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The all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. For Alex Guarnaschelli--whose mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century--a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished The all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. For Alex Guarnaschelli--whose mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century--a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished chef and author in her own right (and mom to a young daughter), Alex pens a cookbook for the way we eat today. For generations raised on vibrant, international flavors and supermarkets stocked with miso paste, harissa, and other bold condiments and ingredients, here are 300 recipes to replace their parents' Chicken Marbella, including Glazed Five-Spice Ribs, Roasted Eggplant Dip with Garlic Butter Naan, Roasted Beef Brisket with Pastrami Rub, Fennel and Orange Salad with Walnut Pesto, Quinoa Allspice Oatmeal Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Rum Pie.


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The all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. For Alex Guarnaschelli--whose mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century--a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished The all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. For Alex Guarnaschelli--whose mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century--a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished chef and author in her own right (and mom to a young daughter), Alex pens a cookbook for the way we eat today. For generations raised on vibrant, international flavors and supermarkets stocked with miso paste, harissa, and other bold condiments and ingredients, here are 300 recipes to replace their parents' Chicken Marbella, including Glazed Five-Spice Ribs, Roasted Eggplant Dip with Garlic Butter Naan, Roasted Beef Brisket with Pastrami Rub, Fennel and Orange Salad with Walnut Pesto, Quinoa Allspice Oatmeal Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Rum Pie.

30 review for The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart: A Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This cookbook has some really great recipes, some are a little exotic, many are classic, all involve simple ingredients and easy to follow directions. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because there's only one picture for about every 4 or 5 recipes. Some of the most intriguing recipes I saw included Veal Osso Buco (which I've been dying to try ever since reading A Gentleman in Moscow), roasted carrots with cumin and coriander, pure corn soup, shrimp bisque, braised pearl onions This cookbook has some really great recipes, some are a little exotic, many are classic, all involve simple ingredients and easy to follow directions. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because there's only one picture for about every 4 or 5 recipes. Some of the most intriguing recipes I saw included Veal Osso Buco (which I've been dying to try ever since reading A Gentleman in Moscow), roasted carrots with cumin and coriander, pure corn soup, shrimp bisque, braised pearl onions with peas and bacon (am I the only one who loves pearl onions?), roasted asparagus salad with chopped egg and cayenne (similar to Martha Stewart's mimosa asparagus which is one of my favs), and not to even mention any of the desserts, cookies, cakes and fruit.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Schultz (ladyrobyns)

    Tons of great recipes! I shouldn't have to worry about what to cook for a long time. Just found a Kindle edition for $2.99. Score! Looking forward to hitting the kitchen.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This cookbook is one of the best and I haven’t even made anything from it yet. I bet I will cook 80% of the recipes - from the Pure Corn Soup to the Lemon Take. Every recipe is presented with very clear directions and personal notes and tips all of which are so often missing in most of today’s cookbooks. Most of the recipes are for my kind of comfort foods like Cacciatore, Lasagne and Crispy Potato Cake. Most are easy enough for a weeknight meal but special enough for company. I can’t wait to ge This cookbook is one of the best and I haven’t even made anything from it yet. I bet I will cook 80% of the recipes - from the Pure Corn Soup to the Lemon Take. Every recipe is presented with very clear directions and personal notes and tips all of which are so often missing in most of today’s cookbooks. Most of the recipes are for my kind of comfort foods like Cacciatore, Lasagne and Crispy Potato Cake. Most are easy enough for a weeknight meal but special enough for company. I can’t wait to get started!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I love this cookbook! Guarnaschelli really knows how to put a dish together, and this cookbook has a great selection of soups (my favorite), main dishes, desserts, and sides- every one that I tried I thoroughly enjoyed. There was also a solid selection of flavors ranging from spicier chicken dishes to hearty root vegetable soups. Plus, most of them were fairly easy and there were not a lot of difficult to find ingredients. I know I'm gonna be making quite a few of these recipes again this autumn I love this cookbook! Guarnaschelli really knows how to put a dish together, and this cookbook has a great selection of soups (my favorite), main dishes, desserts, and sides- every one that I tried I thoroughly enjoyed. There was also a solid selection of flavors ranging from spicier chicken dishes to hearty root vegetable soups. Plus, most of them were fairly easy and there were not a lot of difficult to find ingredients. I know I'm gonna be making quite a few of these recipes again this autumn!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wayfinding Woman

    I read all of this book— from the interesting introduction to the delicious cocktails at the end. There are some wonderful recipes in this detailed volume. I bought the Kindle version ($2.99 versus about $25 for the hardcover book), and I couldn’t be more pleased.

