Fast Flavours: 110 Simple Speedy Recipes Paperback – Sep 4 2012
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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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An interesting feature of the book is that some (not all) of the meat recipes come in four different techniques/speeds. Typically they are stove-top, pressure cooker, oven, and slow-cooker. I like this feature, as it lets you adjust a recipe to different amounts of time that you may have. I haven't had time to fully explore the differences in results, but they generally seem like good techniques each way. The pork tenderloin recipe in particular is quite good and flexible. It helps that Chef Smith chooses the right cuts of meat for the task at hand (e.g., pork tenderloin instead of shoulder). I have seen a lot of Chef At Home, and some of his new TV series, and I can say that most of the recipes in the book seem new to me. A couple, like the baked apples, were things I'd seen on the show, but most of them appear to be new to this book (maybe they're also in the new show, I don't know). Each recipe has a gorgeous full-page color picture to go along with it, making the book very visually appealing and inspiring. The only section of the book that didn't really ring my bell was the section on drinks. But then again, I like beer, single-malt scotch, and wine, which don't really lend themselves to cocktails. The drink recipes didn't seem bad, they were just not my thing, so I won't ding the book for including them.Read more ›
Despite it just being a collection of recipes, Michael Smith's warm personality still shines through.
Lots of simple, tasty food in here--don't expect anything mindblowing, just solid tasty food--with a few little twists.
The one issue I had is with his recipe for beef stew. It makes a delicious stew if not for one thing--he calls for 1 bunch of rosemary. I sprig would be more like it! I made it a couple times without rosemary, substituting other herbs I had around. Then I made it with rosemary, and against my better judgement put in a little less than what was called for.
It was horrific an bitter, as I should have realized. Rendered the entire beautiful stew inedible--but really I knew it'd be too much, and I should have used some common sense.
Apart from that I highly recommend it as a guide to some tasty tidbits and solid recipes.
The recipes in this book give his readers ideas on various cooking methods. I'm new to pressure cookers. Chef Michael has shown me all the possibilities in creating tasty dishes in speedy minutes. There are several recipes in this book that have sparked my own cooking without a recipe style, that I prepare often using my own variations.
This book is kept handy and has inspired many meals.
Most recent customer reviews
Simple recipes with incredible flavour. Michael Smith always exceeds expectations. Good price.Published 9 months ago by SMSilverx2
Lots of great recipes, using ingredients I typically have on hand !Published 14 months ago by katie
Great book, easy to read and follow, if you like Chef Michael Smith you cannot go wrongPublished 18 months ago by Mikespoon
I am a huge fan of Chef Michael and this book doesn't disappoint. It will definitely inspired you to get into your kitchen and get cooking!Published on June 17 2013 by katie maclennan