Sunday, March 20, 2011

Book Review: Diamond Dishes (Andre Ethier's 3 Food Recipes)

Another book came in the mail....

Diamond Dishes is a great food book with over 60 easy to make recipes from top 20 MLB players. On sale April 1, 2011.

Synopsis. (From the publications press release)

Baseball and food are two of life’s uncomplicated pleasures, stirring up sizzling passion across all generations. In Diamond Dishes, baseball fans and food lovers get a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite Major League Baseball players with stories told through memorable meals, family recipes, and revealing anecdotes about life beyond the diamond.

And, oh what great food! America’s favorite game has become a bastion for unforgettable recipes from all over the world—from classic dishes from all corners of the United States to spicy Latin American fare. Author Julie Loria recreates the down-home family recipes, favorite authentic meals, and top dishes from on-the-road eateries of twenty of today’s top players.

An official Major League Baseball publication, Diamond Dishes is not simply a cookbook, but rather a singular and scrumptious off-the-field look at ballplayers flexing their culinary muscles and discussing the roles of family, friends, and food in their lives. With exclusive, full-color photos of the players off the field and in the kitchen, and sixty recipes, this book is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, tastes and aromas that penetrate the hearts and souls of the ballplayers and their fans alike.

Players featured in the book include:

Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers,
Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins
Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Johan Santana, New York Mets
Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
David Wright, New York Mets

Of course you had to have Andre Ethier included in this book since he's a big food critic. I enjoyed reading this book and checking out the different unique recipes. I'm a big eater. I'm not much of a fast food type person so reading this was a pleasure.

I'm picky and I need a hot plate with my white rice. Luckily, my wife knows how to cook.

Since this is a Dodgers blog, might as well review Andre Ethier's recipes....

I wasn't impressed. His three recipes were Mango and Cucumber Salsa-Salad, Lazy Enchiladas, and Old-Fashioned Cherry Pie. After going through the other recipes from different players, I was expecting something big from Ethier. You're going to have to buy the book to get those recipes but I will share this big news from the book.

Ethier bought a Angus cow. He's getting into the meat business. From the book. -

"Right now I am getting into breeding my own cattle to produce my own beef. I just got an Angus cow and I'm going to start breeding it, and at least know what I am feeding it. I can't be too hands-on during the season, so my wife's parents help out. We are doing the chicken thing with egg producing too. We are trying to be more self-reliant".


Interesting! I can see it now, "Andre Ethier's Meat Company".

I was impressed with the following recipes. (Sorry, I don't eat pork, so I skipped those)

Lance Berkman - Fried Catfish. It looked great. I need to try this.

Adrian Gonzalez - Rib-Eye Steak Soft Tacos. I think Gonzalez stole my recipe! I'm not joking. This is my recipe! 

Adrian Gonzalez - "Guacamole Gonzalez". I love Guacamole.

Roy Halladay - Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shake. It sounds disgusting but I have to try this drink. It might be good.

Albert Pujols - Dominican beans and rice. It sounds different than the Cuban version.

Hanley Ramirez - Tostones - I love Tostones.

Alex Rodriguez - Grilled T-Bone Steak with Balsamic Onion Confit. This looks impressive.

Chase Utley - Chocolate Ultimate Mudd Pie. I love chocolate!

Miguel Cabrera - Shrimp and Saffron Risotto - This looks delicious. 

If you love to cook, then you need to check out this book. It's not just a cookbook, you get to know these players on a personal level. On Sale April 1. I'm hungry now. Going to go cook Adrian's steak tacos. I mean Roberto's steak tacos! :)

Thanks to Bob, The Lyons Press and GPP for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Previous book review -

"The Baseball" by Zack Hample. {linked here}

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