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Through 150 decadent and smart recipes, the Food Network icon explores how the relationships with her family have shaped her as a chef and home cook. "Each recipe overflows with love and purpose, technique and soul, and, most of all, genuine joy for nourishing the people in your life who matter most."--Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host, and author of Bringing it Home Growin Through 150 decadent and smart recipes, the Food Network icon explores how the relationships with her family have shaped her as a chef and home cook. "Each recipe overflows with love and purpose, technique and soul, and, most of all, genuine joy for nourishing the people in your life who matter most."--Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host, and author of Bringing it Home Growing up with a legendary cookbook-editor mother and a food-obsessed father, Alex Guarnaschelli has always loved to cook. Now, with a daughter of her own, food and cooking mean even more to Alex--they are a way for her to share memories, such as shopping in Little Italy with her father for cured meats and aged cheeses, and tasting the recipes her mom would make from the cookbooks of the iconic authors she worked with. And, more than anything, cooking is what Alex and her daughter, Ava, most love to do together. In Cook with Me, Alex revives the recipes she grew up with, such as her mom's chicken with barbecue sauce and her dad's steamed pork dumplings, offers recipes for foods that she wishes she grew up with, such as comforting and cheesy baked ziti, and details dishes new to her repertoire, including sheet pan pork chops with spicy Brussels sprouts and a roasted sweet potato salad with honey and toasted pumpkin seeds. From meatballs two ways (are you a Godfather or a Goodfellas person?) to the blueberry crumble her mom made every summer, Alex shares recipes and insights that can come only from generations of collective experience. These recipes reflect the power that food has to bring people together and is a testament to the importance of sustaining traditions and creating new ones.


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Through 150 decadent and smart recipes, the Food Network icon explores how the relationships with her family have shaped her as a chef and home cook. "Each recipe overflows with love and purpose, technique and soul, and, most of all, genuine joy for nourishing the people in your life who matter most."--Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host, and author of Bringing it Home Growin Through 150 decadent and smart recipes, the Food Network icon explores how the relationships with her family have shaped her as a chef and home cook. "Each recipe overflows with love and purpose, technique and soul, and, most of all, genuine joy for nourishing the people in your life who matter most."--Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host, and author of Bringing it Home Growing up with a legendary cookbook-editor mother and a food-obsessed father, Alex Guarnaschelli has always loved to cook. Now, with a daughter of her own, food and cooking mean even more to Alex--they are a way for her to share memories, such as shopping in Little Italy with her father for cured meats and aged cheeses, and tasting the recipes her mom would make from the cookbooks of the iconic authors she worked with. And, more than anything, cooking is what Alex and her daughter, Ava, most love to do together. In Cook with Me, Alex revives the recipes she grew up with, such as her mom's chicken with barbecue sauce and her dad's steamed pork dumplings, offers recipes for foods that she wishes she grew up with, such as comforting and cheesy baked ziti, and details dishes new to her repertoire, including sheet pan pork chops with spicy Brussels sprouts and a roasted sweet potato salad with honey and toasted pumpkin seeds. From meatballs two ways (are you a Godfather or a Goodfellas person?) to the blueberry crumble her mom made every summer, Alex shares recipes and insights that can come only from generations of collective experience. These recipes reflect the power that food has to bring people together and is a testament to the importance of sustaining traditions and creating new ones.

