Cookbook Giveaway - The Gourmet Kitchen

In The Gourmet Kitchen: Recipes from the Creator of Savory Simple home-cooked meals are elevated with unique and bold flavors. Jennifer Farley, the author, is also the creator of the blog, Savory Simple (451 recipes currently indexed on EYB) with almost half-a-million followers who eagerly await her new recipe posts.

This new release delivers over 100 sophisticated, but approachable, recipes accompanied by her signature photography. From quick and healthy weeknight dinners, fun appetizers and sweets for all occasions, Jennifer provides classic recipes with inventive twists that will please novice and seasoned cooks alike.  You can read more about this book and the author in our author interview

We are pleased to offer five copies of this title to our EYB Members in the U.S.

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What's one technique that you use to elevate a dish?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends December 14th, 2016.



  • gjelizabeth  on  11/10/2016 at 1:11 PM

    I get anything I'm cooking in oil as brown as I can and then deglaze the pan with whatever liquid I can use in the recipe to ensure that I get every speck of flavor possible. Also, salt is good.

  • lebarron2001  on  11/10/2016 at 1:54 PM

    I cook my steaks using the reverse sear method in a cast iron pan.

  • jennyatkinson  on  11/10/2016 at 2:56 PM

    Nearly any dish can be elevated with the addition of freshly ground spices. Yum!

  • Teruska  on  11/10/2016 at 4:14 PM

    Often a splash of acid will enhance flavors. We are especially fond of fruit infused vinegars.

  • alirov  on  11/10/2016 at 4:45 PM

    Sous vide will cook any dish to the perfect doneness.

  • mcrimmins  on  11/10/2016 at 5:43 PM

    I love using fresh herbs from my garden in the recipe and as the garnish.

  • Deneenm  on  11/10/2016 at 6:04 PM

    in the right dishes, a squeeze of lemon juice makes all the difference

  • lauriesk  on  11/10/2016 at 7:24 PM

    Add fresh herbs

  • lovelily1001  on  11/10/2016 at 8:38 PM

    Ha! i wish i knew! i use good quality ingredients and try to take care of them as i prepare the meal. that's why this cookbook would be so helpful.

  • Smokeydoke  on  11/11/2016 at 12:37 AM

    I salt and pepper while cooking, instead of at the beginning or at the end.

  • lhudson  on  11/11/2016 at 6:40 AM

    Fresh Herbs

  • vickster  on  11/11/2016 at 6:58 AM

    Caramelized onions

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2016 at 9:24 AM

    Grilling and olive oils!

  • sarahawker  on  11/11/2016 at 11:09 AM

    As silly as it sounds, garnish the dish, don't leave out that last step, it's usually fresh herbs, and the contrast between the fresh and the cooked dish is wonderful!

  • laureljean  on  11/11/2016 at 11:34 AM

    Fresh herbs and good-quality, fresh spices

  • rchesser  on  11/11/2016 at 2:34 PM

    Seasoning at every step of cooking.

  • Lynled  on  11/11/2016 at 3:28 PM

    Love to deglaze a pan and use fresh herbs and spices.

  • sgump  on  11/11/2016 at 6:51 PM

    Cooking with intentionality and love . . . and with respect to the ingredients. Across the board, what more can you do?

  • pandapotamus  on  11/11/2016 at 8:08 PM

    deglazing with wine!

  • lgroom  on  11/11/2016 at 8:39 PM

    In many of my savory dishes, a secret ingredient is a splash of dill pickle juice.

  • cheftina888  on  11/11/2016 at 11:35 PM

    marinate meat for a few hours to elevate flavor and using freshly ground herbs and spice to truly elevate and enhance flavor of all dishes

  • ampsmom  on  11/12/2016 at 12:53 AM

    Fresh herbs always.

  • ballen  on  11/12/2016 at 6:42 PM

    Lemon zest -- depending on the dish of course.

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2016 at 5:46 AM

    Sous vide

  • Rosesrpink50  on  11/13/2016 at 9:45 AM

    I think it comes at the end when you taste and adjust seasonings, then garnish with fresh herbs.

  • Lafauvette  on  11/13/2016 at 5:18 PM

    Don't be afraid to experiment with seasonings!

