About the Book
If you’ve ever looked into your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, let The Chopped Cookbook help you shake up weeknight dinners. Just as each basket on Chopped has many tasty possibilities, so, too, do the contents of your refrigerator. By showing you how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes—including go-to guides for making salad dressings and pan sauces, four-ingredient market baskets that can go in many tasty directions, and ideas for ways to reinvent pasta dinners—the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night. (Goodreads)
I have always enjoyed the show Chopped because I always thought it brought out a lot of creativity. Cooking is fun and should be creative and different in my opinion. I try to make different dishes to give us some variety, but we also stick to our usual basics as well. I think the thing that I struggle with when it comes to cooking and cookbooks is I can't get the ingredients listed or I can't afford to spend that much for one meal.
I figured this book would have a lot of fancy ingredients but it really doesn't. Most of the meals are made with basics just thrown together in ways I never would have thought. The skillet spaghetti casserole on page 66-great idea but I never would have thought about making it! At the beginning of the book is a "what I should have in my pantry list". This idea is in a lot of cookbooks but I like this one the most because it's the basics! Flour, sugar, butter, basil, milk, eggs, etc. It makes sense because it's what people do actually have in their pantry already. I also love pages 114-115 Getting Good Vegetables, this is a list of what to look for, how to store, and what type of vitamin is in the veggie. This can be really helpful when looking for something you don't often buy. Also, one last favorite part is on page 166-how to make your own vinaigrette and dressings. I love how easy it is to follow and simple ingredients.
That all being said, this book is really nothing like the show, it's just like any other cookbook just set up a bit differently. A few of the recipes I didn't like the set up because it was all in one big paragraph, the ingredient list wasn't there it was just thrown in with the recipe. This isn't a huge deal but I like having things separate when cooking.
I am a fan of food and this is a great book.
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."