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**Win a copy of Emeril’s 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast. See details at the bottom of the post.**

What is the #1 thing you look at in a recipe when you are looking for what you are going to make for dinner? Is it the ingredients? The cooking method? Where the recipe comes from? All of these are important to me, but the first thing I usually look at is how long it takes to make. But really, the majority of recipes don’t say how long they take – you kind of just have to read through the directions and figure it out yourself. But for a weeknight, I always try to keep my meals quick. But on the weekends, I usually have more time, and want to spend that time on something special.

So when I was asked to review Emeril Lagasse’s newest cookbook – 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast, I was super excited. I love how this cookbook is organized. A section of recipes that can be done in 20 minutes, a section for 40 minute recipes, and a section for 60 minute recipes. There are also a few 60 minutes + recipes thrown in at the end. But do you know what I love the most about this cookbook? The majority of the recipes are in the 20 minute section. Which is perfect for me because we eat quick recipes about 5 times a week.

Each section of the book contains soups, salads, sides, pastas, desserts… just about every category is included. And for the most part, it looks like each recipe contains ingredients that are easy to find. And the book is loaded with beautiful pictures, which is always a big plus for me. So no matter how much time you have to make dinner, this book will be there to save the day!

Kicked Up Tuna Melts | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Kicked-Up Tuna Melts

This one was so simple that I actually made it for lunch one day. A definite improvement on your basic tuna fish sandwich. A great way to enjoy a delicious, warm lunch without a lot of fuss!

Linguine Alla Carbonara | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Linguine Alla Carbonara

Carbonara. That’s all you have to say and I’m all over it!! I didn’t even have this one originally bookmarked to make, but when I found myself without plans for dinner one night, I ended up making this. And I am so glad I wasn’t prepared to make something else! Even my husband lived this, and he usually has to have gobs of sauce on his pasta.

Boneless Pork Chops Parmigiana | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Boneless Pork Chops Parmigiana

What a great change up from regular old chicken parmigiana! I had just bought a bunch of boneless pork chops on sale, so this one really called out to me. Quick, easy, and amazingly delicious!

Country Fried Steak with White Gravy and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Country-Fried Steak with White Gravy & Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

I had been craving country-fried steak for weeks, so when I saw this recipe, I knew it was one that I was going to try. My only complaint with this recipe was that it contained so much of Emeril’s Essence, that the finished dish was much too seasoned. But if you cut back and used probably half of what was listed, it would be wonderful. And I forgot to add the bacon back into the gravy – what was I thinking!! But I would make this one again with a few modifications.

Shrimp and Corn Chowder | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Boy, did I make this soup at the perfect time. I mentioned last week that my daughter was sick, and unfortunately, it made it’s way through my whole house, getting my husband and I sick as well. Luckily it was just a pretty bad cold and nothing serious. But I made this soup right at the beginning of the sickness, and it was the perfect answer to a sore throat. It has smoked sausage in it, which gives it some amazing flavor. So much, in fact, that I would probably leave out the shrimp part next time, because it wasn’t really needed. So good for either the cold weather or for the sickies!!

I had a hard time deciding which recipe to leave you with out of these, but the pork chops won out!

Boneless Pork Chops Parmigiana
from Emeril 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast

Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

2 pounds boneless thin-cut pork chops (about 8 small chops)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup fine dry unseasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
4 teaspoons Emeril’s Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup jarred marinara sauce, plus more (heated) for serving with pasta, if desired
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Cooked pasta, for serving (optional)

Preheat the broiler, and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Season the pork chops on both sides with the salt and pepper. Set three shallow pans side by side. Place the flour in one, the egg and milk in another, and the breadcrumbs and cheese in the third pan. Season the flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the Essence, the egg-milk mixture with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the Essence, and the breadcrumbs with 1 teaspoon of the Essence. Stir the flour to incorporate the Essence; bet the eggs, milk, and Essence to blend; and toss the breadcrumbs with the cheese and Essence to combine.

Dredge the pork chops in the flour and shake to remove any excess. Working with one at at time, dip the pork chops in the egg wash to coat, then transfer them to the breadcrumb mixture and coat evenly, shaking to remove any excess.

Set a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, place half of the breaded pork chops in the pan and cook until golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the browned pork chops to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pork chops.

