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The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time

The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time

Chef Bill Briwa,
The Culinary Institute of America

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The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time

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Chef Bill Briwa,
The Culinary Institute of America
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3.8 out of 5
27 Reviews
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Course Overview

We’d all love to create the same wholesome, delicious meals that professional chefs make. But the one thing that often prevents us from doing so: lack of time.

While a lot of TV shows and cookbooks out there focus on quick and simple meals, what they tend to skip is teaching you the actual time-saving techniques themselves. It’s not the 5-minute breakfast or the 30-minute dinner that matters; it’s being able to use the same skills, strategies, and tricks that chefs use so you can make every meal you cook not just great tasting—but an efficient use of your personal time.

The secrets to making great meals in less time are simple and easy to learn. And once you’ve mastered them, you’ll be able to

  • use your time more effectively in the kitchen,
  • enhance your cooking skills with a range of everyday items,
  • avoid giving in to the temptation—and poor nutrition—of fast food, and
  • discover just how enriching and rewarding the experience of cooking can be.

And the best part: These techniques can be applied to every meal and almost every dish imaginable, whether you’re cooking for yourself or for that next big dinner party.

In The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time, award-winning Chef-Instructor Bill Briwa of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America gets you off the fast-food treadmill to learn tips, techniques, recipes, and simple ingredients to keep on hand for quick, healthy meals that will delight your family and friends. These six innovative and practical lessons, filmed on location at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley, are your chance to learn the time-saving secrets of chefs so you can make tasty and rewarding dishes—from appetizers to main courses to desserts—whenever you’re strapped for time.

Time-Saving Insights to Cook Smarter

As Chef Briwa demonstrates throughout this course, the secret to making great meals in less time is learning how to cook and think about kitchen tools and ingredients as professional chefs do working in their own kitchens, where time is always of the essence. His goal is not just to teach you how to cook faster, but how to cook smarter. And by cooking smarter, you’ll turn out better-quality food and enjoy your efforts more, meal after meal.

Every lesson of Making Great Meals in Less Time is filled with insights you can return to again and again whenever you crave a home-cooked meal but are pressed for time.

  • Divide kitchen time into parts: Mentally separate your time into three parts to help make cooking more manageable. The first part should be for prepping ingredients and getting things started; the second for keeping up with different tasks; and the third for finishing your dishes—putting the focus on the details of seasoning and presentation, where it belongs.
  • Use what you already have: There is an untapped wealth of cooking ideas right in your pantry or fridge. Chef Briwa suggests getting creative (and economical) by using what’s already around you, such as leftovers and canned or jarred items. Then, all you need to do is incorporate a single fresh ingredient to elevate your meal into something spectacular.
  • It’s OK to buy dessert: Keep dinner parties simple by ending the meal with store-bought desserts such as small pastries or ice cream with a spectacular sauce and favorite cookies. That way, you can focus your time and effort on cooking a spectacular main course—while still giving guests something sweet afterward.

Delicious Recipes from an Expert Chef

Of course, a highlight of this course is the recipes themselves. In Making Great Meals in Less Time, Chef Briwa provides you with many recipes that you can add to your collection or enhance with your own personal touches.

Some of the dishes and meals you’ll learn how to make include

  • breakfast fried rice, complete with eggs and mushrooms;
  • hearty clam chowder, with variations featuring corn and fish; and
  • panzanella, an Italian bread salad tossed with tomatoes and fresh herbs.

Making Great Meals in Less Time allows you to follow Chef Briwa step by step as he prepares, cooks, and plates these and many other magnificent, good-for-you dishes and meals. And the course comes complete with a guidebook featuring recipes, techniques, and full-color photos.

As soon as you start the first lesson, you’ll immediately learn why so many lifelong learners have praised Chef Briwa’s ability to make cooking look engaging, exciting, and easy for any interested home cook. And he brings his more than 30 years of cooking and instruction experience into every minute of this series.

So whether you’re cooking for an everyday meal or a special occasion, take the stress out of your kitchen and discover just how rewarding it can be to make delicious home-cooked meals in less time.

