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Perfectly timed for the current economy, Mattocks's book provides an assortment of approachable, repertoire-expanding recipes for affordable dinners. The author divides the recipes into practical chapters on popular foods: chicken, meat, fish, eggs, vegetarian dishes, a few desserts. Spices and international flavors keeps things interesting, and recipes like ginger chicken with avocado; Mom's Jamaican curry with dumplings, rice, & peas; pecan-crusted tilapia with mango-salsa salad and coconut rice; and ratatouille with couscous are tempting takes on everyday fare. Each recipe is keyed with a price for two or four servings, but unless readers have well-stocked spice cabinets and pantries, some of the estimates are a little too optimistic: for example, it's tough to believe someone could pull off four servings of sunny shrimp curry, made with a pound of shrimp, peas, two tomatoes, chicken broth, fresh ginger, lime juice, shredded coconut and more for less than $7 total. There's also a little too much repetition—the same tip box shows up in multiple recipes a few pages apart, and most of the pull quotes don't deserve double attention. But among the recipes readers will find more than enough variety to inspire the wallet-friendly habit of cooking at home. (Apr.)
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"Perfectly timed for the current economy, Mattocks’s book provides an assortment of approachable, repertoire-expanding recipes for affordable dinners… readers will find more than enough variety to inspire the wallet-friendly habit of cooking at home." (Publishers Weekly, January 5, 2009)See all Editorial Reviews
I was disappointed when I received this book. It has very few pictures of the recipes and a whole lot of the author doing nothing but hanging out in a grocery store. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ruth Ann Delladio
There were some recipies that looked good, but over all the meals were not something I would want to just grab this book and make.Published on December 27, 2012 by AW
I really can't review the book as it is a Christmas gift and I have not received it yet. One would think that at this time of year it might be advisable to ask for reviews after... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by lakelady
This book has a lot of yummy looking recipes, but I haven't tested any yet! They all have a fairly long list of ingredients and tend to be meat and spice heavy (a lot of them call... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Deanna Johnson