Spread 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce over each of the pork chops, and top each with 1/4 cup of the grated mozzarella. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned in spots and the chops are just cooked through. Remove from the oven and, if desired, serve over cooked pasta with additional marinara sauce.


There are 3 ways to enter:

1 – leave a comment on this post.
2 – Tell someone about this giveaway, whether it be on a blog, facebook or twitter. Then come back here and leave a new comment letting me know.
3 – I have 2 cookbook reviews in the wings, plus the monthly Cookbook of the Month review I do every month. I want to know what you want to know about these cookbooks. What persuades you to buy a cookbook? What kinds of things do you look for? Leave a comment and let me know what you would like for me to include in my cookbook reviews.

This giveaway will last until November 18th at 11:59pm MST. The winner will be announced November 19th.

Copies of Emeril 20-40-60 were provided by Harper Studio

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109 Responses to Boneless Pork Chops Parmigiana {Emeril 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast: A Review}

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Looks tasty

  2. Kate says:

    Looking at all of the pictures makes my mouth water! Yummy!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What gorgeous dishes!




    That pasta is making my pregnant self slobber!! Hope to win

  5. Lisa Fink says:

    I watched so much Emeril when I was home on my maternity leave with my oldest daughter, she would recognize his voice as easily as her dad's! Thanks for the offer.

  6. Matt & Heidi says:

    I LOVE Emeril, the carbonara….yummmm, must try that.

  7. Matt & Heidi says:

    I LOVE Emeril, the carbonara….yummmm, must try that.

  8. Janet says:

    Thanks for the headsup about this book – I think I'll buy it if I don't win (hope :)) I'm always looking for recipes to make in a certain time

  9. Sare says:

    That tuna melt is making me hungry dor some reason, and I don't usually like tuna even. Sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Sare says:

    For cookbook reviews, this sounds silly, but aside from the taste of what you create, and the variety the book offers, I like know if a book is fully, partially, or barely illustrated with photographs. I know, sounds childish, but I like knowing what my food is going to look like (gets me prepared to want to make it)

  11. Michelle says:

    I want to win!

  12. Carla says:

    I have had my eye on this cookbook for a while. Weirdly enough, this is the first Emeril cookbook that has interested me. I would love to win!

  13. Grace says:

    i've been missing emeril and his antics. this sounds like a great book–hellllllo, country-fried steak!

  14. A Feast for the Eyes says:

    I'm so glad that you reviewed this cookbook. I posted your contest on my TWITTER http://twitter.com/foodiewife

    What compels me to buy a book? Pictures! Lots of pictures! I'm also a fan of Emeril and I like the idea that the cookbook is organized by how long it takes to make something.

    I hope I win! If not, then I'll bookmark this one on my Christmas Wish List.

  15. Ms. Mini says:

    yummy good!

  16. Ms. Mini says:

    i buy cook books because of the photos. I need to see what it looks like before I buy ingreditents and try it.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I just got married and now have to plan meals so for the last few months I have been on the look out for recipes and found you blog just in time. Thank you for the time you put into this blog.

    And I wish I had some more pork chops left to try the recipe tonight. Will try soon. Looks good.

  18. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    I love everything Emeril makes, so this sounds like a wonderful book!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I have been thinking about purchasing cook books but am scared I will end up with ones that won't be useful. I'd like to know if the recipes are basic enough that they are not too hard to follow, are the ingredients generally easy to find, does the book include pictures? Basically, I want to know if the book is user friendly for the average at home cooker.

    Also, I'd like to know what type of food does it tend to focus on, such as dinner foods, american comfort foods, etc.

  20. Lizzybee says:

    Enter me please 🙂 I like to see a few of the recipes, short ingredient lists, good photographs, excellent instructions that sort of thing.

  21. Alexandra says:

    Yum ~ that looks like a good recipe ~ and a great cookbook. I love Emeril 🙂

  22. Deb says:

    Oh I am loving the look of that carbonara too! I think photos are great in a cookbook. They get the tastebuds going as well as giving that visual appeal that screams "You know you want to eat me!".

    I also like books that have ingredients that are on hand, not ones that ask for half a camel's eyeball or ingredients that are near impossible to find.

