A few months ago I received a copy of Cooking with Amar’e in the mail. I was excited to try out new recipes for my family but Brandon was just excited to see that I was happy about something that was related in any way back to the NBA. Lol.
Amar’e Stoudemire is a power forward for the New York Knicks and a six-time NBA All-Star. A married father of four, Amar’e is dedicated to helping children learn. Along with his wife, he founded the Alexis and Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation to creatively inspire youth to get an education and avoid poverty, and he authored a semiautobiographical children’s series, STAT, to inspire young readers. Amar’e is also an actor, producer, motivational speaker, and co-owner of Hapoel Basketball Team of Jerusalem.
Amar’e Stoudemire teamed up with his personal chef, Chef Maxcel Hardy III, to create this cookbook full of recipes that Amar’e has learned to cook and share with his family. I was pretty excited to dig into it and find some great new recipes to share with Brandon. Of course, Brandon is a vegetarian so I had to either scour for the veggie options or choose to slightly alter the recipe to suit a vegetarian lifestyle. Thankfully, there were a lot of great options in Cooking with Amar’e. The Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Flatbread is one of our favorites. I have made it multiple times in the last month.
I’ve seen a few people online complaining about Cooking with Amar’e saying that the recipes are nothing a normal family would make for dinner but I strongly disagree. The food is healthy and the meals aren’t complicated at all so long as you can follow simple instructions. It also helps if you understand cooking lingo such as the difference between mince, dice, and chop.
I find that the most time-consuming part of all of the recipes in this book is preparing the vegetables so I just dice, chop, slice, etc everything on Sunday then put it in labeled tupperware containers until it’s time to try the recipe.
Staying true to his sports background the book claims the recipes are designed for “pros and rookies in the kitchen” and I would agree with that. If you want to cook quality healthy meals, this cookbook will help you do it. If you’re just looking to whip up something quickly and get it on the table you may want to look elsewhere. As simple as I found these recipes, I would absolutely agree that you have to enjoy your time in the kitchen in order to execute these properly.
Get a copy of Cooking with Amar’e. What’s your favorite cookbook? Do you enjoy spending time in the kitchen preparing meals for your family or do you prefer quick and simple?