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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Isle Press; 2 edition (September 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189110523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891105234
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 3 star rating is not based on the quality of the recipes.
B. Marold
I have since bought several other cookbooks by Rachael Ray and am very happy with all of them.
Joyce Rizzo
This book has some recipes that are wonderful and some that sound so extravagant.
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242 of 257 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 30, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This title and three others like it by Rachael Ray in the 'Top 30 30 minute meals' series are, for the content, relatively expensive and inconveniently sized volumes of recipes reprinted from Rachael's previous books. Looking through two of the titles I recognize every recipe I see from earlier books. While Rachael is the nominal author of these books, I fully believe they were assembled by her publisher and a copy editor with maybe a day's input from Miss Rachael for all four books together.

This is becoming a common practice among major cookbook authors, with Mark Bittman's re-releasing his 'How to Cook Everything' in three volumes, cumulatively more expensive than the original book.

One may for a moment equate these books with the music world's 'Best of' releases, but the experience is simply not the same. A 'Best of' album's tracks are based on a genuine audience vote with their purchases and air play. These recipes are simply Rachael's opinion and that of a few of her colleagues. The parallel also breaks down in the sense that listening to, for example, 'The Who's top twelve hits introduces you to a whole new experience of listening to 'My Generation', 'I'm Free', and 'I Can See for Miles' on the same album.

My 3 star rating is not based on the quality of the recipes. It is a warning that these volumes are, in fact, reprints and not new recipes. So, if you already own many or most of Rachael's books already, you may be disappointed if you buy these books.

One other consideration if you do NOT own any of Rachael's books is that for not too much more money, you can get 10 times as many recipes in her 'No Repeats' book of almost all new recipes.

In every way, this is a better purchase than one or all of these minibook samplers.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on December 15, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
These recipes are just knock-offs of the other 30 minute meal books. It's a very small cookbook, maybe a stocking stuffer? But if you own any of her other 30 minute books you've already got every recipe listed. There were very few pictures so you don't know how the recipes are suppose to actually look. Not worth the price. Each book only has 25 recipes or so...expensive per recipe.
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194 of 215 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 30, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This title and three others like it by Rachael Ray in the 'Top 30 30 minute meals' series are, for the content, relatively expensive and inconveniently sized volumes of recipes reprinted from Rachael's previous books. Looking through two of the titles I recognize every recipe I see from earlier books. While Rachael is the nominal author of these books, I fully believe they were assembled by her publisher and a copy editor with maybe a day's input from Miss Rachael for all four books together.

This is becoming a common practice among major cookbook authors, with Mark Bittman's re-releasing his 'How to Cook Everything' in three volumes, cumulatively more expensive than the original book.

One may for a moment equate these books with the music world's 'Best of' releases, but the experience is simply not the same. A 'Best of' album's tracks are based on a genuine audience vote with their purchases and air play. These recipes are simply Rachael's opinion and that of a few of her colleagues. The parallel also breaks down in the sense that listening to, for example, 'The Who's top twelve hits introduces you to a whole new experience of listening to 'My Generation', 'I'm Free', and 'I Can See for Miles' on the same album.

My 3 star rating is not based on the quality of the recipes. It is a warning that these volumes are, in fact, reprints and not new recipes. So, if you already own many or most of Rachael's books already, you may be disappointed if you buy these books.

One other consideration if you do NOT own any of Rachael's books is that for not too much more money, you can get 10 times as many recipes in her 'No Repeats' book of almost all new recipes.

In every way, this is a better purchase than one or all of these minibook samplers.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 12, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
COMFORT FOOD uses Ray's signature 'Top 30 30-minute meals' format for comfort food: it provides a range of dishes from an Italian-style Mac n Cheese with sweet sausage and mushrooms to Lemon-Scented Broccoli and Creamy Corn, stuffed Monte Cristo sandwiches with bacon, cranberry sauce, ham, turkey and cheese, and focuses on dishes which are quick to produce with ingredients common found in the kitchen.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 3, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is small but the recipes were outstanding. I was a skeptic because I thought everyone bought her books because of the show. The first recipe I made was worth the money I spent on the book. It doesn't take up much space either so don't let its size fool you. There aren't many recipes I wouldn't make.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Many young men mainly subsist on cold cereal, take-out pizza, and macaroni and cheese meals they make from a box. How will they ever develop past using the microwave for heating frozen foods? Rachael Ray's small book, 30 30-Minute Meals "Guy Food" can help.

If you already own Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals cookbooks, realize that these meals are reprints from those volumes.

If you are concerned about keeping down your weight, these meals aren't the best. You'll need to substitute lower-calorie versions of some of the ingredients.

But true to Rachael Ray's roots, the choices of spices and the ease of preparation are both very good.

Rachael seems to be assuming that the male chef hasn't spent much time in the kitchen before. The recommendations are unusually simple to prepare. But when I was 20, this small book would have been just about perfect for my skill and confidence level in the kitchen.

Here are some of my favorites in the book:

Outside-in bacon cheeseburgers (I hate the mess that cheese makes when it's on top!
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