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Title: Chef Michael Smith’s ‘Fast Flavours’

Price: $32 CDN

Availability: Major bookstores and retailers


The book:

Look, we know that with everything you do all day (working, taking care of the kids, commuting, etc.) cooking a full, homemade meal at the end of a long day seems next to impossible. Seriously, we get it.


What makes it even more difficult is the fact that so many recipes claim to be “quick and easy” when in reality, they are anything but. What gives?


Thankfully, Chef Michael Smith’s new cookbook, Fast Flavours, features 110 recipes that are actually fast (and full of flavour, hence the title). You’ll actually want – and have the time – to make these recipes.


Two things make this cookbook different from the rest.


First, Michael Smith’s pan rushed recipes are about to make your life a whole lot easier. Pan rushing is a two-step method that restaurant cooks use to save some time. First, you sear meat in order to build caramelized flavour, and then you add moisture with sauce ingredients and seal it tightly with a lid. Fast. Simple. Easy.


Secondly, Fast Flavours features 4 speed recipes. This means that the dishes come with four different recipes: fast, slow, pressure cooker speedy and slow cooker slow. You get to choose how to prepare everything, depending on how much time you have. Amazing, right?


Featuring hearty dishes, yummy desserts and even some irresistible cocktails, this is definitely an all-in-one cookbook. You’ll also love the gorgeous photos that accompany each recipe. What a great way to get inspired!


Final Analysis:

You may like it if:

  • You like simple, hassle-free food
  • You want options when deciding on what to make

You may not like it if:

  • You prefer more complex recipes
  • You like to spice things up rather than stick to comfort food


We have two copies Fast Flavours to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance to win, email giveaways@foodnetwork.ca with the answer to the following question:

What are the 4 different recipe speeds featured in Fast Flavours?