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Jasper's Kitchen Cookbook:
Italian Recipes and Memories from Kansas City's Legendary Restaurant
By Jasper J. Mirabile Jr.
ISBN: 0740778625
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Publication date: October 2009
Format: Paperback
Number of recipes: 100+
List price: $19.99
Type: Chef/Restaurant; Italian
Sample recipe: Vitello Fiorentina; Creamed Spinach
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: all breakfast/brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings few b&w photos occasional color all color
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: If you thought Kansas City was only about steaks and barbecue, you've overlooked one institution that has been on the scene for more than 55 years – Jasper's (Italian) Restaurant. Now run by two sons of the founder, the cooking is managed by executive chef Jasper Junior, who has turned many restaurant recipes into family recipes for you to prepare.

Certainly you (one) can mess up Italian cooking, but (one wonders) how can the food not be good when it is all about such wonderful, seasonal ingredients as found in these recipes? The chapters feature starters (or "mouth openers"), soups and salads, pastas and risottos, main courses, and desserts. Many are Italian standards, but others have been dressed up, and many are unique to Jaspers. There is also historical and anecdotal information on the Mirabile family (here and in Italy) and a fair bit on how the restaurant started, how it is run, and how it became such an institution.

A number of the recipe names are in Italian, which is going to be a challenge for some people, but they are all categorized in English the index.

Chef/restaurant cookbooks often or always have personality. This one also has heart.


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