The Lazy Gourmet by Robin Donovan & Juliana Gallin Review

The Lazy Gourmet by Robin Donovan & Juliana Gallin

The Lazy Gourmet by Robin Donovan & Juliana GallinThe Lazy Gourmet Magnificent Meals Made Easy by Robin Donovan & Juliana Gallin is a really good book.

It is for people who don’t know a lot about cooking or just don’t have a lot of expierience with cooking.

There are some wonderful tips in there such as the one about using ice trays to save excess food.

They also list some items they say every cook should have available in the kitchen. And they tell you why!

They also define a lot of cooking terms that many new cooks might not be familiar with…such as choping (cut into bite sized pieces) and dicing(cut into very small cubes).

There are many wonderful recipes in it too. I haven’t managed to try any of them yet, but I have started stocking up my kitchen with some of the items they recommend as well as the ingredients the Caramelized Onion Soup recipe calls for. It sounds like it will be really good…and easy to make too.

From the back cover :

“Food that’s simple, seasonal, fresh and doable.” —Joanne Weir

The Lazy Gourmet
is for anyone who dreams of dazzling friends and loved ones with fabulous home-cooked fare, especially cooks short on time, patience, skill or experience. Authors and food bloggers Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin conquer the misguided belief that preparing an elegant meal requires spending hours—or days—in the kitchen. With the help of an army of volunteer testers, regular people with picky palates and little cooking experience, they have created this collection of more than 125 easy recipes. Elegant, party-worthy dishes like Orange-Spiced Pecans, Basil Leaf and Goat Cheese Wraps, Pistachio-Crusted Leg of Lamb, Seared Sea Scallops with Mint and Pea Puree, and Lazy Chocolate “Mousse” all rely on readily available ingredients, common kitchen appliances and basic techniques. With these deceptively easy recipes and a bevy of useful tips and tricks, The Lazy Gourmet shows that anyone can prepare delightfully simple yet surprisingly delicious and sophisticated dishes that are certain to impress.

About the Authors :

ROBIN DONOVAN is the author of Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet. Her food writing has appeared in Cooking Light, Fitness, The San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications.

Robin Knows her way around a kitchen–and has even been known to devote hours to creatingexceedingly elaborate dishes–but with a busy writing schedule and an even busier kid, she has to rely on aquick, simple recipes if she wants to keep up appearances with her foodie friends.

JULIANA GALLIN is the poster girl for Lazy Gourmets. She loves to delight friends and family with magnificent meals, but always aims to avoid complicated, time-consming, dish-dirtying culinary labors. Her bottom line is that she values flavor, surprise, and sophistication in her cooking, but not if it means having to miss Hoarders.

When she’s not cooking effortless gourmet feasts, or writing books about how to cook effortless gourmet feasts, Juliana  works as a graphic designer and produces several popular speakers’ series in San Francisco, including Ask a Scientist, How-To Night, and Comedy Talks.

Check out my reviews of other books published by Viva Editions including The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Girlfriends Forever, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, and Lemons And Lavender.



  1. Wonderful! I was thinking about gifting something to my 12 year old daughter who has just started taking some interest in cooking. I believe this book would be wonderful for her. Thanks for sharing.

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