The Chopped Cookbook from Food Network kitchens

The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You've Got to Cook Something GreatThe Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great by Food Network Kitchens

Never again let the question, “What’s for dinner?” stump you. The Chopped Cookbook features secrets for combining pantry staples to make exciting meals.

If you’ve ever looked into your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, let The Chopped Cookbook help you shake up weeknight dinners. Just as each basket on Chopped has many tasty possibilities, so, too, do the contents of your refrigerator. By showing you how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes—including go-to guides for making salad dressings and pan sauces, four-ingredient market baskets that can go in many tasty directions, and ideas for ways to reinvent pasta dinners—the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is really no surprise that this is a great resource for recipes, as in the land of the cookbook, Food Network is king. However, I was really surprised by how well-arranged and useful this book is overall.

Instead of just being some of the random, crazy-fast recipes that came from the chopped kitchen hastily thrown into a book, you will find really good organisation as well as useful tips for how to buy vegetables and choose meat sources that work well for your dishes.

This book covers the basics, dinner meals and such, but also covers easy to prep desserts, drinks, salads and a lot of recipes that could be used as appetisers and party foods.

There are also a lot of dressing ideas and information on how to choose the right grains for texture and flavour. This is a beautiful book, hardcover with excellent binding and heavy pages, so it would make an ideal gift for the cook in your life.

There are many full-colour photos that give you a preview of what the completed recipes will look like. The tilapia tacos are awesome, by the way.

Recipes from this book can be easily adapted to your own personal taste preferences and there are quite a few that could be easily converted to vegan.

One more thing that impressed me, there are a lot of recipes that don’t require odd ingredients that most of us don’t have. I can easily find most of this stuff in my pantry or crisper, so not a lot of running back and forth to the shops required.

I definitely recommend this book to those who love to cook and try new recipes, but don’t have a lot of time to prepare.

This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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