The hosts of the popular cooking show The Chew have compiled a cookbook of their favorite and most-requested recipes from the show in this new paperback. The scope of recipes is quite varied, and recipes are easy to follow and clearly written with varying degrees of difficulty and complexity. Photos of the recipes are nicely done, in full color, but unfortunately most of the photos are actually of the hosts of The Chew. Photos of the hosts grinning, eating, talking, goofing off—all very friendly and fun, but it seems like an extended advertisement for the show, with some recipes thrown in. Rather like watching it, I suppose—but not what you desire in a cookbook. Recipes in the chapter “Back to Basics” seem rather beyond “basic”—including such dishes as Slow-roasted Salmon with Avocado Salad and Chicken Paillard with Grilled Pineapple Salsa. “Comfort Classics”, “Family Favorites’”, “Old Faves, New Flaves,” and ‘Guilty Pleasures’ round out the book. You will enjoy the different twists on familiar recipes, such as Italian Biscuits and Gravy, using a flatbread instead of biscuits. If you are a The Chew fan, you will enjoy this; otherwise, grab the recipes from the website.

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