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Product Details

  • Series: Cooking With Trader Joe's
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Bag Publishers; 1 edition (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979938430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979938436
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A priceless collection of recipes for mouthwatering and easy meals for people with hectic schedules who want to eat healthy and delectable meals. 5 stars."
- Examiner.com

A priceless collection of recipes for mouthwatering and easy meals for people with hectic schedules who want to eat healthy and delectable meals. 5 stars. --Examiner.com

More About the Author

We're Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati. We love good food, we love to cook, and we love Trader Joe's. Time and time again, as we shopped the aisles at Trader Joe's, we overheard people saying, "What do you do with quinoa? How do you use tapenade? What goes well with ricotta-stuffed chicken?" Before we knew it, we were writing a cookbook. That was back in 2007 and we're now up to NINE cookbooks in the series!

Lives in: Leucadia, CA a small surf and beach town in San Diego County with the motto "Keep Leucadia Funky." I live here with my two kids (who love to help me cook) and two dogs (who are fascinated by my every move in the kitchen).

1000-foot view: I'm the girl that gardens outside in her bare feet, sings loudly in the car and shower, cries at sad movies, buys pretty aprons but never remembers to put them on, goes from flip-flips to heels but has on occasion forgotten to change out of the flip flops before running off to a dressy event.

Met Wona: In engineering class at MIT. In a roomful of sleep-deprived students in sweats, she was the only one wearing a sundress and a straw hat, perfectly groomed. I rolled my eyes, never guessing we'd be great friends in no time.

My kids, ages 9 and 10: love that I'm a cookbook author and they pitch the book at every opportunity, including to cashiers at other grocery stores.

Secret talents: I can weld, scuba dive, solve differential equations, and almost got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I haven't done any of these in years and might kill myself if I tried any of them now.

In my free time: I'm doing yoga or pottery. If you flip through our cookbook, the handmade pottery is Deana-made.

Want to learn: To Flamenco dance, speak Italian, and do a cartwheel.

Favorite trip: Two weeks of wilderness backpacking in Alaska, the time that I've felt most alive and connected to nature.

Everyone knows: I'm the worst joke-teller in the universe. I can never get the punchline right or I mess up and say it at the wrong time. Meanwhile, I'm laughing so hard I can't get the words out. Friends and family say the process of watching me tell the joke is the only funny part.

Most influential decade: I now realize that I'm a child of the 80's. My children know all the words to "Video killed the Radio Star." On Halloween, when my son asked me how zombies walk, I did the dance from Thriller.

When I was little: I was a very picky eater. I also wouldn't eat beans because I misunderstood the teacher and thought she said that people were "human beans."

Favorite food TV: Top Chef and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I'm fascinated by people who seem to cook effortlessly in someone else's kitchen.

Worst kitchen nightmare: Last night when I tore open a giant bag of brown rice and spilled the entire contents all over the stove and kitchen floor. I'll be finding grains of rice for years...

Favorite kitchen gadgets: I discovered lime squeezers on a trip to Nicaragua. I have never struggled with a lemon or lime since.

Most requested food I make: Stuffed grape leaves. I haven't come up with a Trader Joe's version yet, but if jars of grape leaves ever show up on the shelves, I'll get to work.

Favorite movies: I'm always game for anything Monty Python or Jim Jarmusch. There are certain movies I could watch over and over again such as "Last of the Mohicans", "Princess Bride," and "Sense & Sensibility."

Favorite desserts: Anything involving dark chocolate, rosewater, or cardamom.

Favorite local eats: Swami's Cafe, Haggo's Tacos, or The Roxy. My kids always vote for sushi.

It surprises people to know that: Wona and I both cooked all our baby food from scratch.

When I need cooking inspiration: I call Wona or my Mom. They're both always exploring new recipes or have some great wow-factor tip on presentation.

If you see me at Trader Joe's: I will occasionally stare at an item on the shelf for minutes on end. I'm not crazy, just trying to come up with a good recipe.

Customer Reviews

I had the original Cooking with Trader Joe's cookbook and really liked that one, but I LOVE this one.
Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to shop for groceries, so when I found this book that uses TJ products, I knew I had to have it.
Dilcia Y. Rokusek
I am not the greatest cook in the world, but every single recipe I have tried from this book has been delicious and easy to make.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Chung on April 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have owned "Cooking with all Things Trader Joe's" (the authors' first cookbook - the original of the TJ's cookbooks genre) for a few years now which I thought was an excellent cookbook - we still use recipes from that cookbook regularly. I was initially excited to see some other copy-cat cookbooks released (like "I love TJ's") which were ok but didn't really stand up to the original, and after buying the 3rd one of these "me-too" type books and not being impressed, I felt like the whole category was starting to go downhill. So when this cookbook was released I kind of assumed it was just more of the same and didn't bother getting one. A family member, knowing how much I liked the original cookbook, gave me one as a present. So since I posted a review of the original, I felt like I should give my two cents on this latest TJ's cookbook.

