Thursday, December 16, 2010
5 Ingredient Fix
Publisher's Summary. Claire Robinson, the hot new Food Network star of 5 Ingredient Fix and Food Network Challenge, helps people get dinner on the table with little fuss and a few great ingredients. The quest for simple, affordable, and fresh, mouthwatering food is over. 5 INGREDIENT FIX helps put delicious and sophisticated meals on the table in a snap. With people struggling to simplify, streamline, and budget, the Food Network's Claire Robinson is here to help. Cooking doesn't have to be complicated to be impressive; simplifying the process with fewer ingredients saves time, frustration, and ultimately, money.
Review. Claire Robinson, a French culinary trained chef and the host of the Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix, has authored a cookbook of the same name. The foundation for Robinson’s 5 ingredient recipes is based on her philosophy that meals should be elegant, simple and accessible to everyone (chefs and non-chefs alike).
The 5 Ingredient Fix is composed of easy to moderately-challenging recipes that have a twist or a special ingredient that makes the dish shine. For example, the BBQ Sauce uses spicy Dijon mustard, the Ginger and Lemon Roasted Chicken is paired with braised fennel, and the Easy Ratatouille includes small brined capers. I tried the Cheesy Penne (sorry no pics b/c my camera broke) and found it savory and easy to prepare. The recipe called for Dijon mustard (the special ingredient) which added a new twist to the normal cheesy pasta dish.
The 5 Ingredient Fix does a great job of showcasing the recipes with lots of gorgeous color photos throughout the book. It also conveniently lists the ingredients on the right side of the page so that one can quickly jot a grocery shopping list to make the dish. Additionally, Robinson adds a brief comment or background to each recipe that is often informative.
The 5 Ingredient Fix would make a great gift for both new and established cooks!
Review copy provided courtesy of the Publisher.