This post contains the following:
A Savvima review of Chic Made Simple by Esther Deutsch.
A Savvima giveaway of Chic Made Simple by Esther Deutsch
Chic Made Simple is the creation of Ami food columnist Esther Deutsch. It features both new and previously published recipes with an emphasis on food styling. So much of the food experience is visual and this cookbook features food that’s easy to prepare, always delicious, and presented impressively. Most of the recipes call for a short list of basic ingredients.
With Esther’s food styling inspiration you will learn the secrets of how to dress up a plate of simple food. Such as Fruit Tartare – a simple fruit salad transformed by layering the fruit into a mold according to color: Simple to prepare, but with a flare!
Another idea is the Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips. Esther uses these chips as a garnish to Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse but I’m sure this salty/sweet garnish will work with ice cream, pudding or sorbet too.
Here is a rundown of the recipes I tried:
Purple cabbage and Yellow Bell Pepper Slaw – There are many variations of sweet cabbage salad. What makes this one stand out is the bold purple and yellow color contrast with black sesame seeds for garnish and crunch. Oh, and it tastes great too.
Cranberry Blueberry Orange Chicken – The unique flavors of this recipe and its ultra simple preparation yield an impressive dish.
Pretzel-Crusted Lemon Lime Pie – I’ve been making this lemon pie for years with a simple graham cracker crust (see it posted here). The addition of the sweet and salty pretzel crust works well with the tart lemon flavor and is a nice update to the recipe.
There are plenty of recipes I hope to try soon:
Tongue Polonaise- Here’s a dish I would reserve for Yom Tov. Esther prepares tongue as an appetizer instead of a main (a smart way to keep the cost down) and she also heads to the deli counter for sliced tongue (instead of boiling, peeling, and slicing the tongue at home).
Mini Mushroom Beef sliders – Low in carbs, high on visual appeal, these sliders feature Mushroom cap “buns.”
Roasted Corn and Sausage Soup – this hearty soup is bookmarked for a chilly weeknight dinner.
Coconut Tilapia with Apricot Dipping Sauce – Skewered mini strips of tilapia are coated in a coconut breading and then fried. This would work well as a dinner party appetizer.
Chic Made Simple by Esther Deutsch features 185 recipes accompanied by over 200 photos. It is available at Amazon or Feldheim.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Chic Made Simple please leave a comment on this post with a tip on how to “impress while doing less.”
Leave a comment before January 1, 2013.
One comment will be randomly selected as a winner!