The Desperate Housewives Cookbook: Juicy Dishes and Saucy Bits
Christopher Styler & Scott S. Tobis
Hyperion, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
nyone who has watched television – or for that matter, breathes – has heard of the show,
The Desperate Housewives
. I have in front of me
The Desperate Housewives Cookbook
. Okay, I thought, how good can this be? Their schtick is being actresses not cooks. However, the over 125 recipes in this really beautiful cookbook are the ones that would be used to cook the foods that these housewives and their friends and neighbors cook and eat on the show.
ake Bree Van De Kamp, for instance. She has programmed her state of the art kitchen to produce state of the art foods. Start with her
Basil Puree Soup
. Her menu might then include
Salad of Boston Lettuce and Chili-Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Oranges
Poached Turkey Tonnato
could follow. The
Fallen Apple Souffle Cake
uses egg whites to give the right texture. Her
Rocky Road Sweet Potatoes
sound perfect for a Thanksgiving table along with
Ginger-Spiked Baby Carrots
. I'd sit at her table any time.
e move on to Susan who does not have Bree's culinary flair. Although how could she go wrong with
Roasted Peppers and Fresh Mozzarella Topped with Arugula Salad
Pasta with Light Tomato Sauce
can't be too hard - though I guess anyone who can burn and undercook
Macaroni and Cheese
can ruin just about anything else. Gabrielle, who hates to cook and bamboozles someone else to do it for her, has mostly Spanish tinged recipes that seem easy to prepare, and good to boot. Lynette goes for the quick foods, ones that don't demand a lot of time or attention to detail. Edie, the flirt, uses food as an aphrodisiac – seems to work for her.
owever - or whatever - food is presented in this delicious new cookbook, the recipes are tempting, innovative – who ever heard of baked asparagus, for Pete's sake? – and delicious. Some neighbors on Wisteria Lane have also submitted recipes for your perusal. Treat a fan of
to their cookbook. A smart move.
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