  6. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    "I remember it distinctly: sandwiches made using portobello mushrooms as a stand-in for the bread." This cookbook just wasn't what I was looking for. While there are some great recipes for Italian food and for go-tos like spaghetti sauce I was surprised how run of the mill this book seemed to me. The book assumes that you have some knowledge of cooking and has a lot of "season to taste" so if you're working on your skills as a cook this might not be the place to start. I was also a little bit put "I remember it distinctly: sandwiches made using portobello mushrooms as a stand-in for the bread." This cookbook just wasn't what I was looking for. While there are some great recipes for Italian food and for go-tos like spaghetti sauce I was surprised how run of the mill this book seemed to me. The book assumes that you have some knowledge of cooking and has a lot of "season to taste" so if you're working on your skills as a cook this might not be the place to start. I was also a little bit put off that these were the authors ideas of "easier" recipes now that she had children and some of them are still rather time intensive for cooking. The dishes are mostly themed and based on experiences in the author's life and each has a story about it. Also there's not pictures for each recipe - that is a must for me in a cook book. It's not a bad variety, but as someone who doesn't eat seafood and was looking for staple recipes this didn't really fit my expectation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book was chosen as the cookbook for a Physician Moms Cook group challenge. For the last 6 months we have cooked from it. Personally I have cooked at least 2 recipes from every chapter and with my colleagues I think we cooked at least 75% of the book. That said, we found the book lacking in consistency- some flavors too strong, some VERY salty- some others excellent and repeatable. I don’t think it was very well edited with ocasional missing instructions for ingredients listed and once again This book was chosen as the cookbook for a Physician Moms Cook group challenge. For the last 6 months we have cooked from it. Personally I have cooked at least 2 recipes from every chapter and with my colleagues I think we cooked at least 75% of the book. That said, we found the book lacking in consistency- some flavors too strong, some VERY salty- some others excellent and repeatable. I don’t think it was very well edited with ocasional missing instructions for ingredients listed and once again mistakes in the amount of salt called for. Did we expect more from this famous chef? Yes, yes we did. Are there some recipes that we’d make again and again in our home kitchens? Again, the answer is yes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love watching Alex Guarnaschelli as a judge on Chopped or cooking as an Iron Chef. But, this cookbook is not geared toward professional chefs, it's geared toward The Home Cook, hence the title. It's broken down like a traditional cookbook by type of food - appetizer, soup, main dishes, etc. Almost everything seems really easy to make and nothing has a huge list of ingredients. Many of the dishes could be pulled together with things you already have in your pantry. There are definitely some rec I love watching Alex Guarnaschelli as a judge on Chopped or cooking as an Iron Chef. But, this cookbook is not geared toward professional chefs, it's geared toward The Home Cook, hence the title. It's broken down like a traditional cookbook by type of food - appetizer, soup, main dishes, etc. Almost everything seems really easy to make and nothing has a huge list of ingredients. Many of the dishes