  23. Frieda says:

    I would love to try this cookbook!

  24. Frieda says:

    What do I look for in a cookbook? 1) full color pictures, 2) step by step directions, 3) estimated time to make the product.

    I really appreciate it when someone tries a recipe and posts a review. That encourages me to try it or make changes to a current recipe.

  25. Natalie says:

    yum, this looks like an awesome cookbook!

  26. Natalie says:

    and i love your reviews—i like to hear about how easy directions are to follow, how complicated the ingredients are, how good the pictures are, etc

  27. Tiff says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win!

  28. Tiff says:

    As far as what I look for in a cookbook, pictures, pictures, pictures. I really prefer every recipe to have a picture. Bonus, step-by-step pictures!

  29. Jillyn says:

    I stumbled upon your food blog a couple of months ago when searching for a recipe for banana chocolate chip cookies. I've enjoyed reading it ever since. Thanks for feeding my food blog addiction!

    This cookbook looks fabulous! As a mom of 4, fast is definitely a requirement for our dinners!

  30. Taylor K. says:

    those ALL look so good! thanks for the giveaway!

  31. ericka says:

    This looks like a great book! The first thing I look at is ingredients, if I don't know what they are or if the list is too long, I would pass it up. I need to make that country fried steak!

  32. ericka says:

    You have actually inspired me to do my own "cookbook of the month". I love pictures in cookbooks, I prefer the books with a picture for every recipe, that way I'm not just using my imagination to see what it should look like!

  33. Crazy Lady says:


  34. Kim says:

    I was wondering about this book. Sounds like it is a great one! I love the pork parmigiana and the country fried steak looks pretty darn tasty too.

    I love cookbooks way too much. I can just about talk myself into buying any book. I can't resist a beautiful cookbook with lots of pictures. I also really like it when the chef/cook shares personal stories about the recipes.

  35. mellodeer says:

    All of the pics from the Emeril recipes look delicious! Would love to win the book and make them myself! Thanks!

  36. stacief says:

    Now I am really hungry!

  37. Karen says:

    That shrimp and corn chowder looks amazing!

  38. Angie says:

    That book looks great!

    When I browse cookbooks, I always look at the desserts section and the pictures. I like to see a great variety in each book, and it would be great if you'd mention several recipes that sound great.

    angelilee91@gmail dot com

  39. Daniela says:

    that carbonara looks amazing…there's nothing better than a good meal with perfect photos to do them justice!


  40. Rebecca says:

    Any chance that you'll post the carbonara recipe soon? All of these look delicious!

  41. Rebecca says:

    For cookbooks, along with the usual ease of preparation/common ingredients/reasonably healthy recipes, I like to have a good index in the back, set out by ingredient. I know, I'm picky but sometimes a good index will help me figure out what to do with all the, say, Swiss chard I got in my CSA box this week.

  42. Melissa : ) says:

    i've heard really good things about this book, like he had actual people make the recipes to get the estimated take prep/cook time. i appreciate that. more than anything, when i read ar eview, i want to know if you followed the directions and whether the recipe turned out as was expected. and what would you do differently in the future. thanks for all the great recipes!

  43. Lynn says:

    YAY! I would LOVE The chance to win! Thanks for the opportunity!


  44. midwestmom3 says:

    That cookbook looks great. Thank you so much!

  45. midwestmom3 says:

    For the cookbook review, I like to know that there a lots of recipes with ingredients that are readily available at my grocery store. Also, that are easy to understand the steps.

  46. bluang3lbby says:

    that shrimp and corn chowder looks so good. i watched when emeril was on martha stewart show about the book. i may have to get a copy myself.

  47. Anonymous says:

    First of all, great review. The pictures look fantastic.
    I like cookbooks that do not have a lot of fancy, expensive ingredients that I have to scour my city for. I like when the recipes are easy to read, straight forward and in cups/Tbsps not grams!![the conversions drive me crazy!] I must be a visual person, because I do like to see a picture of the final product before I make a dish. I also look for recipes that I don't already have or a change to a traditional recipe. I love when there is a story about the dish – knowing how a recipe meant something to someone, always makes me want to try that recipe all the more! Lastly, timeliness – it can't take too long to cook. Wow, I really have some criteria there!

