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A Flash in the Pan: Fast, Fabulous Recipes in a Single Skillet Paperback – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811835782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811835787
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Elaborating on the meal-in-a-pot theme, Dojny and Barnard (AMA Family Health Cookbook) offer quick recipes that can be cooked in a skillet, which they redefine to include the sauté pan. The authors, who write a monthly column for Bon Appétit magazine, begin by advising how to choose the right cookery. Lemon Asparagus Chicken Stir Fry, for instance, can be cooked in minutes in a heavy skillet, as can Cumin-Crusted Pork Paillards with Mojo Pan Sauce; Tuscan sausages and Cannellini Beans on Arugula is best sautéed in a deep, covered pan. Caruso's full-color photos beautifully display such dishes as Thai Fish Bouillabaisse, which is made with coconut milk and red curry paste, or Pan-Seared and Braised Veal Chops Provencal. Dojny and Barnard also cover plenty of timesaving meatless dishes, such as Tunisian Eggplant and Chickpea Ragout; Meatless Mexican Monte Cristo sandwiches; and several varieties of the ultimate skillet meal, the omelet.
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From Booklist

People who live in small apartments have no room to store multiple pots and pans in all sizes. They also don't have huge stoves where they can simmer, fry, and saute all at the same time. Brooke Dojny and Melanie Bernard address this issue in A Flash in the Pan . The only cooking equipment recipes in this book require is a single skillet. Thus, many of the recipes resemble stir-frys. Chicken breast strips and asparagus combine with garlic and lemon. Beef, peppers, broccoli, and onions marry in hoisin sauce. Some recipes, such as Swedish Meatballs, require a bowl for mixing. Others produce quick versions of classics on the order of sauerbraten and corned beef hash. Best of all, these simple recipes will inspire the imaginative to substitute ingredients to create personalized meals. Mark Knoblauch
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More About the Author

Brooke Dojny is an award-winning food journalist and cookbook author with a specialty in writing about New England food. Her recent books on the subject are The New England Cookbook (1999), The New England Clam Shack Cookbook (2003, revised 2008), Dishing Up Maine (2006), New England Home Cooking (2011), and Lobster! (2012).

Brooke began her career as a chef-caterer for Martha Stewart and also contributed to Martha's first book, Entertaining, which is when she caught the cookbook-writing bug. In the 1980s, she worked for the original COOK'S Magazine as a recipe tester and developer, equipment tester, and assistant food stylist. Teaming up with Melanie Barnard, another COOK'S freelancer, the duo launched a syndicated newspaper column and, in 1985, published their first cookbook, Sunday Suppers, which was nominated for an IACP award. Several other titles followed, including Let's Eat In and Parties! (both nominated for James Beard awards), and The AMA Family Cookbook which was a James Beard Award winner in 1998. In 1998 Brooke won the Newman's Own/Good Housekeeping recipe contest (in the food professional category) and had the pleasure of donating her $10,000 winnings to charity. She has made numerous television and radio appearances around the country.

For many years, Brooke and Melanie co-wrote "Every Night Cooking," a regular monthly column in Bon Appetit Magazine. Brooke's work has appeared in Food & Wine, Saveur, and Cooking Light. She currently writes a weekly column in the Portland Press Herald and is a frequent contributor to Down East Magazine. She lives on the coast of Maine where she can be found hanging out at farmers' markets and lobster pounds. You can visit her author page at wwww.facebook.com/brookedojny.


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Gave it as part of a group of cookbooks for a wedding gift and it's her favorite.
Terrie Sherrow
The recipes are easy to follow, varied enough for every taste and absolutely delicious.
JB
I love to cook new recipes and have a ton of cookbooks and this is my FAVORITE one!!!
Jamie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Annoyed User on January 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
My husband bought this cookbook for me, and of all the cookbooks that we tried, this turned out to be my favorite cookbook that I use the often. Reasons are many -- many dishes look fancy but are often easy to do and taste very fabulous, and they usually don't require hard-to-find ingredients. Another plus is that you don't use a lot of pans and stuff -- you just use the same skillet for everything (though you'll need to transfer some foods to a waiting dish for some recipes).
Also, though the cookbook isn't considered low-carb, many recipes are suitable for people who can't eat high carb and friendly to people who follow whole food/paleo diets like we do. Also, thankfully, the cookbook authors don't seem to have hangups about using good fats, such as butter and olive oil.
Our favorite recipes are: steak with sherried mushrooms and fennel pork chops with charred lemons. Also fabulous is the lamb with mint-garlic-caper sauce.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karri M. Rahkonen on August 15, 2007
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The meals in this book are perfect for two, and you don't need to be Cordon Bleu trained to make them. You can get a good idea about what the product will be before you make it through the fantastic photography and great descriptions. It's full of useful tips for making your day-to-day cooking easier and have better results. If you aren't into spending all day in the kitchen, but want to eat well, this is a must-have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By peace2u on June 21, 2007
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A Flash in the Pan is a great cookbook. There are several things I love about it. The recipes produce delicious results. Two of my favorites are the Tuscan Sausage and Beans and the Red Snapper with Warm Mango Salsa. The recipes, while simple and easy to follow, are really nice for entertaining as well. Recommendations are made as to what to serve as side dishes. You only use one skillet or one pot. I can always prepare a very nice yet quick meal using this book. It's one of my favorites and I have a great selection of cook books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PLB on October 18, 2009
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I am a collector of cookbooks and an avid cook. Out of all the cookbooks I have ever purchased this is my favorite. I have tried many of the recipes and they have been wonderful. It is worth buying the book for the Skillet Spinach Pesto Lasagne Recipe alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blondarella on July 5, 2008
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If you are cooking in a confined space such as a small RV or boat this is a great cookbook. Most RV oriented cookbooks have conventional, uninteresting recipes that rely heavily on processed ingredients, and are not very healthy. This book features gourmet style, but easy to prepare recipes that are healthy and tasty. My RV has a small two-burner stove, and I can make any of these recipes easily. Also nice are the recommendations for side dishes to go with the main courses. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on October 15, 2012
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This is my second copy of Flash in the Pan. Now that I am retired and cooking more frequently, I find that I use this book two or three times a week. I am taking a second copy with me when I head south for the winter. The recipes are easy to follow, varied enough for every taste and absolutely delicious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. H. on October 4, 2012
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Of the five recipes we tried, three of them are things I wrote down to make again. The other two weren't bad, they just weren't keepers.

Some general thoughts on the cookbook- Most of the cooking times seemed short to me. It almost always took a bit longer than they suggested, or perhaps I don't turn my burner hot enough. A lot of the recipes include red or white wine, which I enjoy but some people don't. None of them had crazy hard to find ingredients (and I live in the middle-of-nowhere-South Dakota, so I can speak to this.) While the recipes themselves only used one pan (plus chopping board and often a plate to remove the meat to while making sauce), they aren't all complete meals on their own. I always made a side of rice or potatoes or veggies or something. The cookbook is terrific in that it suggests the perfect sides to round out the meal. I'm really happy that I checked it out.
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