Michael Smith: Back to Basics Review

I was given the pleasure of reviewing a copy of Michael Smith’s Back to Basics cookbook. If you are not yet familiar with Michael Smith, he is the best selling author of six cookbooks and also the host of several Food Network TV shows including Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef at Home and Chef Abroad. Michael lives in Prince Edward Island with his family.
This has to be one of the neatest cookbooks I have ever read. It is loaded with large, mouth watering photographs and contains a great variety of recipes. The recipes are broken down into salads, chicken, beef, pork and lamb, fish, pasta, sides and baking. I love how Michael constantly encourages us to add a bit of our own personality to his recipes (which is so important in cooking!).
I love the way he writes his cookbook. I felt like I had him standing beside me and talking to me (no numbered directions in this cook book!). It gave me the confidence to experiment with his recipes and feel confident that they would turn out fantastic. 
I know that I love to have an idea of the types of recipes included in a cookbook before I purchase it so here are some of the names of the recipes that I fell in love with: Caribbean Braised Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash, Thai Chicken Broth with Sweet Potato and Cilantro, Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes, Bells Peppers and Goat Cheese, Tomato Basil Carbonara and so much more!
You can purchase the recipe book here.

Michael Smith’s Back to Basics is also featured on Penguin Canada’s December Daily Delight – have you been entering daily to win free books?  You can still enter here now.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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22 thoughts on “Michael Smith: Back to Basics Review
  1. savannah

    I have a cook book addiction! My hubby doesn&#39;t mind though he is always getting to try new foods.<br />From the couple of recipes you listed I would love to try and make the Thai Chicken Broth with Sweet Potato and Cilantro! It sounds so yummy I&#39;ll def, be checking out this cook book 🙂

     
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  2. NetWorkingWitches

    I love photos in cookbooks. The photos you showed are beautiful. Michael Smith is new to me but I would love to try something new and different. This would help jostle up our same old same old menu.

     
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  3. Aio Kona

    I love spending time in the kitchen and the best rewards are the sighs of pleasure I get from my family. I will try to find a copy of Michael Smith&#39;s cookbook in our local bookstore. I hope I find one. Does he have an online copy I could download? Thank you for sharing this, Carla. It is a good find.

     
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  4. Corinne Schmitt

    I love ethnic food, but hate experimenting with new ingredients. I love that this cookbook seems to offer a diverse range of recipes using basic ingredients. I&#39;ll have to check this one out.

     
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  5. Ronnie E.

    Love the chalkboard pictures! It adds a homey-touch to it. Are the recipes really &#39;simple&#39;? I&#39;m up for an invitation to dinner to try the food! 🙂

     
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  6. Cathy C

    OMG this book looks incredible based on the pictures alone! I love to flip through cookbooks looking at all the pictures. The pictures make me want to try new recipes! Thanks for sharing your review Carla!

     
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