The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy

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Viva Editions, 2011 - Cooking - 198 pages
The secrets to delighting friends and family with magnificent meals, while avoiding complicated, time-consuming, dish-dirtying culinary labors!The Lazy Gourmet is for anyone who dreams of dazzling guests with fabulous home-cooked fare, but fears that such a feat would require Thomas Keller's talent, Martha Stewart's ingenuity, Gandhi's patience, and Charles Manson's free time. The goal of The Lazy Gourmet is to conquer the misguided belief that preparing an elegant meal requires spending hours-or days-in the kitchen. With the help of an army of volunteer testers-regular people with no culinary training-Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin developed this collection of recipes that can be prepared using readily available ingredients and common kitchen appliances, and without any previous cooking experience or training. With our recipes, anyone can prepare delicious and sophisticated, yet surprisingly simple dishes that will impress fussy in-laws, placate implacable bosses, and seduce sexy strangers through the proven method of knocking their socks off at the dinner table.As the lazy gourmets themselves like to say, "Cooking a great meal can be just as easy as cooking a crappy meal!" So relax! Stop fretting over elaborate recipes and cumbersome techniques and start cooking the Lazy Gourmet way.

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For those out there, do consider this book as a cheat guide for gourmet cooking. Its not wrong. Its possible. A quarter of the book is filled with a lot of cooking tips that are easy to follow for ... Read full review

THE LAZY GOURMET: Magnificent Meals Made Easy

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Recipes for the adventurous home cook looking to take their meal from ordinary to exquisite.Donovan (Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors, 2006) and Gallin have a mantra: "Cooking ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Robin Donovan is the author of Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet. Her articles have appeared in popular publications including Cooking Light, Fitness, The San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Robin knows her way around a kitchen—and has even been known to enjoy devoting hours to creating exceedingly elaborate dishes—but a busy writing schedule and an even busier kid mean she has to rely on quick, simple recipes if she wants keep up appearances with her foodie friends.

When she’s not cooking effortless gourmet feasts, or writing books about how to cook effortless gourmet feasts, Juliana works as a graphic designer and produces several popular speakers' series in San Francisco, including Ask a Scientist, How-To Night, and Comedy Talks.

Robin and Juliana met as college housemates in Santa Cruz, California. An early, ill-fated culinary collaboration—a terribly misguided sauté of nopales (a Mexican cactus)—failed to discourage their friendship or their teamwork in the kitchen. More than twenty years later, both living in the San Francisco Bay Area, they continue to cook and eat together regularly, sharing recipes, ideas, successes and, still, the occasional culinary disaster. Read their food blog at

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