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Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day Paperback – May 13, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618440291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618440290
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Break out of the fast-food burgers and shrink-wrapped sandwiches rut. "Fresh food is more convenient than packaged," Marie Simmons says, and luckily for us she provides more than 200 recipes to prove her point. Add variety to the your dull culinary palette and reawaken your palate with such recipes as Crisp-Fried Soft Shell Crab, Black Bean and Vegetable Burrito, and Roasted Tomato and Fresh Corn Soup. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Life is too short to waste on a bad meal, suggests Simmons, coauthor (with Richard Sax) of Lighter, Quicker, Better. Drawing from her syndicated weekly newspaper column, she sets about to liberate home cooks from the processed tastes of convenience foods. Some 250 recipes showcase fresh ingredients in such uncomplicated dishes as Quick-Chilled Cumin-Scented Fresh Tomato and Corn Soup, Oven-Roasted Halibut with Herb Citrus Vinaigrette and Crystallized Ginger Ice Cream wtih Red Plum Sauce. Cooking times can run to close to an hour (as in Honey-Glazed Orange and Rosemary Chicken or Sesame Brown Rice Pilaf with Garlic and Vegetables), but preparation times are generally 10 to 15 minutes. The pasta recipes feature streamlined, tried and true combinations (e.g., Penne Rigate with Asparagus, Prosciutto and Mushrooms). The chapter devoted to sandwiches proves that a little attention and ingenuity can lift this common luncheon fare to full dinner status: Pan-Grilled Smoked Turkey, Fontina, Bacon and Avocado; Sliced Pork Loin Sandwich with Fennel, Garlic and Roasted Pepper. Side boxes review basic techniques and suggest recipe variations. Straightforward directions, generally short, affordable ingredient lists and suggestions for staples make this a valuable collection for novice and veteran cooks who want to prepare tasty, preservative-free meals. The Good Cook/BOMC and Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Award winning cookbook author, Marie Simmons, is a cooking school teacher, passionate cook and the author of over 20 cookbooks including Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal, Fig Heaven, The Amazing World of Rice, Things Cooks Love (Sur La Table) and The James Beard Award winner, The Good Egg. Her latest cookbook, Taste of Honey, will be published June 2013.
www.mariesimmons.com

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Everything is so simple and sooooo good!!!
Debbie Covey
It is so fabulous that even though it is a side dish, I usually will make it as a main course for my family.
S. M. Schreiber
Especially love and use the lemon garlic chicken breasts.
Phyllis Ruscillo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marcia on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love to cook, have many, many cookbooks, but this is, by far, the one I turn to over and over. My whole family loves everything in it. Creative vegetable dishes, wonderful ideas for fish, new takes on pastas and salads. And, everything is fresh, no processed, packaged food. Hooray!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Schreiber on February 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
That's because I am constantly reaching for it! I love this book. And you should know that I hate to cook. Really. But I do love to eat, and this book marries those two opposing characteristics beautifully.

One of my favorite things about this book is that the recipes are simple enough for a true novice such as myself to tweak without fear of crashing the dish. I have scribbled my own notes all throughout the pages on things I have tried and added and truly enjoyed. One of my favorite recipes is for rice with broccoli and parmesano-reggiano cheese. It is so fabulous that even though it is a side dish, I usually will make it as a main course for my family.

This is the best cookbook I ever expect to own.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jnewton@interlog.com on February 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I buy more cookbooks than I ought to, and, while I cook a great deal, somehow never seem to give my new purchases a thorough workout - but this cookbook is the exception. I use it very frequently, and love it. The recipes actually are very fast, but it's the interesting and delicious flavours that impress me, in combination with the speed of preparation. Havn't found a problem recipe. (My husband likes to cook from this book, too.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Smith on March 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
The recipes are without exception delicious. The descriptions of the times involved for preparation, cooking, and so forth are accurate, and the recipes that need more time are also clearly labeled. Now...this cookbook will make you feel inspired! Get this book! I've bought it for all my friends and for my daughter and they all love it. Not to mention it's got the best fudge sauce in the world in it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I tried this at the library first, and after a few recipes I knew I had to purchase it. The recipes are truly fast - most take under 30 minutes, although some take up to 45 minutes. They are also easy and delicious.
When I have some perishable food on hand that I want to use up while still fresh I scan this book for ideas. It will often have a recipe that only involves a few other ingredients that I can use. I also use it when my cupboard is a little bare, because there are recipes in here that use only staples that I usually have on hand.
I haven't tried every recipe in this book, but eventually I will try most of them. So far two of my absolute favorites are the Stir-Fried Chicken, Green Beans and Walnuts and the Carmelized Banana with Rich Chocolate Fudge Sauce. It was the easiest fudge sauce recipe I've even seen, and it was one of the most delicious.
I will probably be purchasing this book as a gifts for others, because I think most people could find enough recipes in here that they would work into their cooking on a regular basis.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Simmons contends that fresh foods are more convenient than packaged and sets out to prove it with this seasonal approach to quick meals. Most meals can be on the table in an hour or less, each is accompanied with preparation and cooking times, and a "plan ahead" box alerts cooks to any extra steps such as marinating, cooling or the use of cooked ingredients.

Simmons, known for her monthly Bon Appetit column and numerous books, such as 'Lighter Quicker Better', has organized the book by course. Recipes are listed at the beginning of each section and further broken down for convenience. Salads, for instance, are listed as main dish (Black Bean and Yellow Rice with Fresh Corn and Tomatoes; Spinach, Shrimp and Warm New Potato), side dish (Couscous with Confetti Vegetables; Tomato, Sweet Onion and Fresh Mint), and "when you have more time."
Sandwiches range from the exotic (Crisp-Fried Soft-Shell Crab with Spicy Tahini) to the sublime (Tomato, Basil and Mayonnaise on Toasted English Muffin), and main dish chapters include pasta (with Arugula, Olives and Fresh Tomatoes), Poultry and other Meats (Stir-Fried Chicken, Green Beans and Walnuts) Seafood (Baked Scallops with Bacon, Sauteed Apples and Cider Sauce), Grains and Beans (Curried Lentils and Vegetables).
Her vegetable chapter (Warm Beet Salad with Wilted Greens; Roasted Zucchini Vinaigrette with Basil and Mint, Roasted Summer Vegetables) is extensive and includes menu ideas for making a meal of vegetables.
A highly useful and practical book for any season, accompanied by two sections of artfully composed photos, with tips and ideas throughout.
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