  48. Ingrid says:

    All the dishes look fantastic! Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win a copy!

  49. Tessa says:

    Thanks for giving us a chance to win the book! I'm always looking for quick recipes too as a student

  50. Christina says:

    I flip through a cook book to see first if the recipes appeal to me. Then I check to see how much time is involved and if they are handy ingredients. This book looks like a good one.

  51. Veronica says:

    Emeril brings back good memories for me because my Dad and I used to watch him together during the period after I'd moved out but before I got too busy with my own life to spend idle time with my parents. I'd love to win the cookbook and share it with my Dad! The number one thing I look for in a cookbook is pictures. And lots of them–in color. No pictures, no likey.

  52. Cheryl says:

    Oh my, those Boneless Pork Chops Parmigiana look heavenly. I am such an Emeril fan, I would give my right pinky toe to have this cookbook.

  53. Cheryl says:

    What persuade me to buy a cookbook is mainly pictures. I am a very visual person, so I eat with my eyes first. The kind of thing I look for is a clear and Concise list of ingredients. I look for nutritional values and degree of difficulty. Good luck on the reviews.

  54. The Double Dipped Life says:

    The Linguine Alla Carbonara looks divine! I love cookbooks with lots of pictures, and easy to find ingredients.

  55. Beth says:

    This looks like a great book..and awesome for weeknight meals!

  56. Crystal says:

    My sister used to watch his show, and my then 3 year old niece loved it. She always wanted to watch the "Bam Bam Man"!

  57. Debbie says:

    These recipes look great, especially the soup – can't wait to try them.

  58. Katerina says:

    I don't know if I have ever made an Emeril recipe, I am up for the challenge though.

  59. Mike and Kimmy says:

    I would love a cookbook that tells how much time it will take to cook each recipe. I also look for things that are quicker during the work. Plus the recipes look delicious!

  60. Mythreesons says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Count me in. I'm like you… I look for time involved and ingredients… they need to be things I can esily find at my local grocery store, or I'm not going to bother with it. I think that's why I like your recipes so much!

  61. Heather says:

    Emeril has never let me down! I would love to try these recipes!

  62. Heather says:

    As far as cookbooks are concerned I am always looking for books that have quick and easy recipes with easy to find ingredients or preferably ingredients that are pantry staples.

  63. Eve says:

    Great book. I love emeril, I know this book will be good. shopgurl101@gmail.com

  64. Eve says:

    When I buy cookbooks I look for ones that have simple recipes that I can follow and with quick and easy preparation.

  65. Ashley says:

    These look great! I've never thought of making a pork version of that dish…great post!

  66. Allison says:

    I like every recipe to have a picture and love great photography. I also look for recipes that don't involve ingredients that I can't find at a typical grocery store, farmer's market, or whole foods…

  67. Jenni says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. If I win it's my mom's Christmas gift! She loves Emeril. 🙂

  68. Renee says:

    I hope I win! I love Emeril!

  69. Ashlee & Christian says:

    Oh man, I hope I win! This cookbook looks awesome and I am so ready to try some new recipes, especially these ones.

  70. Ashlee & Christian says:

    Oh man, I hope I win! This cookbook looks awesome and I am so ready to try some new recipes, especially these ones.

  71. saveur says:

    The most persuasive way to convince me to buy a book is how the dishes taste. Most of the time, this is hard to do with a cursory review but it is nice to know how 5 dishes turned out (for real).

  72. BMK says:

    Great review! All the dishes look fantastic.

  73. Space Monkey 1138 says:

    The steak looks yummy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  74. Anonymous says:

    Emeril's book sounds great. Recipes for 20 – 40 – 60 minutes……..great for busy folks. And, who isn't busy these days?

  75. Dan B. says:

    Here's a copy of my post on Twitter.
    Win a copy of Emeril's new book 20-40-60 Fresh food fast http://www.tasteandtellblog.com http://bit.ly/3ubYN9

  76. Rebecca says:

    I look for recipes that don't have too many ingredients that I'd have to go to a specialty store for. I'm always looking for new amazing recipes that won't take me more than 1 hr to make 🙂

  77. LaurenW says:

    I read cookbooks like novels, but when I'm looking to buy one I look for an even ratio of "fancy" to "everyday" recipes so I know I won't only pull it out on holidays, and I'll really get my money's worth!Thanks for a great giveaway! LAphant81@aol.com

  78. suri says:

    I Hope I win this time

  79. suri says:

    what makes me want to buy cookbooks and either the amazing photos which make the food look mouth watering or a preview recipe that sounds to good

  80. ssomerville says:

    Great looking recipes! I love cookbooks!

