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Stephanie Le has created a beautiful masterpiece in her new cookbook, Easy Gourmet. My initially impression of the book, as I flipped through it, was its straightforward approach to each recipe and photographs that could make me fat, just looking at them! The layout is clean and easy to read, even though the measurements are listed first, followed by the ingredient. It takes getting used to, but that's a quick adjustment. I enjoyed reading the short paragraph that accompanied each recipe, explaining the story behind the recipe, or her passion for a certain ingredient and how these dishes were born.
There is a nice selection of dishes, including: breakfast, pasta and rice, meats, seafood, vegetables, soups and stews, sandwiches, snacks and dessert. The ingredient lists for a handful of the dishes is very short. For instance, the Pork Belly has 4 ingredients: Kosher salt, sugar, chili garlic sauce (sambal oelek) and pork belly. Grilled Corn: soy sauce, mirin, butter, and corn. Sometimes the best dishes are those that require very little ingredients and little fuss, allowing the main ingredient shine through. I also noticed that recipes lists include very common ingredients that most of us have on hand. That is a bonus and appealing to the home cook.
You'll recognize a lot of these recipes in other cookbooks or on the internet, (sometimes with her own twist,) like chicken liver pate, jalapeno poppers, hot wings, curried egg salad, chicken tortilla soup, egg drop soup, mushroom barley soup, oven roasted sprouts, cucumber salad, rosemary potatoes, grilled shrimp, fish tacos, pulled pork, roasted chicken thighs, tomato basil spaghetti, classic carbonara, baked mac & cheese, and so on. I was hoping for some original recipes, but a lot of it feels like stuff I have seen in so many other places. However, throughout the book, there is a lot of Asian flavor added to her dishes, which will set them apart. I can't wait to try the mint chocolate chip cookie!