The Carefree Cook

The Carefree Cook

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The Carefree Cook introduces a new, relaxed way of cooking from an award-winning star of the culinary classroom. Rick Rodgers, author of the “101” cookbook series (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Barbecues) and many other cookbooks, presents more than 150 recipes that busy home cooks will love, both for their ease and their flavor.Many home cooks’ palates have reached lofty levels of sophistication, but the amount of time and energy available for cooking has plummeted. With that in mind, Rick Rodgers has come up with a brilliant solution.In his most comprehensive book to date, Rodgers replaces stress and fuss with creativity and ease. While Rodgers has included numerous quick ideas in this collection, he believes “slow food” has a place in the kitchen of the busiest home cook, so many of his selections simmer and roast at a leisurely pace while the cook does something else—or nothing at all. Written in Rodgers’s appealingly irreverent style, each of the 150 recipes in The Carefree Cook draws dazzling flavor from just a handful of ingredients. What’s for dinner? Rodgers has compiled an enticing array of entrées, including meat, fish, chicken, pasta, and vegetarian dishes: Pork Tenderloin with Lime Butter Sauce, Halibut with Herbed Oil, Grilled Five-Spice Chicken, Bucatini Carbonara with Zucchini, and Santa Fe Corn Pudding, to name just a few. Soups, salads, and hot and hearty main-dish sandwiches (Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Carrot Slaw with Miso Vinaigrette, Bistro Skirt Steak Sandwich) can be mixed and matched for satisfying suppers.

To make life even easier he supplies what he calls “bonus recipes.” These are based on making larger quantities of a dish that can serve as the basis for future meals. Thus a meat stew can turn up as a pasta sauce later in the week with the addition of crushed tomatoes and some extra simmering, or a large roast chicken can be the basis of a chicken casserole the following night. He also provides the easiest and best recipes for sweets he has collected over the years, including Rocky Road Chocolate Cake, “Faux” Peach Tarte Tatin, and Banana Streusel Coffee Cake. Every recipe is conveyed in the realistic, detailed format that has won Rodgers so many fans.A down-to-earth approach to fine cooking, The Carefree Cook will give even the most inexperienced novice in the kitchen the confidence to cook well and have a good time doing it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 209.8 x 235.7 x 32.5mm | 1,292.75g
  • English
  • 0767914635
  • 9780767914635

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“Educator, author, chef, friend–Rick Rodgers has mastered each. The Carefree Cook deliciously illustrates his commitment to the home cook. From delightfully elegant gourmet dishes to backyard American favorites, Rick has created user-friendly recipes that beg to be made and devoured by family and friends.”
--Martin Yan, cookbook author and host of public television’s “Yan Can Cook”

“So you don’t know what to cook for dinner. Rick Rogers does. This engaging culinary pro will walk you through 150 recipes that you’ll really want to make, whether it’s a slam bam supper or a Saturday night soirée.”
--Pam Anderson, food columnist, USA Weekend, and author of How to Cook Without a Book

“Rick Rodgers immediately puts the cook at ease–explaining each detail and guiding you through the recipes. This book is filled with Rick’s legendary knowledge and passion for cooking. The Carefree Cook is a must for anyone who even thinks about cooking!”
--Jeffrey Nathan, chef, public television personality, and cookbook author

“Rick Rodgers, ‘America’s Cooking Instructor,’ has written another wonderful cookbook that helps families create delicious meals with ease. Every family needs this book, which allows cooks to spend more time with loved ones and less time in the kitchen.”
--Art Smith, author of Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family

“Rick Rodgers is a man who knows how to cook a great tasting meal without a lot of fussing around in the kitchen. He may be a carefree cook, but it is obvious that he cares about good cooking!”
--Patti LaBelle

“This is an irresistible collection of recipes that will make you want to get into the kitchen and cook, cook, cook.”
--Marie Simmons, author of Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day
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About Rick Rodgers

Popular cooking instructor RICK RODGERS has written more than twenty books, including Thanksgiving 101, Christmas 101, and Barbecues 101. His previous book, Kaffeehaus, was nominated for an IACP cookbook award. Winner of Bon Appétit’s Outstanding Cooking Teacher of the Year Award and a frequent guest on radio and television, he lives in the New York City area.
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