could be pulled together with things you already have in your pantry. There are definitely some recipes I'd like to try. Guarnaschelli hopes that this will be one of your go-to cookbooks that you pull out on a regular basis. This is definitely a cookbook worth checking out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    An eclectic mix of American, Italian and Asian recipes haphazardly arranged by sometimes the ingredient (The Onion Family), sometimes by the meal (Soup for Dinner), sometimes by category (Sauces & Dressings) and sometimes by cooking method (One-Pot, Slow-Cooked Meals). Compared to other recipes I've seen, these classic recipes shouldn't be this complicated, but perhaps that's what makes them gourmet? Personally, I believe I shouldn't need active yeast, a pasta maker and a couple of free hours ju An eclectic mix of American, Italian and Asian recipes haphazardly arranged by sometimes the ingredient (The Onion Family), sometimes by the meal (Soup for Dinner), sometimes by category (Sauces & Dressings) and sometimes by cooking method (One-Pot, Slow-Cooked Meals). Compared to other recipes I've seen, these classic recipes shouldn't be this complicated, but perhaps that's what makes them gourmet? Personally, I believe I shouldn't need active yeast, a pasta maker and a couple of free hours just to knead together a batch of cheese straws. These recipes are more like "Always Home, Lots of Time to Cook" than "Home Cook."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I have been reading cookbooks for years and leaving them off Goodreads. Stealth mode no more! I’ve decided that if I’m counting graphic novels now (I am), then I’m counting cookbooks. This was a great one. The foreword talks about the well-used cookbooks of author’s parents’ kitchen and how they shaped her life. It reminded me of when my dad wants a recipe of my mom’s and I’m able to tell him exactly what cookbook it’s in and what she changed about the recipe to make it taste the way he remember I have been reading cookbooks for years and leaving them off Goodreads. Stealth mode no more! I’ve decided that if I’m counting graphic novels now (I am), then I’m counting cookbooks. This was a great one. The foreword talks about the well-used cookbooks of author’s parents’ kitchen and how they shaped her life. It reminded me of when my dad wants a recipe of my mom’s and I’m able to tell him exactly what cookbook it’s in and what she changed about the recipe to make it taste the way he remembers. Thoroughly enjoyable read, and the last chapter is cocktails. Sour cherry bourbon slush? Yes please.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love watching Alex on the Foodnetwork, her food always looks so inventive and yummy. I was so excited about this book, but it was not set up in a good way. There were not enough pictures for the amount of recipes. All of the food sounds good, even the food items that I do not normally eat sounded really good. I just didn't like the set up and it seemed that with almost every recipe that there were an over abundance of ingredients. I guess that I wish it seemed more low brow friendly so to spea I love watching Alex on the Foodnetwork, her food always looks so inventive and yummy. I was so excited about this book, but it was not set up in a good way. There were not enough pictures for the amount of recipes. All of the food sounds good, even the food items that I do not normally eat sounded really good. I just didn't like the set up and it seemed that with almost every recipe that there were an over abundance of ingredients. I guess that I wish it seemed more low brow friendly so to speak.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clwseattle

