Rocco’s Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday Reviews

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  1. cookswithbooks on said:
    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    real life real easy, November 8, 2007
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    cookswithbooks (long island, new york) –

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    This review is from: Rocco’s Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday (Paperback)

    Ok this time he did it! If you liked any of his last books or even if you didn’t you’ll really love this one. Its got everything a cookbook lover could ask for; quick and easy 10 ingredient recipes with big flavor (I particularly love the shrimp parm on pg. 168, took about 15 mins to make), great photos, a tool bar (with actual diagrams of the cooking equipment required), shopping lists, a full “perfect” pantry list, how to pictures and he very astutely divided the book up by protein like beef, chicken, pork, tuna and shrimp, etc.. I don’t know about you but that’s how I cook. There are even wine pairings for EVERY dish!! A real tour de force. Bless you Rocco.

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  2. magnolia on said:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    best seller for a reason…, November 13, 2007
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    This review is from: Rocco’s Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday (Paperback)

    With 175 recipes, Rocco’s fourth book is humbly brilliant. Though Flavor holds a high spot in cookbook collection, this book is user friendly, and easy to get what you want…as you want it. The chapters have been thoughtfully broken down into sections that will help you take what you might make for dinner (or lunch) already… like chicken, salmon, pork, etc. and take it to another level, with more deliciousness than you knew you could do in as little time as most the recipes take. It’s empowering to see that you can make restaurant quality tastes and flavors at home without hours of prep work or ingredients you have never heard of. There are even side notes about what pan to use, and the ingredients are split into fresh, prepared, and staple items. What more could a home cook ask for, really?
    Favorites? … easy to use, realistically written, and the wine and food pairing section is great. even though dinner didn’t take hours to prepare doesn’t mean you can’t have a perfectly paired (and affordable) wine, too. The fig and arugula salad is my current fall favorite, but I’m substituting fresh seckle pears as suggested… a great casual Nov. dinner with the chicken. I’m partial to all the shrimp recipes, but also find myself drawn to the “reserve recipes” which take a little longer…perfect for weekends in with family, alone, or for guests.
    The quotes throughout the book are touching and ring true to many, even those who feel cooking is some foreign untouchable subject. They add a personal feel, and show how much love Rocco really has for the food he makes, shares, and writes about for others.
    Such a great book… a great buy or gift for yourself, those you love, and even those you don’t… Well done Rocco!

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  3. 18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book, November 28, 2007
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    WDS (NYC) –

    This review is from: Rocco’s Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday (Paperback)

    I stumbled upon the culinary genius of Rocco Di Spirito at his NYC eatery, Union Pacific, it was one of the best meals i ever had. Love him or hate him, nobody can deny that Rocco is truly gifted in the kitchen.

    Rocco’s first book was full of incrediblely creative and involved recipes with hard to find ingredients. His book was truly a reflection of his creativity and served as a great way for me to flex my culinary muscles. However I rarely used it because it was hard to find the ingredients and the recipes took my novice hands hours to complete.

    This book on the other hand is easy to use but still has great recipes that are creative and fun. Many of the meals are under 15 minutes to prepare. To sum it up best, this book takes everday cooking and keeps it quick and easy to do but removes the mundane aspect of everyday cooking.

    I was looking for a great cookbook that has unique recipes that wouldnt take hours to complete. This book delivers. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because i havent tried all the recipes yet. This will likely be my go to book for weekday cooking. (I never write reviews but i have to support this effort, its just what ive been looking for in a cook book)

    Great job overall and worth the investment.

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