Title: At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes
Price: $32.00
Pages: 320
Availability: Major book retailers

The goods:

Lynn Crawford is a celebrity chef, Food Network Star (Pitchin’ In, Restaurant Makeover, Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters), and a restaurateur. Known for her love of fresh ingredients and adventure, Chef Lynn is as comfortable in the kitchen at her popular Toronto eatery Ruby Watchco, as she is fishing for chinook salmon off the coast of Vancouver.

Chef Lynn is a veteran in the industry, with over 25 years of experience. At Ruby Watchco, all meals are served table d’hôte—fixed menu at a fixed price, served family style.

Each week, the menu is posted outside the restaurant (and on the website) allowing diners to choose an evening that best suits their palate. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients from local purveyors, non­fussy preparations and a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes emulates the feeling of the restaurant and the laid­back personality of Chef Lynn. Perfect for at­home entertaining, the recipes are fun, no pressure, and easy to follow.

The book’s jacket speaks to Chef Lynn’s inspiration behind the book. She was influenced by the people that she has known, places she has visited and the food she as enjoyed with her loved ones.

The recipes range from smoothies to cocktails, brunch favourites, salads, leisurely lunch dishes, party nibbles and one­pot comfort foods. This book is all about crowd­pleasing home cooking.

Selected recipes & chapters include:

Bananas Foster Pancakes with Caramel Sauce.
Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna,
Rib Roast with Horseradish Salt Crust,
Heirloom Carrots with Honey Thyme Butter
Sparkling Pineapple Orange Sangria
Blueberry Buckle
Hazelnut Pear Tart

This book has a good range of recipes, all fairly simple that use ingredients you can find easily at your local market. There is nothing worse than scrambling to find some exotic ingredient the day of your dinner party.

What I liked best were the brunch recipes—fresh juices and smoothies, homemade granolas, jams, jellies, spreads, infused honeys and butters add a special twist your brunch standards.
There are a number of straightforward baking recipes, easy enough to entice even the most novice of baker (like myself) and some fun and inventive ways to prepare eggs.

At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes has basic recipes to appease any dinner guest, with just enough ethnic influence to entice interest. A chapter on one-pot comfort foods takes the stress out of preparation and for the party inexperienced— classics like devilled eggs and dips. The desserts are uncomplicated as well (I am making the Cheesecake in a Jar tonight!)

Bonus: Besides the infused honeys and preserves, Chef Lynn shares some of her recipes for rubs and flavoured salts, all of which make fun hostess gifts or party favours. There’s also a recipe for “Ninja Dog Treats” for your canine friends.

This book is meant for:

People that love to entertain at home, and prefer non-­fussy, family-style fare, anyone who wants a really well-rounded cookbook that they will actually use, and fan’s of Chef Lynn or Ruby Watchco.

JenJennifer Myers Chua is an art director, Asian-food enthusiast, and all-around creative type. Obsessed with culinary pursuits and whitespace, Jennifer spends her days working as a freelance designer and contributing blogger. She spends her nights deconstructing recipes in her mostly all-white loft with her mostly all-white French bulldog. You can check out more of what she does at www.jennifermyerschua.com.


Giveaway information:

All you have to do is send an email to Giveaways@foodnetwork.ca with the subject line ‘Lynn Crawford Cookbook Giveaway’, the answer to the following question:

Question: How many seasons of Pitchin’ In have aired on Food Network Canada?

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