cover image Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast

Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast

Emeril Lagasse. Harperstudio, $24.99 (257pp) ISBN 978-0-06-174294-1

Taking a cue from Rachael Ray, popular chef and television personality Lagasse (Emeril at the Grill, Emeril's New Orleans Cooking, etc.) presents a solid collection of favorites grouped by preparation time. Cooks opting for the 20 minute option have the most dishes to choose from, but Lagasse offers ideas for starters, mains and desserts in all three time frames. Fans will recognize a number of favorites here-Fish En Papillote, Bruschetta, Pasta Primavera, Steak Au Poivre-as well as new dishes sure to agree with families, including Fettucine with Peas and Ham and a simple but delicious BLT with avocado and basil mayo. Legasse includes a smattering of the Creole and Cajun dishes he's known for (an Italian po-boy dressed with Louisiana hot sauce mayo, Shrimp Etouffe, Trout a La Meuniere, a riff on Bananas Foster), but there are just as many comfort food standards like Sloppy Joes, wings, and macaroni and cheese as palate-pushing entrees. Aside from a few surprises, Lagasse keeps distractions to a minimum, focusing on recipes that are sure to resonate with fans: reliable, everyday dishes that highlight flavor, not flair.