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Cyrus Webb Presents…10 Cookbooks Every Home Should Have
By Cyrus Webb
Examiner.com; April 18, 2014

Holiday entertaining tips from ‘The Lazy Gourmets’
By Jackie Burrell
San Jose Mercury News; December 7, 2011

For the Lazy Chef in All of Us
By Gretchen Wegrich
Santa Cruz Sentinel; October 12, 2011

Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin’s Gourmet for the People
By Stefanie Kalem
East Bay Express; June 1, 2011

The Lazy Gourmet: An Interview with Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin
By Shelly Rachanow
If Women Ran the World; June 14, 2011

Reviews and praise for The Lazy Gourmet:

The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy is exactly what its title suggests – a resource packed with recipes to satisfy a connoisseur’s palate, yet which require a minimum of preparation time…. Written to appeal to busy cooks of all skill and experience levels, The Lazy Gourmet is highly recommended, especially for anyone newly tasked with cooking duties (whether for themselves, for roommates, or for family).”
Midwest Book Review

“This book is perfect for an economic time that has even wealthy people scaling back. It’s written by two friends, one who always cooked well and one whose dinners consisted of Pringles and candy bars. What makes this book terrific (aside from the great recipes) is that the authors are friends who cook together for fun. The fun part comes through on every page. I cook pretty well when I make time for it. Starting as an advanced amateur, I found useful, new information in the first part of the book, which covers stocking the pantry, quick tips for cooking, and putting together a toolkit. The recipe section made me as happy as my favorite cooking shows do. I came away with a list of intriguing recipes to try out as soon as possible. The list includes: Simon and Garfunkel Butter, Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Horseradish Cream, Fig and Onion Jam, Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream (no ice cream maker required), and Roasted Salmon with Garlic Comfit. Don’t lump this in with other books on food and cooking. It’s creative, funny, and a quick read. Think about putting it near the register as a potential impulse purchase.”
— Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer

“This book is filled with food that’s simple, seasonal, fresh, and doable. Here you’ll find recipes that are perfect for family dinner on Tuesday night but fun, hip, and cool enough to serve your friends when you’re entertaining on Saturday evening. And it’s easy enough for even the novice to do.”
—Joanne Weir, James Beard Award-winner, popular television cooking show host, and author of From Tapas to Meze

“I LOVE to entertain and I am always searching for great recipes. Juliana Gallin and Robin Donovan have created delicious recipes and easy ideas for parties I will be using for many years. The Lazy Gourmet brings the fun back into the kitchen and puts it right on the table.”
–Nina Lesowitz, author of The Party Girl Cookbook and Living Life as a Thank You

“Whether you’re a nervous newbie or a skilled cook with utmost confidence, you’re sure to appreciate this smart recipe collection that allows you to put an impressive spread on the table even when you’re time-pressed—which for most of us is 24-7. With The Lazy Gourmet, cooking turns relaxed and satisfying. Imagine that.’
—Carolyn Jung, James Beard Award-winning food writer and creator of FoodGal

“[The Lazy Gourmet is] exactly what you need when it’s 6:00 and you haven’t started—or even thought about—dinner yet, when you’re brain-dead and bone-tired and wish that someone would come over and whip up something elegant yet simple. Something satisfying and unusual. Something flat-out delicious. This book delivers all that.”
—Debbie Koenig, Words to Eat By

The Lazy Gourmet is one of those rare cookbooks that also feeds the mind. I love this book for the savvy secrets and food facts that show Juliana and Robin are fabulously passionate about great food. The real ‘joy of cooking,’ is sharing meaningful meals with family and friends and The Lazy Gourmet shines a light on doing just that.”
—Margie Lapanja, author of Romancing the Stove: Goddess in the Kitchen, Food Men Love, and Food That Rocks!

“[The Lazy Gourmet] is a great companion for any novice home chef, but even the most skilled cooks will appreciate the fresh, seasonal dishes that can pass for both sophisticated party fare and family-approved last-minute dinners.”
—Mr. Food

“I got an advance copy of The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy to check out, and let me tell you, it came at the perfect time. I’ve been really busy lately, and I haven’t been cooking a ton, so a book that has easy yet elegant recipes inside is just what I need right now.”
—Ashley Covelli, Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen

“As a ‘frugal party girl,’ and busy working mother, I love good recipes I can throw together without a lot of fuss and complication. The Lazy Gourmet is making my life much easier, but the great thing is, the resulting delicious dishes don’t LOOK EASY!”
—Lara Starr, author of The Frugal Foodie

