“Rocco’s Real Life Recipes” cookbook subtitled “Fast Flavors for Every Day” by Rocco Dispirito. Published by Meredeth Books in 2007, the book is a soft cover measuring 7½ x 9¼ inches with 240 pages; the price of $19.95 is printed on the back cover. The cookbook is in very excellent gently used condition.
More than 175 of Rocco’s best recipes for fast, flavorful main dishes, seasoned with his personal comments and favorite shortcuts. Each recipe can be made in 30 minutes or less, using easy-to-find ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights–or anytime. 32 pages of enticing color photos of delicious dishes. Chapters feature the most popular choices for the center-of-the-plate, including beef, pork, lamb, chicken, tuna, salmon, shrimp, and eggs. A mix of fresh and prepared foods maximizes flavor while keeping prep work to a minimum. A special chapter “Rocco’s Reserve” features 10 pull-out-all-the-stops menus for casual gatherings or special occasions. As “Best New Chef” (Food & Wine, 1999) and “America’s Most Exciting Young Chef” (Gourmet, 2000), as well as the star of NBC reality show, The Restaurant (2003), Rocco DiSpirito has developed a loyal following who love his flavorful recipes that can be prepared quickly and with easy to find ingredients. The cookbook is peppered with Rocco’s own thoughts about cooking and short cuts that address the importance of having a judicious mix of fresh and prepared foods to suit today’s busy lifestyle regardless of the occasion. To emphasize this belief, all 175 of Rocco’s favorite recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.
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