30 review for Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook: A Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Cook with Me by Alex Guarnaschelli is a great new cookbook filled with tasty, delicious recipes that should appeal to most everyone. This is casual, everyday food but better. Many recipes are your classic, tried-and-true dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, quiche Lorraine, roast chicken, and Cobb salad, but with just a little extra something that improves them to perfection. The book is broken down into eighteen different sections. Some of the more unique sections include Making Your Slow Co Cook with Me by Alex Guarnaschelli is a great new cookbook filled with tasty, delicious recipes that should appeal to most everyone. This is casual, everyday food but better. Many recipes are your classic, tried-and-true dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, quiche Lorraine, roast chicken, and Cobb salad, but with just a little extra something that improves them to perfection. The book is broken down into eighteen different sections. Some of the more unique sections include Making Your Slow Cooker Work For You, One & Done, and The New Meats: Cauliflower, Squash, Broccoli, and Cabbage. There are 150 recipes with several recipes specific to dietary restrictions including gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. Recipes encompass everything including breakfast, snacks and dips, seafood, pasta, meat, salad, soup, desserts and drinks. Virtually none of the recipes involve crazy combinations, are heavily spiced, or require less common, hard-to-find ingredients making these recipes ideal for even the most finicky eaters. My family and I loved the dishes that I made from this book. The only thing this book doesn't have that I would like to have seen is a photo of each finished dish. Photos are used inconsistently with many recipes having no photo at all while others have more than one or just a single photo of one step in the process. Because that finished photo is so important to me, I am rating the book four instead of five stars. I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love Alex Guarnaschelli and was excited to check out her new cookbook. In this one she focuses more on meals that remind her of her family (who were also very into cooking and food) and cooking for her own family now. It's organized like most cookbooks with categories like snacks, one-pan dinners, salads, soups, etc. But I would say there are more categories than just the basics she includes sections like baking for breakfast, cookies, fruit crisps, cocktails & mocktails, etc. Overall, a good I love Alex Guarnaschelli and was excited to check out her new cookbook. In this one she focuses more on meals that remind her of her family (who were also very into cooking and food) and cooking for her own family now. It's organized like most cookbooks with categories like snacks, one-pan dinners, salads, soups, etc. But I would say there are more categories than just the basics she includes sections like baking for breakfast, cookies, fruit crisps, cocktails & mocktails, etc. Overall, a good solid cookbook with lots of variety and nothing that seems to hard or crazy to cook. I didn't find that many recipes I wanted to try, but I did like it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    Approachable recipes. I enjoyed the story woven in with everything.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chantal Lambeth

    Alex Guarnaschelli is a talented and approachable cook. In this book, Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook, she frequently talks through recipes as they relate to her memories. Recipes learned from family members or favorites from her childhood. The intimate connection she ties is one that many people know. Home. I found great comfort in her simple recipes, and the Pork Cutlet recipe has become one of my favorites. Having worked on many cookbooks myself, I have to also note the lovely ima Alex Guarnaschelli is a talented and approachable cook. In this book, Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook, she frequently talks through recipes as they relate to her memories. Recipes learned from family members or favorites from her childhood. The intimate connection she ties is one that many people know. Home. I found great comfort in her simple recipes, and the Pork Cutlet recipe has become one of my favorites. Having worked on many cookbooks myself, I have to also note the lovely images that accompany the recipes. The photographer and stylists did a lovely job of bringing the comfort to each image. Thanks to Clarkson Potter for the free copy of this book in exchange for a free, unbiased review. I look forward to making some of these recipes a staple in my kitchen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♡Ellie

    This cookbook has it ALL! It is amazingly laid out for any craving, or meal of the day! I literally spent a good amount of my first evening with this book gazing through the beautiful photos and reading the recipes (and more!). it’s 150 recipes worth of delicious meals, and good conversations with family and friends. This cookbook is extra unique, it’s not your typical cookbook. The chef Alex, gives us a special insight, and story behind every recipe. It’s so interesting to read in it on its own This cookbook has it ALL! It is amazingly laid out for any craving, or meal of the day! I literally spent a good amount of my first evening with this book gazing through the beautiful photos and reading the recipes (and more!). it’s 150 recipes worth of delicious meals, and good conversations with family and friends. This cookbook is extra unique, it’s not your typical cookbook. The chef Alex, gives us a special insight, and story behind every recipe. It’s so interesting to read in it on its own, but once you start cooking these recipes the stories behind them take on a whole new meaning. The photos are spectacular, and each ones portrays all the beautiful colors of the ingredients in all the dishes. This book has given me more confidence to be in the kitchen, since I don’t consider myself to be a good cook, but the recipes are written and instructed really clearly. Which I appreciate so much! I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves healthy, colorful meals. Delicious desserts, AND even some cocktails/mocktails recipes included! This cookbook is just 100% complete for any kitchen!

