Paul Hansen, who was born deaf, has turned his considerable expertise in the culinary field to produce this appealing cookbook for the home cook. The chef has hit just the right tone, delivering recipes that are friendly, presented in an easy-to-read format and with clear instructions, Although there are no photos of the food, he’s chosen an attractive background paper with a subtle food theme that helps the recipes pop.
Of course, a cookbook is all about the recipes, and this one is chock-full of them on its over-sized pages. The chef offers fresh, modern takes on recipes that reflect current food trends, such as “Seared Tuna with Greek Yogurt Sauce” and “Argentinean Chimichurri Sauce for Skirt Steaks.” But he also hasn’t forgotten the popular basics, such as “Granny’s Fried Buttermilk Chicken” and “Awesome Beef Stroganoff.”
Hansen also keeps in mind the needs of busy people, and he doesn’t shy away from a few recipes that take advantage of convenience products, such as his “Tamale Pie” recipe made with Jiffy cornbread mix, and “Broccoli & Cheddar Casserole” made with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. He also suggests accompaniments on some of the recipes, such as “This dish is great served with basmati rice and steamed broccoli. Great with a glass of Pinot Grigio or Riesling wine.”
The cookbook is organized by the usual categories, i.e., appetizer, salads, beef, poultry and so on. There is, however, no chapter on desserts, so bakers will have to look elsewhere.
One small quibble: it would have been helpful to have an index by recipe name to easily find your favorites. No matter, cookbook readers will enjoy perusing the tasty choices. May we suggest that a glass of chardonnay would go well with that?
Also available as an ebook.