Impossible to Easy

Robert Irvine, Author, Brian O'Reilly, With with Brian O’Reilly. Morrow
, 29.95 (304p) ISBN (294p) ISBN 978-0-06-147411-8

The conceit of the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible is that dinner is always possible, and in this quirky cookbook, host Irvine (Mission: Cook! ) brings his show-tested know-how (frogs leg’s over an open fire, anyone?) to home cooking. In his Mise-En Place chapter, for instance, he outlines an approach for getting organized, developing a personal arsenal of tools and ingredients and using the freezer as a strategic weapon, then includes a series of recipes that demonstrate the importance of setting up ahead of time, like dishes of flour, egg and breadcrumbs for a veal cutlet that needs breading or assembling different components in a logical order for duck confit with three-bean cassoulet. Irvine’s dishes range from the prosaic (chicken pot pie; scalloped potatoes) to the wild (venison potatoes brandade; sea scallops over leeks with mango curry chocolate sauce) but his can-do attitude, emphasis on technique and helpful timelines make them equally approachable. While readers may find that the order of the book is a bit unconventional, those willing to delve into it will find Irvine’s advice practical and illuminating and his recipes solid. Photos. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/08/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-06-198702-1
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