  6. 5 out of 5

    A

    Cook With Me by Alex Guarnaschelli I wasn’t sure if I would like this cookbook when I first took a look at it. It has 18 chapters not counting the ones on Tools and Equipment and All - the - Time Ingredients. But then I started cooking from it beginning with simple Grilled Clams. The panko, bacon, fennel all added so much to a dish that I usually just make plain. I was intrigued. The best chapter was The New Meats: Cauliflower, Squash, Broccoli & Cabbage. I started with Eggplant Steaks - which Cook With Me by Alex Guarnaschelli I wasn’t sure if I would like this cookbook when I first took a look at it. It has 18 chapters not counting the ones on Tools and Equipment and All - the - Time Ingredients. But then I started cooking from it beginning with simple Grilled Clams. The panko, bacon, fennel all added so much to a dish that I usually just make plain. I was intrigued. The best chapter was The New Meats: Cauliflower, Squash, Broccoli & Cabbage. I started with Eggplant Steaks - which was easy, delicious and satisfying. Then Broiled Cauliflower Steaks with coconut milk, lemon, dijon mustard and lemon. These recipes made me think that we could do more than Meatless Monday.The dishes were good and substantial. I am glad that Clarkson Potter sent this book to me free for a fair and unbiased review. It gave me some great new recipes to try and use regularly. I don't think I will use this cookbook on a night when I don’t have a lot of time but I will use it when I want to make something different and special.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    Alex Guarnaschelli is one of the best cooks I know... and I know firsthand. Alex has the best food vocabulary in the game, and now those words come to life in her book Cook with Me. I’m placing this one right on my kitchen shelf at home just for the Spatchcocked Chicken and Slow Cooker Brownies alone... destined to become instant classics in anyone’s kitchen, including mine. Bobby Flay There has never been a time when Alex Guarnaschelli has invited me to her home for dinner that I didn’t jump on t Alex Guarnaschelli is one of the best cooks I know... and I know firsthand. Alex has the best food vocabulary in the game, and now those words come to life in her book Cook with Me. I’m placing this one right on my kitchen shelf at home just for the Spatchcocked Chicken and Slow Cooker Brownies alone... destined to become instant classics in anyone’s kitchen, including mine. Bobby Flay There has never been a time when Alex Guarnaschelli has invited me to her home for dinner that I didn’t jump on the opportunity. Her meals are as special as her friendship, and now with this cookbook I don’t have to wait to be on the East coast to enjoy her delicious and inspired dishes. Giada de Laurentiis

  8. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    I loved the anecdotes that preceded each recipe. This book covers all recipes from soup to nuts. I also appreciated the list of cooking tools and ingredients that most kitchens should have. I have tried quite a few of these recipes and all so far have been winners. Can't wait to try some more of them soon. The only nitpick I have with this book is that there are not pictures for all of the recipes. I like to see what a recipe is supposed to look like before I begin. What pictures there are, are I loved the anecdotes that preceded each recipe. This book covers all recipes from soup to nuts. I also appreciated the list of cooking tools and ingredients that most kitchens should have. I have tried quite a few of these recipes and all so far have been winners. Can't wait to try some more of them soon. The only nitpick I have with this book is that there are not pictures for all of the recipes. I like to see what a recipe is supposed to look like before I begin. What pictures there are, are beautiful and mouthwatering. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I love Alex Guarnaschelli from various Food Network programs. She's always seems down to earth and I like her casual and confident way of cooking. So when I saw this advanced copy, I snapped it up! I love her tips and tricks and the origin stories of the recipes, most having to do with her family.There are a whole bunch of things I want to try: Steamed Pork and Rice Pearl Balls Corn Fritters Sage, Thyme, and Melty Gruyere Omelet Exceptional Scrambled Eggs (looks so interesting with the soy sauce a I love Alex Guarnaschelli from various Food Network programs. She's always seems down to earth and I like her casual and confident way of cooking. So when I saw this advanced copy, I snapped it up! I love her tips and tricks and the origin stories of the recipes, most having to do with her family.There are a whole bunch of things I want to try: Steamed Pork and Rice Pearl Balls Corn Fritters Sage, Thyme, and Melty Gruyere Omelet Exceptional Scrambled Eggs (looks so interesting with the soy sauce addition) Roasted Sweet Potato Salad St Louis Ribs ...amongst others. Can't wait to try them! Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for this advanced copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a really good cookbook. It’s conversational in tone, like the chef is cooking alongside you. I loved the backstories and the family vibe. These recipes are casual, and very family friendly. The best chapters are chicken and eggs. Some of the salads are also very good. I was so happy to get the recipe for a cookie that Prince enjoyed. In addition to warm stories, the book is filled with helpful tips and it’s beautifully photographed. There’s no nutritional information here. Also, I though This is a really good cookbook. It’s conversational in tone, like the chef is cooking alongside you. I loved the backstories and the family vibe. These recipes are casual, and very family friendly. The best chapters are chicken and eggs. Some of the salads are also very good. I was so happy to get the recipe for a cookie that Prince enjoyed. In addition to warm stories, the book is filled with helpful tips and it’s beautifully photographed. There’s no nutritional information here. Also, I thought there should be a photo for every recipe, and there’s not. Otherwise, the book is a really useful everyday cookbook.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Alex Guarnaschelli's love of family and cooking is evident throughout this cookbook. She talks about her time as a kid with her parents and the food they ate as well as sharing good food with her daughter. I love the family style recipes as well as some tasty dishes to cook for those you love. I like how the recipes are divided with the snack and dips, one pan dishes, and chicken being my top favorites. Most of the recipes don't have too many ingredients, and they aren't difficult to cook. This Alex Guarnaschelli's love of family and cooking is evident throughout this cookbook. She talks about her time as a kid with her parents and the food they ate as well as sharing good food with her daughter. I love the family style recipes as well as some tasty dishes to cook for those you love. I like how the recipes are divided with the snack and dips, one pan dishes, and chicken being my top favorites. Most of the recipes don't have too many ingredients, and they aren't difficult to cook. This could become many family's favorite book to cook from. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara Brockunier

