory, thyme, cloves and cinnamon. We like this variation as well. I cut down baking time by about 15 minutes which on busy days is a godsend. Wanting to go all out on the test, I tested Roast Prime Rib of Beef. Again, for the size of the roast, I cut down the roasting time by about 12 hour. The sauce of mustard, garlic, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce was a nice addition. I served the roast with Turnip and Apple Mash which was a great complement. Although the suggested cooking temperatures of the roast and the mash were different, it didn't make any difference. I'm not sure if I saved any time on cooking the mash in the convection oven because it just went in with the roast. The third recipe I tested was Chocolate Almond Torte because I wanted to know if using a convection oven made any difference in a baked product. The torte itself is delicious; its rich and the orange zest adds to the flavor. From my knowledge of making other tortes and cakes, I saved about 10 minutes on the baking time. I do believe the cake baked more even and that is because of the circulating heat and the cake didn't have the hump in the middle. I give using the convection oven a "thumbs up" and am grateful I got to review The Best Convection Oven Cookbook. There are many recipes I will be making now that I've been convinced using a convection oven does save time and gives a more even heat distribution. So at this point you can tell I'm jazzed about this new find! (Irene Watson Reader Views 2011-02-11)
It looks like a good book. This is my only convection cook book and at this point I have only tried one recipe. It was the salmon loaf and it looked and tasted great. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janice Read