    The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart is a little gem of a book. In some books the recipe story is condescending and trite. Here they are not. They are interesting, especially for those of us who 'know' Alex Guarnaschelli and her personality from the Food Network. Will I ever know these recipes by heart? Not a chance. But I will enjoy them. 4 stars, mid B because many of the recipes are those with which I am already familiar and make for my family. Also, I guess I expected more Italian!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Atlantis

    A large collection of recipes for the serious contemporary home cook. This is definitely not Betty Crocker cooking. I’ve tried the stuffed mushroom recipe and it was very good. I made note of a few others to try. E-book note-One thing I did notice in the e-book version is the font color for the list of recipes at the beginning of each chapter is unreadable in the format I got from my library. I had to switch to the night reading mode to view it. Don’t know if it was my reader or what but thought A large collection of recipes for the serious contemporary home cook. This is definitely not Betty Crocker cooking. I’ve tried the stuffed mushroom recipe and it was very good. I made note of a few others to try. E-book note-One thing I did notice in the e-book version is the font color for the list of recipes at the beginning of each chapter is unreadable in the format I got from my library. I had to switch to the night reading mode to view it. Don’t know if it was my reader or what but thought I’d mention it for others who might have had a similar issue.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bailey

    I'm a big fan of Alex Guarnaschelli. This is a great cookbook with a large variety of recipes. Nothing too exotic or hard to find. That being said, it's not one I see myself cooking from anytime soon. This is mostly due to the amount of time needed to prep and cook many of these recipes. Being a mom of three small children, I often need to get meals on the table in 30 minutes or less after working a 10 hour day. These would have been fun recipes to try back in my pre-children days, and maybe aga I'm a big fan of Alex Guarnaschelli. This is a great cookbook with a large variety of recipes. Nothing too exotic or hard to find. That being said, it's not one I see myself cooking from anytime soon. This is mostly due to the amount of time needed to prep and cook many of these recipes. Being a mom of three small children, I often need to get meals on the table in 30 minutes or less after working a 10 hour day. These would have been fun recipes to try back in my pre-children days, and maybe again when the kids are older.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I’ve made quite a few things out of here so far and they’ve all been delicious, and they were also all pretty easy. I love Alex Guarnaschelli on “Chopped” and I was hoping her cookbook wouldn’t be a disappointment- so many chefs put out “home cook” cookbooks that are anything but simple and require so much in both ingredients and money. This one advertises itself correctly. I’m glad to put it on my shelf.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    I really liked this one, the recipes are formatted beautifully and are not too lengthy, almost all are one page. The introductions are well written and the flavor descriptions are enticing. The recipes are not overly complicated for a home cook, I saved quite a few to try and make. Almost all of the recipes are accompanied by a photograph which I appreciate. There is an whole chapter dedicated to mushrooms if that is your thing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    I bought this cookbook because it was January's selection in my cookbook club... And it's awesome. I honestly don't think I would have picked it up without the push from my club, and everything I've made from it is delicious! The ingredients are accessible, the recipes are written clearly and I really like the way the book is arranged as well. It's easy to find what I'm looking for! I highly recommend this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Some nice recipes with good directions. I liked that Me. Guarnaschelli stated whether to use the paddle or whisk attachment with the stand mixer. I think that's often overlooked and definitely needed for a mediocre cook/baker. I'm not sure that all of these recipes are needed to be "known my heart" but most are pretty easy and interesting. I felt there could have been more photos.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leonard

    As in all cook books I place on this list, I don't read all of the recipes in each book, but look over them and occasionally make a copy of one or two that I think I might use some day. This book had quite a few that sounded tasty, but it was heavy on the meats and fat, with many recipes including cream or other fat ingredients.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tanella

    Like it a lot I love Alex on Food Network so I looked forward to using this cookbook. Great recipes and sectioned really well but needs pictures. I am a visual person and there is one picture for every 10 recipes. I'll keep it but I have other books with similar recipes but with pictures.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book shows that a famous gourmet chef can share recipes that are useful and manageable for a novice at home! Lots of appealing choices here, with identifiable ingredients and simple prep. Nicely formatted, with most recipes on a single page, and photos where useful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Rogers

    Haven't tried anything yet but the sheer number of recipes I want to try from my first read makes me like this book. At first I figured I was simply hungry, but then I read more after supper and the to be tried list grew. Looking forward to trying some of these!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Keri Murcray

    This is a wonderful cookbook that will definitely be added to my most-used shelf. Delicious recipes for home cooking that are fairly simple yet very elegant. Something I will certainly turn to again and again. Excellent addition to my collection

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    There are some really delicious recipes in this book that are not at all complicated. However, there were a couple that I had to make some variations to due to the lack of seasoning. Overall this is still a wonderful cookbook.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Pigott

    A very pretty book. Not really for me...a little too complex and fiddly for what I would consider to be a guide for home cooks. But it is very Alex- if you have watched her cook it aligns well with her style.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    A keeper I actually bought the hardback book as well so I could have it in my kitchen and switch between the kindle version and the physical version for ease in cooking. Now that's a good recipe book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    I won't be returning to this one, I don't think. The recipes are a bit middle-of-the-road for me, and as someone who can't cook with cream, many simply wouldn't work for me. Great if you love rich, heavy food and classic desserts, though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Loved her 'classic' dishes....not so with the more modern ones, they were like trying to reinvent the wheel and unappetizing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This is everything I want in a cookbook designed for using at home.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Great recipes but needs more photos to be a five star.

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