Cookbook Review: The Chopped Cookbook

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This is my first time reviewing a cookbook, and I am so excited! My husband and I love watching the Food Network show, "Chopped." The basic gist of it is a trio of talented chefs are presented with a "mystery basket" of ingredients. From the onset, they seem like a horrible hodge-podge of clashing flavors and the chefs are tasked with the challenge to make something delicious using all of them. Cotton candy and kale, sausage and strawberries, eggs and carrots. Somehow, by the end of the show, delectable dishes are presented to the judges and a winner is chosen. 

While the ingredient combinations in The Chopped Cookbook are not quite extreme, the premise of the book is the same: "use what you've got to cook something great." My husband and I have often marveled at how the culinary masters are able to combine such extreme flavors and ingredients, this book is like the magician's cheat sheet! In the opening pages, the Chopped pantry is explained. It lays out a formula for truly creating amazing meals with what you probably have on hand. 

It seems that the trendy thing now is to have step by step photos to accompany every recipe. If that's your thing, this cookbook isn't for you. But if you like photos of food that will make your mouth water, photos so beautiful that you can almost smell what's cooking, then this is definitely a book you should buy! I know what a cracked egg in a dish looks like, I don't need extra pages for silly things like that. This cookbook is absolutely chock full of the things that matter most: delicious food and beautiful photos. A few of the sections are pasta night, chickens gone wild, eggs after breakfast and big salads. My favorite section is called, "completely fun ways to cook vegetables." I started going through, marking recipes to try but decided quickly that was silly-- I want to make everything. This is quickly becoming my favorite, go-to recipe book for weeknight meals and fun date night fixin's!

Though I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purposes of this review, the opinions are my own. 
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