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6 lectures
 |  33 minutes each
  • 1
    Into the Mind of a Chef
    Discover that the secret to making great meals in less time lies in thinking like a chef. Here, you’ll learn several techniques for turning out restaurant-quality food without all the stress, including a braised osso buco that almost cooks itself and a risotto that requires only 20 minutes of your undivided attention. x
  • 2
    Launching the Day
    Take the hassle out of making what’s undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. Chef Briwa shows you different recipes and ideas for putting together a quick and well-rounded breakfast, including a basic muffin recipe, whole-grain cereal with fruit and nuts, and a traditional Chinese fried rice, just right for breakfast. x
  • 3
    One Fresh Thing
    Learn how to cook with what’s on hand in your house—and elevate it with a simple fresh ingredient or two. By cooking with canned beans, jarred pesto, leftover bread, “planned overs,” and more, you’ll be able to create dishes ranging from a hearty frittata to a fresh take on minestrone soup. x
  • 4
    Evolution of a Quick Dish
    Focus on making—and adding your own personal touches to—a basic chowder recipe, a classic quick and filling meal. As Chef Briwa takes you step by step through this dish, he demonstrates how to make your chowders special by using everything from chorizo to fish to corn. x
  • 5
    What Makes a Meal?
    Even simple dishes that don’t take much time can be well-rounded, unforgettable meals. Discover how to transform items as simple as cheese, grapes, tomatoes, a head of cauliflower, and a bunch of endives into multilayered, complete meals that will excite your palate and show off your kitchen skills. x
  • 6
    A Chef Entertains
    How can you make cooking for others more enjoyable? Break down the menu for a dinner party into more manageable tasks. Find out how to remove the stress from a multicourse meal for a group featuring several appetizers, a bread salad, steak with chimichurri sauce, plank-roasted salmon, and a surprisingly simple dessert. x

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Bill Briwa
The Culinary Institute of America
A popular chef-instructor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Bill Briwa has worked in the hospitality business as a professional chef and culinary instructor for experts and laypeople around the world for more than 30 years. He was the resident chef for The Hess Collection Winery in the Napa Valley, California; the executive chef for The Wine Spectator Restaurant at the CIA at Greystone; and an officer on the board...
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The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course and Instructor Bill Briwa is down to earth, he knows his subject well, and he does a great job presenting his ideas. This course shows how to prepare a good meal with minimal effort, mostly using ingredients that are likely to be on hand. Briwa shows examples of this, but the important thing for viewers is to learn Briwa's philosophy of how to prepare a good meal. The value on 6-lecture courses is not good, compared to other courses, because the cost per lecture for this format is so much higher, even when someone purchases the download only option. Aside from that, this is an excellent course.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Thought the course might be directed to the busy, perhaps working, individual who is pressed to present a decent meal in short order. Maybe, even, the person doesn't have time to shop everyday, so working out of the pantry, what could they make. Instead, exotic ingredients not found in what I think is the normal pantry. He initially tried to to stress the time to make the dish, but then totally forgot to think of the person who doesn't have cleaned and chopped vegetables at the ready.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed Host is annoying and makes meals that are not really that healthy and don't even seem like they taste that great. This must have been made about 10 years ago
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not up to expctations. Does not teach how to make meals in less time than similar meals, thus it did not serve the purpose for which we purchased it. I was disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not so fast meals Bill is entertaining as ever but his choice of meals prepared was neither quick nor inspiring.
Date published: 2016-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing quick about the recipes he teaches One of the main dishes from the fist video took 3 hours, and most of what he shows is not even a full meal, it is just the main dish. There is a total disregard for the fact that we would have to do all the prep work versus having a bunch of ingredients fully prepped as he does. For a quick breakfast, make batter and bake muffins? Or stove-made 7 grain cereal, where you have to toast sesame seeds first, grind spices in a spice grinder? For another meal, make beans after soaking them for 1.5 hours? The only things that were at all quick relied on us having things like leftover pesto, etc. on hand. I expected this to be about how to create a full meal in ~30 minutes or so, and though I've only watched the first 3, I've found nothing useful for that.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to the world of cooking I decided to investigate cooking after 70 years of taking the easy way out. This six lesson course was enough of an intro for me to purchase two additional courses. Chef Briwa presented the various meals in a manner that was easy to understand. He presented the course material in a way I could understand yet not be intimidated. The only suggestion I might make is recipes for the single person and not a family setting.
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "Less time" does not live up to its billing. The grilled cheese, for example, takes much longer than a traditional one. Obtaining ingredients is also time consuming. Ten-grain cereals?! Get real.
Date published: 2016-07-11
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