  • juazella  on  11/13/2016 at 9:45 PM

    season throughout cooking, not just at the end

  • JulieG1002  on  11/14/2016 at 12:22 AM

    Add some acid to brighten up the flavors -- sometimes citrus, sometimes vinegar (LOVE flavored and herb- and spice-infused vinegars!), sometimes wine, sometimes more than one of the three. I patiently add a little at a time, always tasting to be sure I enhance the flavors as much as possible and don't enter the land of too-much-acid or the land of watery sauce.

  • meggan  on  11/14/2016 at 8:41 AM

    Deglazing with booze. Any booze.

  • ravensfan  on  11/14/2016 at 10:05 AM

    Add butter!

  • tennyogirl  on  11/14/2016 at 10:22 AM

    Toast the spices

  • kaliedra  on  11/17/2016 at 11:24 AM

    Browning, especially if there is butter involved.

  • Lyndaherman  on  11/17/2016 at 6:34 PM

    Add a variety of spices

  • bfg67  on  11/18/2016 at 2:58 AM

    tasting all the way through for seasoning

  • echilt5  on  11/20/2016 at 11:36 PM

    Seasoning & presentation of the plate.

  • Dmartin997  on  11/21/2016 at 7:42 PM

    Herbs and spices

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/21/2016 at 10:18 PM

    Searing and deglazing

  • danafox  on  11/22/2016 at 6:14 AM

    I keep a wonderful herb garden with over 15 different kinds of herbs in pots on my deck all summer long to quickly add a burst of flavor, color and texture to any recipe. Dana

  • PennyG  on  11/22/2016 at 5:37 PM

    Specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars!

  • matag  on  11/22/2016 at 7:40 PM

    Fresh herbs

  • annieski  on  11/23/2016 at 5:16 AM

    Finishing with salt or acid

  • t.t  on  11/26/2016 at 9:57 PM

    depends--taste and see what it could be a little acid, some salt, or some fresh herbs...

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/27/2016 at 12:37 AM

    One way I elevate my dishes is to find flavors that truly compliment and balance each other either through web searches or taste tests in my own kitchen. I make pizza a lot at home and often find recipes and try new combinations prior to serving it to family and friends.

  • cocecitycook  on  11/27/2016 at 2:38 AM

    Fresh herbs

  • djoh437938  on  11/27/2016 at 9:43 AM

    fresh herbs and checking for seasoning

  • Tabubua  on  11/27/2016 at 11:16 AM

    A nice reduced sauce is always a nice touch :)

  • bakeswithlove2369  on  11/28/2016 at 9:31 AM

    wine or lemon or a form of acid always adds a touch to any recipe. Also use an ingredient you cant place but you know there is something extra that adds to the flavor

  • HerBoudoir  on  11/28/2016 at 11:58 AM

    Fresh herbs - even if it's just some thyme and parsley, it always brightens a dish

  • hillsboroks  on  11/28/2016 at 11:32 PM

    Fresh herbs right from the garden.

  • tcjanes  on  11/29/2016 at 9:49 AM

    A really good sear.

  • FieenaZ  on  11/29/2016 at 2:01 PM

    Fresh herbs

  • verorenee  on  11/29/2016 at 4:46 PM

    Brown butter! I love it.

  • KLeverett  on  11/30/2016 at 4:54 PM

    Brining pork, including ribs.

  • mpdeb98  on  12/2/2016 at 6:56 PM

    Adding citrus

  • JanScholl  on  12/3/2016 at 2:04 AM

    lime-juice, rind, a rub. It's wonderful in my vegan chili.

  • ptherrien  on  12/3/2016 at 6:46 AM

    Adding fresh herbs, freshly ground pepper, or a combination of spicy/sweet/sour. Deglazing!

  • jaburg  on  12/3/2016 at 7:23 PM

    Fresh herbs and spices make a big difference.

  • artoeat  on  12/4/2016 at 6:47 PM

    A splash of lemon is my go to umph to any dish.

  • tarae1204  on  12/5/2016 at 10:55 AM

    I love flavored salts, a douse of butter or good olive oil, and minced ginger from a tube when the flavor is right.

  • mybell7  on  12/6/2016 at 9:33 PM

    I brown my veggies in the oven instead of using a frying more flavor

  • Lindsdav  on  12/9/2016 at 7:29 PM

    Tasting my food as I cook so I am in control & paying attention as the dish comes together.

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