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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; 1st edition (Sept. 3 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143184105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143184102
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Chef MICHAEL SMITH is the bestselling author of seven cookbooks, including Back to Basics, Fast Flavours, Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen, and The Best of Chef at Home. He is the popular host of several Food Network TV shows, including Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef at Home and Chef Abroad, and is a judge on Chopped Canada. Michael is a passionate advocate of simple, sustainable flavors and the growing Canadian cuisine movement. He lives on Prince Edward Island with his wife, Chastity, and their children, Gabe, Ariella, and Camille.


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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2013
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Back to basics is an excellent introduction to many familiar North American dishes. As with his last book, Fast Flavours: 110 Simple, Speedy Recipes, this is a recipe book more than it is a cookbook. However, it starts with a familiar refrain for anyone who follows Michael Smith- feel free to, and in fact you should, freestyle and experiment with the recipes. The book is split into a few sections: salads, chicken, beef, lamb & pork, seafood, pasta, vegetarian dishes and sides, and baking/treats. Many of the recipes are generally for pretty standard fare. Things like roast chicken, mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, roast beef, or pan rushed chicken/pork. Or variations on familiar foods (like peanut butter & chocolate brownies). These are pretty basic recipes that most intermediate, and all advanced, cooks probably already know how to make without a recipe book. So this book is primarily aimed at newer, or less experienced, cooks. I couldn't help but think that with the start of the school season that this would make a great book for older students leaving home and having to learn to cook for themselves. In that regard, it's an excellent book.

The recipes are clear and easy to follow and are sure to bring up some familiar flavors. However, in true Michael Smith fashion, there's both some unusual recipes (e.g., sweet potato salad) as well as a "twist" that goes along with each recipe. The twist follows the recipe as a boxed paragraph at the end of it. The twist is often a suggestion of different ingredients or flavourings (i.e., spices and/or herbs) that can be used to alter a particular dish.
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Love his recipes. Really happy that he is a Canadian. His recipes are easy to follow and his presentation is simple....just love this Chef!
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I found this cookbook to be just as appealing as his shows on the Food Network. He has a wonderful style of teaching that shines both on video and here in his cookbook.

While yes, some of the recipes are incredibly simple, they give you the basics to expand on and grow as a home cook.

I'm not one to cook with a recipe, and Chef Michael encourages me to brank out into new flavours that I've been uncertain to try.

I recommend this to any home cook who likes to cook without a recipe.
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Just a year after publishing "Fast Flavours," the eminently likeable celebrity chef Michael Smith has returned with a new book that sings his familiar refrain: feel free to, in fact, please DO experiment with the recipes. Smith splits "Back to Basics" into 8 sections such as salads, meats, vegetarian and baking/treats and includes standard fare like roast chicken, mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. Intermediate and advanced cooks may find the recipes too simple but students and newer kitchen denizens will find clear, easy to follow instructions on creating several well-rounded menus.

Each recipe includes a "twist" inside a boxed paragraph. These twists offer suggestions for different ingredients/flavourings or even different cooking methods and add a new dimension to the food for those who master the original recipes and want to try a change. Ultimately, the twists turn a basic book of recipes into an introduction on how take your cooking to the next level.

With its beautiful full page photos, this solid recipe book recommends itself easily. Both the newer cooks and the more experienced can fill their kitchens with wonderful food following Smith's loose yet expert guidelines.
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Such a great book to try. Several of us have this book and are enjoying the recipes. The roast beef is amazing! Salad dressings are versatile and useful. Great ideas to add your own touches and variations.
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This guy can do no wrong. He has gone where few chefs will go. Try just about anything in any conditions.

I have been following him since his first show and have a few of his books. I rarely buy modern cookbooks but he is my go to guy for recipes that don't come out of my head.

This book is exactly what it says. Back to basics. I recommend this for beginner cooks who want to expand a little on their expertise. He is wonderful...and Canadian to boot.
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Great Recipe book, gave it for a birthday present and it is loved. Lots of great recipes for all occasions.
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He is my sons favorite chef. It was a gift to him.
We keep watching the shows and love them !
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