“Each member of my family is very social; we have people dropping over frequently. I often need to pull together a quick meal to share with our dear friends so The Lazy Gourmet is now my go-to resource for marvelous recipes that ‘impress for less.’”
—Billee Sharp, author of Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It

“I have always considered myself a lazy chef. For me, that means choosing seasonal, local ingredients and relying on simple preparations to allow those ingredients to shine. In The Lazy Gourmet, Robin and Juliana have taken this approach to a whole new level, transforming ‘lazy’ into ‘quintessentially elegant.’”
—John Scharffenberger, Founder, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker

“Whether you’re new to the kitchen or an experienced home chef, you’ll love The Lazy Gourmet. With its good-humored approach, engaging style, useful culinary information, and delightfully easy and delicious recipes, it takes the stress out of cooking. If you want to prepare sophisticated, exceptional meals for your friends and family but are busy, kitchen-phobic, or just plain lazy, this is the cookbook for you.”
—Sally Bernstein, Editor-In-Chief, Sally’s Place

“If you had asked me a few months ago, I would have said, ‘There is no room for laziness in gourmet cooking.’ Which is why I DON’T DO IT. But then I found [The Lazy Gourmet]. . . . Check it out. Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade, White Bean Spread with  Parmesan and Mint, Seared Sea Scallops with Mint and Pea Puree, Pomegranate Roasted Chicken and Figs and Ginger, Chicken with Coconut Milk, Chiles, and Basil. I could go on and on. . . . Truthfully, I’m loving this book, ’cause it helps me to be fancy and lazy—a combination I didn’t know was possible. . . . I feel like a whole new world has just opened up to me.”
—Nicki Woo, The Home Guru

“I have had the opportunity to check out The Lazy Gourmet. This is one of my most favorite books for the beginner cooks.  I love watching those cooking shows on TV, but I am always afraid to try to cook any of the meals myself. I always think, ‘They are trained professionals… It’ll take me forever to learn to cook that way.’ But The Lazy Gourmet has shown me that even elegant meals are easily made. You just need an open mind and it doesn’t take nearly as long as you may think!”
—Amy Myrick, MI Savings Mama

“[In 'The Basics' section] I discovered some AWESOME tips on stocking my pantry, understanding the relevance of quantities in recipes, what al dente really means, what salt really does to a recipe, and the 8 tools every kitchen should not be without. I think what I really loved about this section is that the authors didn’t dumb down the information and they didn’t speak over my head. It was as though I were sitting at the kitchen table with my mother (or a dear, dear, friend), learning her secrets… discovering what ingredients were key and why. . . . Robin and Juliana did an excellent job of engaging the reader… of educating and entertaining at the same time”
—Alyice Edrich, The Dabbling Mum

“I happen to love Chicken Mole. . . .  [The Lazy Gourmet's version] literally took me about 15 minutes of prep time and about 55 minutes of cooking time. It was extremely easy to prepare and was super delicious. . . . The chicken was moist and easy to cut through. The sauce was rich and mildly spicy; very comforting. But, the cookbook just keeps getting better! They have recipes for Spicy Crab Cakes, Sweet Peach Crostini, and Top Sirloin with Charmoula on a bed of Arugula. . . . This will definitely be a recipe book that I will use over and over again throughout the years.
—Janae Chang, Pink Dandy Chatter

“That cooking is fun is one of the best-kept secrets in some circles, but not here. With infectious enthusiasm, The Lazy Gourmet will inspire both the neophyte and the well-seasoned home cook toward making meals that show how easy it is to love cooking from scratch.”
—Cheryl Koehler, Editor/Publisher, Edible East Bay

“[The Lazy Gourmet] features 125 easy recipes written for anyone who wants to produce great food in less time. Seasonal dishes like Orange Spiced Pecans, Basil Leaf and Goat Cheese Wraps, Gemelli with Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Crispy Breadcrumbs, Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches, Cherry Clafoutis, and Lazy Chocolate “Mousse” are equally at home for weeknight dinners or an impromptu gathering of friends.
—Nikki Gardner, Art & Lemons

“If you are one who dreams of easy-to-prepare dishes, then look no further. The Lazy Gourmet offers a variety of the most appealing recipes from dishes like Prawns in Romesco Sauce, Lazy Cheese Souffles and Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Tarts.”
—Catherine Pappas, Living The Gourmet

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