    While away I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review. Alex Guarnaschelli has long been a favorite of mine on the Food Network. She has always seemed to be very down to earth ... and the recipes in this book reflect that. There are many that I will be cooking ... and I know they will taste awesome. One of my favorite sections was the last section on drinks ... I feel that people look at them as an afterthought... but Alex brings them front and center. While away I received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review. Alex Guarnaschelli has long been a favorite of mine on the Food Network. She has always seemed to be very down to earth ... and the recipes in this book reflect that. There are many that I will be cooking ... and I know they will taste awesome. One of my favorite sections was the last section on drinks ... I feel that people look at them as an afterthought... but Alex brings them front and center. I think most people would enjoy this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I love looking at cookbooks. The first chapter of Alex's book was how she got into cooking and her family background. The recipes are well illustrated and the chapter dealing with a well equipped kitchen is great. A few of the recipes have common ingredients I have in the pantry but many need some plan ahead buying. With each recipe she gives a little insight as to why she choose it for this cookbook. I can think of several friends that probably already have this book and made several of the dis I love looking at cookbooks. The first chapter of Alex's book was how she got into cooking and her family background. The recipes are well illustrated and the chapter dealing with a well equipped kitchen is great. A few of the recipes have common ingredients I have in the pantry but many need some plan ahead buying. With each recipe she gives a little insight as to why she choose it for this cookbook. I can think of several friends that probably already have this book and made several of the dishes. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennica Watson

    The first look through, I was disappointed in this one. Nothing caught my eye and some of it seemed more advanced than the “anyone at home can cook these recipes with me” vibe she put out, I mean the book is actually called “cook with me”. But when I went through again slowly, I actually found several recipes I’m interested in trying, including a few tricky techniques that she’s written to seem somewhat approachable (like spatchcocking a chicken—-ease TBD). Might update this to a 5 star once I g The first look through, I was disappointed in this one. Nothing caught my eye and some of it seemed more advanced than the “anyone at home can cook these recipes with me” vibe she put out, I mean the book is actually called “cook with me”. But when I went through again slowly, I actually found several recipes I’m interested in trying, including a few tricky techniques that she’s written to seem somewhat approachable (like spatchcocking a chicken—-ease TBD). Might update this to a 5 star once I get to trying a few recipes!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I love watching Alex Guarnaschelli on TV and this book is like having her in my kitchen. Then recipes are easy enough for a weeknight meal, but sophisticated enough for company. The photography is beautiful and the tips and write-ups that accompany each recipe are interesting and helpful. I especially like the sheet pan dinner section. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review. I love watching Alex Guarnaschelli on TV and this book is like having her in my kitchen. Then recipes are easy enough for a weeknight meal, but sophisticated enough for company. The photography is beautiful and the tips and write-ups that accompany each recipe are interesting and helpful. I especially like the sheet pan dinner section. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Fish

    I haven’t had as much time to cook from this book as I would like, but I did make her beef and barley soup. It was very tasty, and I’ll have to take this out from the library again to try some more recipes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    Love, love love! I can’t wait to try many of the recipes in this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Warner

    This is Alex at her very best. The recipes are innovative but doable and the stories, as always, were terrific!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    SOOOOO many good recipes to try. I really enjoyed the format with the backstories for each recipe. The book felt like it could be for a beginner all the way up to an expert chef!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I love Chef Guarnaschelli's cookbooks. The recipes are always delicious. I look forward to cooking from this one. The instructions are easy to understand. The pictures show lovely and easy plating. I love Chef Guarnaschelli's cookbooks. The recipes are always delicious. I look forward to cooking from this one. The instructions are easy to understand. The pictures show lovely and easy plating.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    Love Alex Guarnaschelli and her personality came through very well. Delicious recipes but could have been a bit more cohesive/centered.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    So great, I had to buy it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Read it cover to cover and I loved learning more about my favorite chef! She makes the food come alive and her tips and tricks are fantastic! I have a huge list of recipes I can wait to try!

  24. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  25. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Bostian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Butts

  29. 4 out of 5

    sara taylor

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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