The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great

By Food Network Kitchens          

ISBN13: 9780770435004

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra  


Never again let the question, “What’s for dinner?” stump you. The Chopped Cookbook features secrets for combining pantry staples to make exciting meals.

If you’ve ever looked into your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, let The Chopped Cookbook help you shake up weeknight dinners. Just as each basket on Chopped has many tasty possibilities, so, too, do the contents of your refrigerator. By showing you how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes—including go-to guides for making salad dressings and pan sauces, four-ingredient market baskets that can go in many tasty directions, and ideas for ways to reinvent pasta dinners—the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night.


I have been binging on the Food Network for the past little while and thinking, why can’t I make some of these dishes? How do they come up with the dishes they do from the ingredients in their baskets? Well lo and behold – while perusing cookbooks and much to my delight – I came upon The Chopped Cookbook. What could be better than a cookbook from one of the shows that I watch all the time?

During these interesting times (the Pandemic of 2020), I needed some new material to bring to the dining room table. The instructions seemed easy to follow and (at least the three recipes I have tried to date) incorporated items that were already in my kitchen.

The illustrations are beautiful, though I would have liked a picture for each recipe (I like to know what it is supposed to look like :). I quite enjoyed that there were a variety of recipes, from main meat dishes and breakfast fair to vegetables to finger foods and desserts. There were also suggestions from time to time by some of the Chopped judges.

An easy to follow recipe book, with great illustrations and only requiring (for the most part) ingredients one would have on hand in their pantry and refrigerator already. A new staple in my cookbook collection that has been used and approved by everyone (even the kids!).