I guess if I were to sum it up, I would simply say (surprisingly) "excellent again!". This cookbook reminded me of all the reasons why I thought the original was so great. It has a large color picture of *every* recipe, so I know what the dish is supposed to look like when I'm done. The hardcover binding is of high quality and the book stays open on the page that I'm reading on its own (as opposed to some other cookbooks where I have to use my salt and pepper shakers as a paper weights to keep the pages from flipping). They give a time estimate for every recipe which helps me decide if I have enough time to prepare it, and the majority of recipes are still in the 20-30min range. They make good use of TJ's "half-prepped" ingredients and sauces which allow you to whip up a gourmet meal in a fraction of the time it would take if you made all sauces from scratch. They bring out some great TJ's ingredients which I never knew existed.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marcy Rosenthal on October 28, 2010
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Just when I think Deana and Wona's cookbooks can't get any better they came out with Dinner's Done!, and make my life even easier than before. The recipes are easy and delicious, the photos are lovely and now there is nutritional info for people who want to know more.
This book will make a perfect holiday gift for people who love Trader Joe's, for those who are new to the store, and for anyone who loves to eat yummy food that is easy to prepare
Thank you for another great cookbook, and also for including a few of my recipes too
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle R. on November 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook is one of the best cookbooks I have used, and this is from the point of view of someone who loves to cook and has attended schools of cooking such as Le Cordon Bleu Paris. What I really like about the book is the fact that the recipes are simple, accurate, very practical and yet elegant. It is a different approach to cooking that encourages you to discover new ingredients and enjoy cooking whether it's just for yourself, or your family and friends. It is the only cookbook that I have seen that is basically for all occasions and for every level of cooking. I have tried quite a few of them. I found the dishes healthy and and the same time very delicious. The book also educates you to know and recognize the products at Trader Joe's and how to use them in recipes and your daily cooking. I actually had invited a couple for dinner last night, and with my busy schedule I really didn't have a lot of time to spend on grocery shopping and cooking, but I wanted the dinner to be nice. Early afternoon, I took the book with me and I did all my shopping in one spot, Trader Joe's. That evening I made Crab on cucumber boats as the appetizer and Hello Portobello as the first course. For the main dish I made Mediterranean baked fish,and dessert was Baked Pearfection, light and elegant. Dinner was wonderful and easy, and my guests finished every last bite.
I am amazed of the low price of the cookbook, such a good value. I also know what to give as Christmas presents this year. I usually don't comment a lot but I thought I should share this experience with others.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Allen on November 17, 2010
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This cookbook is great. I love the pictures and the nutritional stats. All the recipes I've tried so far have been wonderful (I've made about 6 or 7). I would def recommend this to anyone who loves Trader Joes. The recipes are easy enough for anyone to do and don't take a lot of time. This is great for anyone like me who has to work all day long and doesn't feel like spending all night in the kitchen. Highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AFL on July 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My husband is our unofficial family cook and a TJ's devotee. When I found "The Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook: Dinner's Done!" at a local bookstore while shopping for his Father's Day gift, I immediately stopped browsing and headed to the checkout with the book in hand. Indeed, my husband was at least as excited to receive this cookbook as I was to give it, and the book has lived up to our excitement. Not only can every recipe in this book be constructed solely from items found at our local TJ's, which saves us shopping time, every recipe we've made has been excellent. Let's face it, some cookbooks that focus on convenience cooking talk a good game, but fail to deliver recipes that taste as good as they appear on paper. Not this one! The recipes in Dinner's Done are streamlined enough to prepare on a busy weeknight, yet they are sophisticated enough to serve to weekend guests.

If you cook for the kid set, it's good to know that the recipes in this cookbook are family-friendly, yet the book is free of recipes designed to appeal to kids but not their parents. I'm tired of recipes for smiley-face pizzas and endless permutations of mac n' cheese. Though Dinner's Done is mercifully free of such fare, my 5-year-old daughter loves looking at this cookbook. She enjoys picking out recipes which she can assist us in preparing, and she's excited to eat the results. She is a very picky eater, so any cookbook that gets her excited about eating dinner is a winner in my eyes.

If you're looking for a cookbook full of delicious, quick-to-prepare, and healthy recipes that will appeal to the whole family, this is it. I can't recommend this cookbook enough.
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