  81. Jayne says:

    Yummy! I too am a cookbook collector. Hope I win this one!

  82. Jayne says:

    Just shared the info on this contest with friends. Hope I still win!

  83. Jayne says:

    Hmm…what do I look for in a recipe? I try to avoid rare ingredients that I would have to buy special for the recipe.

  84. dadcancook says:

    When deciding to purchase a cookbook I am mostly interested in:
    1. can the recipes be recreated in a home kitchen?
    2. are the ingredients readily available?
    3. what is the time requirement to make the recipe?
    4. are the recipes writen in a clear, easy to follow manner?

  85. Suzy says:

    I've been eying this book and considering buying it. I think its great that you tried so many yum recipes. I will be trying the pork for sure. Great review!

    As for what I would like to see in a book review..trying out recipes is definitely a plus, whether a cookbook has a lot of photos or at least illustrations is always important to me. As you said, time is nice to know. I also am interested in, overall, how common or not the the ingredients are.

  86. Topher says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!


    zekks@yahoo dot com

  87. Junie says:

    Must try the pork recipe, YUM! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  88. Anonymous says:

    I need to see pictures of almost all of the recipes!

    amanda.townsend2 at gmail dot com

  89. Jenna says:

    I'd love to try out a new cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway.

  90. cnuland says:

    Pictures really help me to figure out whether or not I might want to make a recipe – but I think the big decision-maker is the ingredients. I hate running to the store when it's already supper time and I'm hungry.

  91. Sweet and Savory says:

    You did a great job with the recipes.

  92. Sweet and Savory says:

    That is a good question about reviewing a cookbook and what to look for.

    Photos help me a lot. Directions that are written clearly and not in one long paragraph.

    Uncomplicated recipes. I have a busy life and I want recipes to fit into it and recipes that have five bowls on the counter, just don't work.

  93. Amy C says:

    I love recipes that are simple and use fresh ingredients that I usually keep on hand.

  94. ♥ future mrs. brown ♥ says:

    I would love to have Emeril's new cookbook, thanks for the opportunity to win it! If I don't I'll definitely put it on my Christmas wish list (you've already convinced me that I have to have it with the wonderful pictures you posted, they all look so yummy!)

  95. ♥ future mrs. brown ♥ says:

    When I buy a cookbook, I'm like a lot of the other readers who commented, I like lots of pictures 🙂 It helps me to decide if I want to make a recipe if I can see what the end product will look like lol.
    As for your reviews of cookbooks, the only thing that I can think of for you to do differently is to maybe rate each recipe on some sort of scale so we would know how it compares to others that you make.

  96. The Wife says:

    These recipes look easy and delicious!

  97. Jay says:

    Thank for the opportunity to win!! I need all the help in the kitchen I can get!

  98. Rachel says:

    looks like a good cookbook

  99. Sharayah says:

    Yum! All of those pictures are making me hungry.

    emerysmomma (at) gmail (dot) com

  100. mrcarpetc1 says:

    What gets me to buy a cookbook? Great photography, an author I respect (Emeril's the best!!) and sometimes a great recomendation!!

  101. Shandra says:

    I would love to win!!

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  102. Amy Beth says:

    great review, my mouth is watering!

  103. Anonymous says:

    The most important thing in a recipe for me is the ingredient list; it doesn't matter how wonderful it looks (or tastes) if I don't have the ingredients! Sandra

  104. Anonymous says:

    I love pork, and the pork chop parmigian looks fabulous! I think I might even have everything in the house to make it tonight!
    (My non-cookbook-reviewing comment.)

  105. Kevin says:

    Pork chops parmigiana sounds good!

  106. Rupper Family says:

    Mmm…what inspires me to want a cookbook are the pictures. Also, if they came with a scratch and sniff for each recipe I'd dig that as well! -Wendy

  107. Chuck Summerville says:

    Emeril has some great recipes.

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