Thursday, July 21, 2011
Cookbook Review: Guy Fieri Food
In Guy Fieri Food, he not only shares his arsenal of recipes, but he also writes the narrative of how he became the success he is today. To me, reading about his background and about how he credits his family for making him the success he is today was worth way more than perusing the recipes. I watch Guy's shows on Food Network on a fairly regular basis so the actual recipes themselves weren't really anything new or exciting.Not to mention the fact that the recipes I HAD never seen before seemed like they had endless lists of ingredients. So in terms of the food part of the book, I wasn't hugely impressed.
What I did enjoy, however, was learning more about Guy's background. Even though the design and layout of the book were clearly a reflection of Guy's personality, I could definitely tell that the narrative was written by someone else (Ann Volkwein) with Guy's input. Even still, it was a worthwhile read, and made me appreciate his food background so much more than I had previously. Most people probably look at Guy and think that he's just a pretty boy who can cook on camera. I'm here to tell you that you will respect him so much more, as a business man, as a father, and as a lover of food if you check this book out.
One of my favorite recipes from this book is actually one I've already made from watching his show, Gaucho Steak with 4-Herb Chimichurri. I think Chimichurri is my new favorite thing to pair with steak. The herby, veinegary tang is a great balance to the richness of the steak. I highly recommend you make your own Chimichurri if you've never tried it before!
Guy Fieri Food: More Than 150 Off-the-Hook Recipes with Ann Volkwein
Published: May 2011 by William Morrow Cookbooks
Audience: Food lovers