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Must-Read: Dinner At My Place

Over the past few months, I've been testing recipes from Tyler Florence's recent cookbook: Dinner At My Place $13.57.

Although Florence has penned several other cookbooks, this one has a particularly intimate feeling because it includes his family's favorite recipes along with great menus for dinner parties.

To find out if you should add it to your cookbook collection,



  • The book is divided into innovative menus and theme parties. Some examples are Crab Season, Tolan's Birthday Dinner, and Sunday Dinner. There are a wide variety of recipes in each menu, which can be easily mixed and matched.
  • Many of the recipes offer substitutions in case some of the ingredients are not in season or are unavailable.
  • The last chapter, Cheat Sheet, has over 20 basic recipes (such as creamy parmesan potato gratin, Japanese beef broth, classic French Vinaigrette) that are fast and easy staples perfect for livening up any meal.


  • Tyler is the father of three children, however, I thought it was overkill to dedicate an entire chapter to baby food. Perhaps a separate book or a smaller section? After all, I'm not making puree of anything for my adult guests anytime soon.
  • Directions for the recipes are in paragraph format rather than number.

Recipes: There are a wide variety of recipes in each of his pre-planned menus. Here are some that caught my attention.

  • Garden Puree Bruschetta
  • Blender Béarnaise
  • Watermelon Nectar with Lime Salt
  • Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Relish
  • Corn Pudding with Poblano
  • Artichoke Fritters with Meyer Lemon Salt
  • Beet Cakes with Sweet Greek Yogurt
  • Chinese Chicken Stock
  • Bourbon Peach Cobbler

Imagery: There are tons of pictures, which I promise will get you salivating.

Overall Rating: This cookbook has plenty of recipes perfect for a dinner party. It's not filled with lengthy and difficult culinary challenges, but rather tasty comfort foods that an average family is sure to enjoy.






Join The Conversation
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Ooo, sounds like a book I'll need to get! Even though I don't have kids yet, and won't for a couple of years (ideally!), it'd be nice to have the baby food section when the time comes.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My sis makes her own baby food for my nephew and she'd probably really like a section about that. I've always liked Tyler, so I might have to get this book and share it with my sis.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neat idea.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I like him and his show. I'll probably be buying this book!
tsp tsp 8 years
i haven't cooked from this book, but HAVE cooked recipes from the Tyler's Ultimate far everything has been outstanding.
rainydaybleus rainydaybleus 8 years
His food is good; easy to make, not overly complicated. Think I need to add this one to the collection.
rockd_out_vxn rockd_out_vxn 8 years
I think having the baby food section is great. I hav e kids too and I would have loved to have a section of ideas ( even a chapter) on food I oculd have made instead of bought.
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