Leftover Chef is a new cookbook produced by a celebrity chef who has already made a name for himself authoring other books on cooking and diet. This book is designed to help those who constantly throw out leftovers convert those unused foods into something else. By using leftover items and making new meals, you can alleviate eating the same thing over and over. Instead mix it up and save money on your food costs each week.
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- Use Your Leftovers
Leftover chef contains lots of unique cooking ideas that teach you how you can make tasty food from the leftover items you might normally have in your fridge. You pay a reasonable amount for this book, almost the same as any other cookbook. Then learn how you can take leftovers, even in small quantities, and mix them with other leftovers to create full meals for a family.
- Diversity in the Kitchen
By learning how to make meals out of your leftovers, you alleviate the mundane task of eating the same foods over and over. Instead, you can stop your food going to waste and make the most out of each bit.
- Daniel Green
Daniel Green is the celebrity chef who has created the cookbook. He is a celebrity insofar as he has been seen across the Food Network as a host and a food judge for shows like Food Fortunes and Kitchen Inferno. The restaurant Cathay Pacific boasts a menu designed by Green.
In addition to this book, Green has authored eleven other cookbooks. That said, this is one of the more reputable celebrities behind any as seen on TV products out there, one with experience in the field. In addition to publishing books on different diets, he has partnered with Telebrands to market this book.
- Chef’s Chopper
In addition to the cookbook, people who order also get the chef’s chopper, which is a fun food chopper that helps reduce chopping time. This unit has a mesh top and lets you easily chop up things like peppers or onions, vegetables that are often included in the Leftover recipes. Such units are typically reliable time savers in the kitchen, so even if you do not use all of the recipes, chances are you will use this free gift.
- Not Fit for All Leftovers
The recipes are still recipes, so you still might not have the leftover items. In some cases, when you prepare meals you have leftovers, mostly in the form of pre-cooked things. For example: leftover lasagna or leftover stir fry. A lot of the recipes includes use single leftover items that have not already been mixed or cooked into a full meal.
- Chicken Example
One of the examples used on the commercial requires leftover peppers, chicken, cheese, and a mixture of sour cream to create a special fajita casserole for your family. While this is great in theory, you might not have just chicken and peppers leftover, with cheese and sour cream as an addition. You might have chicken already prepared in something else leftover which can interfere with the effectiveness of the recipes.
So naturally, this book is not necessarily going to have ideas for leftover meals you have already prepared. Instead it is banking more on the fact that you might have extra items like chicken leftover after you already cooked chicken for something else.
For example: you might have cooked two chicken breasts for something and had one left, but one by itself is not enough for the family. In such cases, there are things from this book you can use.
This book is designed specifically for people who struggle to deal with leftovers. People who eat bland leftovers regularly, end up throwing them out, will really gain a lot from this. Those who already use their leftovers in more creative ways might not learn as much but still stand to gain something.
Out of the one hundred and fifty recipes, it is important to note that not all of them are incredibly complicated. Those less complicated might be very remedial, which can upset certain buyers. Remedial recipes include pouring remaining coffee into an ice cube tray so that you have leftover coffee cubes to throw into a cold coffee drink during hot weather.
Other examples include the pizza sandwich where you stack two pizza slices together and cook extra meat or cheese in between. These are of course, great ways to save here and there, and not all of the recipes are that simplistic. Nonetheless, some buyers have felt that the value was diminished by these more basic things.
With this book you can save money if you plan ahead. If you read through the book and know which recipes can take advantage of which leftover you will have, then this book will certainly save you money on food. When you reduce food waste you also save money on your regular grocery bill.
When you incorporate recipes from this book, most of them are incredibly simple and fast. This means you save time preparing foods for a future meal. If you use the recipes for the breakfast foods, you save time in the morning making a breakfast food. The same goes for any other meal.
- Not Fit for All
One of the biggest complaints is that recipes here rely upon leftovers. However, if you are good at meal planning, then you should have little to no leftovers. People who already plan out their meals will only ever buy enough of what they need for each meal item, no more, no less. This in and of itself alleviates the need for revamping leftovers into something else. In fact, trying to use these recipes might encourage purchasing more foods, the fresh food items required for each recipe, in order to make complete meals.
- What This Book Has
There are one hundred and fifty recipes in total that help you to make the most out of your leftover foods. Of course, they can also be used as generic recipes made from scratch if you so choose.
Some of the recipes include a fajita casserole or fried spaghetti balls both of which take your leftover foods, mix them with a few fresh ingredients, and produce a brand new meal. Most of these recipes are straightforward. They are fast and easy, not five star in quality, but simple and effective.
Other examples of the recipes included are buffalo chicken nachos, French fry fajitas, bread budding, egg fried rice, breakfast potato bite, Asian turkey lettuce wraps and more.
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