I hope that everyone has a HAPPY THANKSGIVING tomorrow! Be sure to remember to be thankful for everything – and remember that it’s all about the journey – not the destination.
Today’s Wednesday “Cookbook Corner” is…
“Inside The Test Kitchen” By: Tyler Florence
Let me first start off by saying that I feel like I’ve watched this book become a reality – and I’ve loved every minute of it. Since I’m writing a cookbook of my own, I’ve really taken what I’ve seen and learned from Tyler’s process, and applied it to my own.
How did I get a “sneak peek” of Tyler’s latest creation?! I simply followed him on Instagram and he posted pictures of his new recipes, tests, etc. along the way! (You can follow him here – http://instagram.com/tylerflorence)
I have to say though, that I LOVE this cookbook! It’s 120 “new recipes” that have been perfected – this is what it also reads on the cover.
The book is hardback bound with a black “bungee” cord that holds the book closed, or marks one of your favorite spots in the book. It reminds me of a professional notebook – type book… and I love it!
The book also features Tyler’s own “tips and tricks” throughout the book – in his own handwriting, which I really appreciate. It adds a nice “personal” touch to the book…
It’s divided into 13 different sections…
Barbecue, Burgers and Meatloaf, Cheese / Fresh Cheese and Cheesecake, Chicken and Turkey, Eggs and Souffles, The Five-In-One Baking Mix, Pasta, Pork Chops, Pork / Larger Cuts, Pork Tacos, Potatoes, Risotto and Sides / Vegetables.
My favorite chapter – without a doubt – is the “Potato” chapter (page 187). There are only four recipes in this chapter – but those four recipes are AMAZING!
“French Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli” (page 189)
“Extra Potato-y Mashed Potatoes” (page 192)
“Marge’s Potato Salad” (page 194)
“Garlic – Herb Potato Chips” (page 197)
Now – let me talk a minute about the “Extra Potato-y Mashed Potatoes” (page 192). Tyler doesn’t use water to boil the potatoes – he uses cream and butter… yes… cream and butter in place of the water. How GENIUS is this!? I have it marked, and can’t wait to try it. Actually – I would be making them for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving – except I already have several requests for a different type of potato…
Honestly – I think the book is worth purchasing just for page 192… 😉
And I can’t WAIT to try his chapter on “Risotto”. I’ve wanted to make risotto for ages – and will use one of his recipes first to get started.
Also marked to try is his “Extra-Light Cornbread” (page 248) – I’ll try it WITHOUT the bacon though…
Also Tyler’s “Fronion Rings” (page 252) is marked to try – looks and sounds amazing! What are “Fronion Rings”? Both an onion ring AND a french fry… I know – heaven right!?
I also appreciated his section on “Fronion Ring FAILS” (page 250) which shows his failed attempts at trying to create this new recipe.
Also interesting is his “Egg Roll Omelet” (page 94) which takes the concept of omelets – and ROLLS THEM UP…yes – rolls them up like a jellyroll, and then cut to serve. Again…genius! AND how perfect for entertaining would THAT be!?
Before I wrap up this review, I have to say I LOVED the “Five-In-One Baking Mix” that’s included (page 111) and works for muffins, pancakes, waffles, cakes AND cookies… I have already made the dry mix – it’s sitting in my cabinet…so I will be trying this SOON. How can you make FIVE totally different sweet things from ONE “basic” mix? This is HOW and I’m so excited to try it!
All in all, I LOVE this book, and have several recipes marked to try.
It was really special to me that I got to watch this book being “born”. It was first thought out and posted about by Tyler Florence over a year ago…and now I’m holding the finished book in my hands. So great!
To learn more about Tyler Florence, please click here…
To buy “Inside The Test Kitchen”, please click here…
The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.