Back to Basics

Back to Basics

100 Simple Classic Recipes With A Twist

Book - 2013
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Michael Smith goes back to basics with a twist!

Michael Smith has been passionate about cooking simple, great-tasting food since his mom first introduced him to cooking at an early age. Since then, Michael has become one of Canada's most successful cookbook writers and a hugely popular celebrity chef on Food Network Canada. But, never far from his own home kitchen, it's the time-tested basic recipes that he regularly cooks for his family. In Back to Basics , Michael shares 100 sure-fire classic recipes, tips, and cooking techniques. And, in every recipe he shows how easy it is to add a twist or two to your cooking.

Chock full of mouth-watering photography to inspire, Back to Basics is Michael's simple approach to cooking basics that he wants to share with every home cook. Once you understand the basics behind a recipe, you can then stir your personality into your cooking. You'll see how easy it is to impress family and friends in your own kitchen. And, once you know the basic rules, you can break them. You'll never get stuck making a dish just one way!

Inside, you'll find Michael's favorite classic recipes like Crispy Crusty Chicken Strips with Global Dips, Beef Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust, Bacon Roast Pork Tenderloin, Tomato Basil Crusted Whitefish, Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Sage Butternut Squash Sauce, and Bacon & Blue Cheese Risotto. And, no meal is complete without dessert, so try making classic sweet treats like Pumpkin Pie Tarts, Apple Cinnamon Fritters and Peanut Butter Brownies.

Michael's passionate commitment to cooking simple classic recipes will inspire and guide you as you impress yourself in your own kitchen. Enjoy!

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Penguin Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9780143184102
Branch Call Number: 641.5 SMI
Characteristics: xi, 255 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Szulc, Ryan - Illustrator

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ksoles Jan 03, 2014

Just a year after publishing "Fast Flavours," the eminently likeable celebrity chef Michael Smith has returned with a new book that sings his familiar refrain: feel free to, in fact, please DO experiment with the recipes. Smith splits "Back to Basics" into 8 sections such as salads, meats, vegetarian and baking/treats and includes standard fare like roast chicken, mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. Intermediate and advanced cooks may find the recipes too simple but students and newer kitchen denizens will find clear, easy to follow instructions on creating several well-rounded menus.

Each recipe includes a "twist" inside a boxed paragraph. These twists offer suggestions for different ingredients/flavourings or even different cooking methods and add a new dimension to the food for those who master the original recipes and want to try a change. Ultimately, the twists turn a basic book of recipes into an introduction on how take your cooking to the next level.

With its beautiful full page photos, this solid recipe book recommends itself easily. Both the newer cooks and the more experienced can fill their kitchens with wonderful food following Smith's loose yet expert guidelines.

debwalker Sep 12, 2013

More inspiring everyday recipes from our Michael.

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