Review and Giveaway: Anne Burrell: Cook Like a Rock Star

TFAW recently received a complimentary copy of Food Network chef Anne Burrell’s new cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star. Before recommending this to our foodie readers, we wanted to make sure these recipes were cookable by little ol’ us…and there sure were plenty of mouthwatering recipes to choose from.

Check your calendars if you plan to be in NYC tonight, and drop into the Union Square Barnes & Noble to see Anne in person (star-struck)! The deets:

Anne Burrell Talk, Q&A and Book Signing
Tuesday, Oct. 4
7 -9 p.m.
Barnes & Noble 33 East 17th St. NY, NY 10003


For a more rustic spin on Sunday night football grub last weekend, A-Tooch tried Anne’s uber-simple Baked Ricotta recipe — a fresh-tasting dip that can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. I halved the recipe so the adaptation below serves about 2-3 people.

Baked Ricotta with Rosemary & Lemon
(adapted from Anne Burrell’s Cook Like a Rock Star)

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1 1/2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped (preferred over the dried rosemary I used…)
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 clove garlic, chopped
pinch of crushed red pepper
heavy pinch of kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the ricotta, rosemary, lemon zest, oilive oil, red pepper, garlic and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Taste and reseason as needed.

Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof dish or ramekin for easy and presentable serving once cooked. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the oven and drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil on top.

In the book, Anne suggests serving the dip with sliced Italian bread. I actually opted for melba toast and pretzel crisps, which were a great substitution and less filing (so naturally I ate twice as much dip to compensate).

There are tons of other great recipes in this book I’ll be trying out when my crazy calendar permits. First on that list will be Anne’s Maple-Pumpkin Bread Pudding — so festive for the season.

Miss Yunks hasn’t tried any of Anne’s recipes yet because she’s currently in the middle of a kitchen remodal project – that’s right, no kitchen at her house! That means a lot of take out and no cooking.  When she has a new kitchen, she’s excited to try Anne’s Spinach and ricotta gnocchi with fontina fonduta, Tagliolini with salsa cruda and ricotta salata, Pasta Fagioli, and Zucchini and parm fritters. Anne has a tendency to add meat to almost every dish in this book, but there’s still a good amount of vegetarian recipes and most others can be adapted.

Even better, TFAW want you to check out these recipes too, and tell us what you like. We’re giving away copies of Anne’s new cookbook to three lucky readers!

To enter: Leave a comment below telling us which of Anne’s recipes you have cooked before or would like to cook, and why. For extra entries:

  1. Follow @foodiesatwork and @chefanneburrell on Twitter
  2. Tweet about this contest, linking back to this page

Contest closes Friday, Oct. 7 at 11:59 a.m. ET and the winners will be chosen randomly and contacted shortly thereafter. Good luck!

And the winners are…

Congratulations Molly, Cam M. and Julia!

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  1. Dan
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    Hi I have never tried any of these recipes but would love to try them all, especially the pasta recipes. Furthermore, since I am totally blind I hope that this book is made available in audio or computer text format at some point. Thanks for the give away!

  2. Molly
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    I totally adore Anne Burrell and her unbridled enthusiasm for delicious food, and have actually blogged about that. Here is the post which features her terrific cauliflower stew:

    I already follow foodiesatwork and chefanneburrell on Twitter

  3. Jaclyn
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

    Followed and RT @JacMalia

  4. Karyn
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    I have made a few things from Anne from the Food Network site, but offhand I cannot remember what! I watch her every week and am really looking forward to checking out the new book! I always learn something from her, and that is what I love – in addition to her terrific personality! I hope I win! :)

  5. Cam M.
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 10:11 PM | Permalink

    I would love to cook Anne’s pulled pork. It looks delicious and has great ratings. Yum! Can’t wait to read Cook Like a Rock Star!

  6. Mary
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never made any of Anne’s dishes before, but I’d start by making the Sweet Potato Casserole. YUM!

  7. Claire
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

    I’d most like to cook Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, because I am a fan of carrot cake so it sounds like i’d love this.

  8. Teslaca
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    I’d love to try her Fingerling Homefries.

  9. Teslaca
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

    Following @foodiesatwork on Twitter.

  10. Teslaca
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

    Following @chefanneburrell on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.!/teslaca/status/122338476543848448

  11. Sandie
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    Saw you on TV a couple of nights ago and today made the fresh ricotta, so easy and delish. The above recipe will be a great addition – yummy! Like your style:)

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