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Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love: Delight Family and Friends with More than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes Hardcover – Apr 5 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402786441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402786440
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 21 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #435,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Cristina Ferrare is the author of two New York Times best-selling books and was featured in a series of cooking segments on Oprah.com entitled Cooking with Cristina. She began her career as a model that graced the covers of every major fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan, and was a spokesperson for Max Factor.  Cristina co-hosted AM Los Angeles, the highest-rated morning television show during her five-year tenure, and hosted Cristina and Friends and Home and Family. She was a substitute co-host on Good Morning America and co-hosted with Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Her primetime series for CBS, Shame on You, was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. Cristina is also an entrepreneur whose successful lifestyle home décor company--Ferrare With Company--is distributed not only in more than 100 stores in the United States but internationally, as well.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa419b090) out of 5 stars 51 reviews
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41a7918) out of 5 stars Delicious and so easy! April 5 2011
By Zack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let me put it to you this way: not unlike Carrie Bradshaw, my oven is used to store clothes. However, a friend recommended Cristina's cookbook to me so I thought I would take a look. Besides Cristina's warm and genuine tone, the book is filled with DELICIOUS, hearty and healthy recipes that are so easy to make. I even used my oven for the first time last night to make one of Cristina's vegetable dishes, her roasted asparagus with balsamic. Yum!! There are so many recipes I can't wait to try, this book is genius!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41b8858) out of 5 stars My New Favorite Cookbook April 5 2011
By NEW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just got a copy of Cristina's cookbook. It's now my FAVORITE. And, I'm a girl who loves me a cookbook. The recipes are fantastic, and everything is created so it can be done fast and easy. The food photography looks beautiful. My husband is going to be a happy man come meal time. :)
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41b3dec) out of 5 stars Thumbs up! April 14 2011
By saltine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love the selection of recipes in "Big Bowl of Love." I feel like I have access to Cristina's personal recipe file with all her notes and improvements on recipes that range from fast & easy to more impressive undertakings. The book does include a few 'filler' recipes that simply list specific ingredients with a building plan. The dessert section is short, but tempting.

In most cookbooks the 'basics' are not noteworthy; however, Cristina has included marinades and sauces that I really need options for ~ such as: Asian Slaw Vinaigrette, Greek Salsa, Ponzu Dipping Sauce, Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce and Ginger Dipping Sauce.

There are great number of pictures to inspire; but, I was distracted by those pictures that use bokeh (the blurring of the background). Done well, pictures that blur the background will bring importance to the item that is in focus. Here, I don't feel the blurry pictures were done well, instead, I just felt like I needed a new eyeglass prescription.

Overall, where content is concerned, this book is a winner!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41b8b1c) out of 5 stars Simple enough for a so-so cook June 29 2014
By Terri757 - Published on Amazon.com
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Her recipes are so down to earth, nothing out of the ordinary needed to make these tasty meals. I live in a very rural area where its hard to find gourmet ingredients but they're not needed with Christina's recipes. She can take every day grocery store items and making them sing! I'm picking fresh tomatoes by the buckets and her Pasta with Fresh Roma Tomato Sauce is excellent and Pozole recipe is so so good as well as many others. So glad that I stumbled upon her cook book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fbe180) out of 5 stars Wow your family with these recipes! June 14 2011
By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love has a ton of recipes that your family will think you spent hours on. Only you'll know that you didn't spend much time at all. Her recipes are relatively easy and fun to prepare as well as nutritious. She includes helpful tips on shortening preparation time, cutting calories and extending meals to feed a few extra. I definitely appreciated these!

Each recipe includes a brief introduction with a history of the recipe, a detailed ingredients list, and well written instructions that are easy to follow. Most recipes also include a gorgeous color photograph to inspire you. Recipes included are for appetizers, salads, soups, pasta and risotto, chicken, beef and lamb, fish, vegetables, desserts; dressings, sauces, and salads; and pantry and staple items.

There's really a great variety of cuisines in this cookbook including Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian, and of course, plenty of good old American favorites. I really cannot wait to try the Linguine with Clam Sauce! Wow her picture makes this look so amazing. This is definitely a great resource for the mom looking to wow her family without spending hours in the kitchen!