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The Food You Want To Eat
by Ted Allen
Though I wasn’t a fan of the small typestyle used for this book, the contrast in colors between the ingredients and the directions, made it a little easier to see. Every section had some facts or history to tell you what was coming up and each recipe had a personal story.
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the Food You Want to Eat - 100 Smart, Simple Recipes
by Ted Allen


Designed to be ‘Smart, cool, easy food’ recipes.

I had the privilege of meeting this author during a special dinner at the Joseph Ambler Inn in Pennsylvania. Besides being a very down-to-earth man, he also has put together a book of 100 recipes that really are very simple. Though I wasn’t a fan of the small typestyle used for this book, the contrast in colors between the ingredients and the directions, made it a little easier to see. Every section had some facts or history to tell you what was coming up and each recipe had a personal story or reason for that recipe. Throughout the book, I could not find any ingredient that wasn’t readily available at every grocery store. I also liked that many areas had a little ‘more information’. Sections like ‘How to buy fresh fish’ or ‘what is organic food’ or even ‘the trouble with buying scallops’. These areas help the beginner, and sometime the more seasoned cook learn something new for their kitchen. The book did not break my cardinal-rule, and keep all recipes on one or opposite pages. The evening I met Mr. Allen, I also had the opportunity to try several recipes from his book including Fennel Salad with Shrimp & Baby Arugula Fresh Orange Vinaigrette, the Halibut Braised with White Wine & Mushrooms, and the Red Wine Braised Short Ribs. The fennel in the salad was light in flavor but added a refreshing taste to the salad that was filled with the arugula, red onions, olives and blood oranges and perfectly cooked shrimp. The finishing flavors offered a nice peppery after-taste. The halibut was very tender that separated with my fork but I didn’t think the sauce had a lot of flavor. The Braised short ribs were incredibly tender with meat that just fell apart with flavors that burst on my taste buds and lingered in my mouth. Other recipes in the book include Saucepan Macaroni and Cheese, Rosemary Marinated Olives, Tuna Tartare that kicks, Spicy Asian Slaw with Sesame and Sweet Red Pepper, Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon and Figs, Sesame-Peanut Noodles, Rosemary Grilled Leg of Lamb with Honeyed Yogurt, Pan-roasted Salmon with Sweet Tomato Vinaigrette, Cauliflower Puree, Warm Spiced Apple Tart and a variety of mixed drinks too.

I’m proud to have this book on my shelf and use it.
Overall Rating: 4 Pots out of 5.


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