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The Breakaway Cook: Recipes That Break Away from the Ordinary

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Fusion cooking broke the rules first––now Gower's breaking fusion's rules with The Breakway Cook. Despite the explosion of farmers' markets, ethnic grocers, and creative restaurants in America, lots of home cooks remain puzzled by the bewildering array of choices, and don't have the confidence to break away from tradition. Eric helps home cooks everywhere approach unfamili ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by William Morrow Cookbooks
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lisa church
Sep 22, 2007 lisa church rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to cook
Shelves: cookbooks
this is a fantastic way of looking at cooking. thinking a little differently, trying some new ways of cooking the things you have always cooked plus learning some new dishes.
I love the idea behind this book, but didn't particularly care for the tone of the writing; and I while I believe the recipes seem fairly straightforward and probably tasty, I am not convinced the ingredients are ones that I would regularly reach for myself. And as always: needs more photos!
This is my favorite new cookbook of the year. Eric Gower's approach is to keep a well-stocked pantry of "global flavor bursts" -- ingredients like flavored salts, pomegranate molasses, miso paste, maccha powder -- that are easy to use and bring tremendous flavor and style to simple dishes. Try sprinkling a nice ripe tomato with lavender-infused sea salt, or adding tangy Greek yogurt to an herby dish of scrambled eggs and you'll see immediately. This is inventive, flexible cooking that is accessi ...more
Deno Marcum
This is a beautiful book for the upscale home cook. I also believe Eric Gower is on to something here with his quick and easy style of cooking termed "Breakaway Cooking" which incorporates the use flavor packed ingredients he calls "Flavor Blasts". And no other cookbook author in my collection has formed such a clear opinion of salt as Eric does in his introductory essay on the subject. This is one of my favorite cookbooks for fresh and simple cooking ideas. I look forward to fresh new books by ...more
This book and the author's other book The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen, are my favorites when i am craving unique food with an Asian flair. Gower does an excellent job with very creative recipes that are simple to make and taste great. I have made the matcha salt, matcha truffles, and the poached eggs and the edamame shiso salad all out of this book and all posted on my blog: (Just search for Eric Gower in the search feature there for a closer look).
Sep 14, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a kitchen
Recommended to Stephanie by: Eric Gower
In his 2nd book Eric Gower presents "global flavors" in easy to cook, amazingly flavorful recipes. More than just a cookbook, Breakaway is a STYLE of cooking which promotes eating fresh and flavorful food. A truly INSPIRING food reference book.
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