Love the show or hate it, everyone knows what Desperate Housewives is about; a group of ladies that have certainly lived up to their name through failed relationships, crazed lovers, and unbelievable antics. After awhile, the show begins to grow on you. Something about it leads you to wonder if it can get any more over the top in that fun way that it does. Usually you are not disappointed.
Normally, when I hear about cookbooks for television shows that are not really cooking related, I write them off as a marketing ploy. What I expected to find was a museum-like quality in the book. I expected a lot of pictures from the show and not much else other than fanfare. Well, I did receive plenty of pictures to look at, some were from episodes I had watched and others I did not recall seeing before flipping through the book. However, beyond those pictures there were some fabulous food pictures and some great recipes that matched the women (characters) cooking them perfectly.
The writers of the book seemed to go out of their way to ensure that each section was properly suited to the proper housewife. For example, Bree’s section is filled with all of the most interesting, yet easy to comprehend and prepare recipes. In this section, you will find Basil Puree Soup, Lobster Risotto with Herb Oil, Lamb Shanks Osso Bucco, and Steamed Baby Potatoes with Herb Butter. If it all sounds too complicated don’t be worried because it’s all fairly simple. If you want something easier, you can check out her muffin recipe, as it might be just what you’re looking to make.
When you get to Susan’s area, you will find the food that is perfect for people who have absolutely no skills in the kitchen. You can plan meals such as the Not Too Crunchy Granola, Coleslaw, Shopping Bag Chicken, Foolproof Mac and Cheese, and there is even a Margarita recipe to top things off.
Lynette’s section is all about being a devoted mom. Expect to find some kid friendly foods and some things that the kids might not like, but should eat anyway, like Brussels sprouts. Other Great recipes in this section include a bunch of Grilled Cheese variations, Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan, and a Mango Martini recipe.
Leave it to Gabrielle to wrap up the book with some spicy food favorites. Of course, this section goes beyond the spice in her dishes as she offers some excellent dessert options, as well. Gabrielle’s section includes Paella, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Toasted Angel Food Cake with Spiced Strawberries, and Rum Glazed Pineapple amongst other things.
Edie adds in an ice cream sundae recipe for fun, as well as a few other things. There is also a random dish from the neighbors in between the various women of Wisteria Lane. There are plenty of good dishes in here and most of them have a story or two behind why they were added or the person that added them.
All in all, for a cookbook based on fictional women, this definitely hits the mark and then some. If you love the show I would definitely recommend this book. If you are not a fan of the show, I would recommend checking out the recipe list before hand. While the recipes are great, if you are not interested in the show you might be better off looking for a book that has more recipes included. Overall, this is the best book of its kind, but as a general cookbook (removing the show) it’s good, but could have used more recipes.