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Fresh Tastes


Providing over 170 flavorful recipes utilizing grocery store ingredients, Fresh Tastesincludes not only photos of the finished dish but also process shots and step-by-step instructions of key techniques (e.g., “how to peel and cube a butternut squash”). Make ahead instructions and seasonal menus are also included, to help the home cook easily organize their next gathering


Award-winning cookbook author, Lee Clayton Roper, shows home cooks how to explore their culinary creativity with her award-winning, delicious cookbook, Fresh Tastes. This beautiful book delivers over 170 flavorful recipes, essential cooking tips, and delightful stories to spark inspiration in your kitchen.

Lee takes the “complicated” out of timeless classics, simplifying the process while ramping up flavors, using fresh ingredients when and where possible. She shares personal reflections on lessons she has learned in the kitchen from those who have inspired her, along with 65 beautiful food photos, along with process shots of key preparation steps.

Fresh Tastes epitomizes Lee’s culinary tastes, balancing an innovative approach with uncomplicated preparation techniques. Sophisticated in flavor and beautiful to present, the recipes in Fresh Tastes are prepared with the best quality, readily available ingredients designed to maximize flavor. Some of Lee’s delicious recipes include:

Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup

Tomato and Peach Salad with Lime-Balsamic Dressing

Layered Salmon Salad with Avocado-Lime Yogurt Dressing

Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts

Spicy Pork Chops with Argentine Chimichurri Sauce

Halibut with Celery Root Puree and Tomato Garnish

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos with Tomato Mango Salsa

Roasted Root Vegetable Pot Pie

Peruvian Artichoke Tart

Pear Kuchen

Fresh Fruit with Brandy Custard Sauce

Drawing from her decades of experience, Lee provides readers with helpful advice on what is best for the dish, the flavor and the cook, considering such essential variables as seasonality and availability. Recipes in Fresh Tastes were evaluated by a team of volunteer testers across the country. Only the best, most flavorful, eye-catching dishes made the cut. Fresh, flavorful and inspired, this collection of hand-selected recipes in Fresh Tastes transcends the kitchen, reminding us all that every meal can and should be a simple yet sophisticated celebration of life.

“My approach with this cookbook starts with the confidence that, with the right preparation and a pinch of creativity, every dish can be extraordinary,” Lee explains.  “I have intentionally kept recipes and ingredients easy to get, often providing alternative substitutions.”

Lee Clayton Roper is an award-winning cookbook author, cooking instructor, public speaker and TV personality.  Her first book, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen received numerous rave reviews and is often featured in local and national press.  In 2010, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen achieved national acclaim, winning the prestigious “Living Now” gold medal.  With Fresh Tastes Lee expands her recipe collection, serving up fresh, delicious and sophisticated dishes guaranteed to inspire creativity in kitchen everywhere.  Lee tours the country sharing recipes and cooking tips and techniques in sold-out classes, leading cooking demonstrations, and is a frequent guest on radio and television and in print.  To learn more about Lee, visit www.SeasonedKitchen.com.

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