The award-winning celebrity chef--star of NBC's "The Restaurant"--gives stressed-out cooks a priceless gift: 175 flavor-packed recipes that require only five ingredients and take only five minutes to cook, cost less than $5 per serving, and taste amazing. of full-color photos; b&w photos throughout.The award-winning celebrity chef--star of NBC's "The Restaurant"--gives stressed-out cooks a priceless gift: 175 flavor-packed recipes that require only five ingredients and take only five minutes to cook, cost less than $5 per serving, and taste amazing. of full-color photos; b&w photos throughout.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-31 The publicity-loving chef of NBC's The Restaurant and former executive chef of Manhattan's three-star restaurant Union Pacific (now closed) devotes his third book to the everyday challenge of cooking without time, money or fancy ingredients. Organized around the gimmick of "5 ingredients/5 minutes prep/$5 per portion"-a weekly feature of DiSpirito's daily radio broadcast on WOR-the book distills dishes like Crab Cakes with Avocado Dip, Beef Curry Saut?, and Cod Provental into four or five steps. Novices may find the instructions too compressed to be useful (there's no explanation of how to execute techniques like deep frying), and users should know that "5 ingredients" excludes pantry staples such as oils, vinegars and flours. DiSpirito also includes 75 photos of himself with family and friends, and relatively few of the food. But harried home cooks with some culinary experience will relish the chef's secret weapon: the 100 commercially prepared ingredients on which he builds his recipes, including Campbell's Cheddar Soup, Hellman's Mayonnaise and Stovetop Stuffing. The result is a book of 175 uneven dishes that are cheap and easy but constrained by the "5" format-a far cry from the creative juice that made DiSpirito's first book, Flavor, a James Beard Award winner. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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