The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy {Holiday Gift Guide +Giveaway}

The title of this one's pretty self-explanatory, literally. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to meals, especially non-dinner meals. When it comes time to entertain or impress someone with a fancy layout, I reach for the takeout menu or frozen food isle.

  Now, with The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy, fancy meals are within my grasp! The Lazy Gourmet, by Robin Donovan & Juliana Gallin, compiles a huge range of easier-to-do recipes, a list of ingredients to have handy, tips for the cooking newbie, and tools of the trade. Aside from actually buying the groceries and cooking them, The Lazy Gourmet does all the work for you!

"The Lazy Gourmet is for anyone who dreams of dazzling friends and loved ones with fabulous home-cooked fare, especially cooks short on time, patience, skill or experience. Authors and food bloggers Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin 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 picky palates and little cooking experience, they have created this collection of more than 125 easy recipes. Elegant, party-worthy dishes like Orange-Spiced Pecans, Basil Leaf and Goat Cheese Wraps, Pistachio-Crusted Leg of Lamb, Seared Sea Scallops with Mint and Pea Puree, and Lazy Chocolate “Mousse” all rely on readily available ingredients, common kitchen appliances and basic techniques. With these deceptively simple yet surprisingly delicious and sophisticated dishes that are certain to impress."

  I love that this book has a recipe for everyone's skill level and taste. Everything from Crispy Baked Rosemary Potatoes to Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad is represented here. One of my personal favorites from browsing through so many delicious recipes is the Herbed Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Apples and Almonds. Yum!

Another plus: the "Tips for Rookie Cooks and Lazy Gourmets" section in the beginning of the book is so very helpful! It encourages a no-stress approach to cooking, including not stressing over ingredients and quantities (unless you're baking.) If you only have two dried herbs out of four, just use the two and improvise! Only have cauliflower when the recipe calls for broccoli? No problem! Easy peasy.

You can purchase a copy for each foodie on your Christmas gift list on Amazon!

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