Once upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes

Chronicle. Apr. 2018. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9781452156187. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452156224. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarFormer chef Segal left the rigors of restaurant kitchens to be a stay-at-home mom. Here, she turns her popular blog into a polished cookbook filled with elegant yet doable recipes and useful pro tips. Effortless appetizers (herbed cottage cheese spread) and crowd-pleasing mains (smoky barbecued chicken breasts with sweet & tangy barbecue sauce) join a wide selection of sides, breads, drinks, and desserts. Reflecting Segal's professional training and international audience, recipes include precise instructions with dual measurements (metric/U.S. standard) and temperatures (Fahrenheit/Celsius). More than 350 recipe testers, whose favorites get a "recipe tester favorite" stamp of approval, are acknowledged.
VERDICT A treat for lovers of approachable recipes that incorporate professional techniques.
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