Making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun.
Fresh Tastes, the follow-up to Lee’s critically acclaimed cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, features a unique collection of recipes chosen for their flavor, reliability, accessible ingredients, ease of preparation and sophisticated presentation.
From delectable appetizers and creative salads to surprisingly easy-to-prepare main courses and luscious desserts, each recipe in Fresh Tastes was evaluated by a multitude of testers across the country, with varying levels of expertise, appliances and even at different altitudes. Only the best, most flavorful, eye catching dishes made the cut.
The combination of updated classics and contemporary fare will inspire you to create fresh, delicious and sophisticated dishes—and empower you to explore your own creativity in the kitchen.
From a family meal to a dinner fit for guests, Lee Clayton Roper’s recipes are creative, seasonal and approachable for home cooks of all tastes and skills.Kimberly Lord Stewart Denver Life Magazine food editor, and author of Eating Between The Lines
What makes this book special — at least for those who live in Denver — is the glimpse it gives into the lives and tastes of others. Lee grew up in a prominent family and thus made some equally prominent friends, all of whom were terrific cooks. The late Dorothy Hartwell’s potato salad, for example, was a tradition at the Hartwell family’s summer dinner. Missy Eliot’s Spiced Bacon Twists are served at the ornament exchange brunch that Missy hosts every year, and Diane Reeder introduced Lee to her Pureed Black Bean Soup during a ski club outing. I have made each of them and can vouch for the taste treat that they are. Lee’s husband, Robert Roper, figures prominently, too. His recipes for the Perfect Manhattan and the Perfect Martini are bookmarked for my holiday entertaining, and for an upcoming potluck lunch I am going to contribute the egg salad and smoked salmon on a toasted bagel that Lee created for him. The book also includes helpful tips (“Sometimes a can of organic tomatoes adds more flavor than an out-of-season fresh one”) and sample menus for such occasions as a Valentine’s Day Dinner, Easter Brunch or a Memorial Day Get-Together. This is one cookbook you won’t want to miss!Joanne Davidson Freelance Writer and former society editor for The Denver Post
Lee’s passion for life is tied closely to her love of cooking, entertaining, family, and friends. In this beautiful book, Lee shares her passion through personal stories of friendship, captivating photographs, and delectable recipes with easily sourced ingredients. A must-have in every home cook’s library!Christy Rost Public Television Chef, Executive Producer, Cookbook Author
Fresh Tastes, Lee Clayton Roper’s follow up to her award winning cookbook, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, is simply terrific. A highly curated collection of recipes, cooking tips and inspirations, this cookbook offers the home gourmet the keys to smart entertaining, with dishes that are easy to prepare, beautiful to serve, and sure to wow friends and family every time.Pat Miller Denver’s Gabby Gourmet
When A Well-Seasoned Kitchen® came out a couple of years ago, it quickly became a family favorite. I have no doubt that Fresh Tastes will take its place right next to the original.Amanda M. Faison food editor, 5280 Magazine