Review: Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook
I’ve said more than once that in my opinion Everyday Exotic is the best stand-and-stir show on TV. It’s entertaining and educational; most food shows today are neither. Host Roger Mooking is a charming and (dare I say?) hip guide on this culinary voyage. So you have to know I was pumped when Roger told me about his first cookbook, Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook.
Following the success of the hit television series Everyday Exotic, Mooking and his producer Allan Magee bring together the most delicious of his 52 inspiring episodes. Using the concept of one main exotic ingredient, Roger demystifies the ingredient through its flavour and aroma, empowering the reader to embrace them in their cooking. Mix in your standard midweek recipes and you have new classics that your entire family will love.
He calls this his obedient ingredient. In fact, obedient ingredient was one of the names considered when the show was still in it’s planning stages. The first time I watched the show I noticed Roger saying that phrase and I thought, “It’s catchy I wonder what it means.” Immediately afterwards I thought, “It’s a rhyme; he’s a rapper.”
Then I turned to the section of the book entitled obedient ingredient and read this, “The notion behind the Obedient Ingredient is that the ingredient that was once out of reach becomes obedient once you learn to master it.” A light bulb came on. I finally got it. Then I read on, “And it rhymes. And I’m a rapper. And sometimes it’s just that simple.” You can see why I’m such a fan.
The book itself is an easily accessible reference that acts as a greatest hits of Mooking’s best recipes from his popular Cooking Channel series. The formatting makes the recipes easy to follow and each includes a thorough explanation of the obedient ingredient. There are twelve chapters that run the gamut from comfort classics to drinks and desserts. Additionally there are instructions for building your own exotic pantry. It’s great food porn, too. Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook is perfect for the advanced home cook who is looking to up their game. Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Roger Mooking HERE.