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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543142
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Practical tips trump celebrity gloss in this handy first offering from Bushman, owner of a Nevada cooking school and a syndicated TV cook. Bushman swears "cooking even a couple of times a week will make you happier." Her formula for achieving domestic bliss—choosing simple, fresh ingredients that stimulate the senses while offering a healthful alternative to prepared food and takeout—isn't news, but the 150 recipes offer some pleasingly creative ways of transforming basic ingredients, seen in such recipes as Penne with Puttanesca Sauce, as well as "spa" recipes like Linguine with Tomato-Fennel Sauce, which offers a fancier alternative for only marginally more prep time. While the book's 23 chapters present an array of cuisines, with chapters on how to prepare simple Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean meals, Bushman also pays tribute to unfussy comfort foods like Quick Macaroni and Cheese. Bushman's casual, fun approach to dining (relax, let your senses guide you, eat breakfast at dinner time if it makes you happy) should appeal to busy cooks. Photo insert not seen by PW.
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Bushman and her husband run a cooking school called the Nothing to It! Culinary Center in Reno, NV, and she is the host of “Nothing to It” television cooking spots.  Her first book presents 150 recipes for busy cooks, with dozens of tips and hints to make their lives easier, from how to organize the pantry to what to look for when buying poultry.  Organized into 20 some small chapters, from “Wrap It Up!” to “The Asian Express,” the recipes are an electric selection; many seem rather familiar.  For area libraries and large general collections. (Library Journal, June 15, 2004)

"Practical tips trump celebrity gloss in this handy first offering from Bushman, owner of a Nevada cooking school and a syndicated TV cook. Bushman swears "cooking even a couple of times a week will make you happier." Her formula for achieving domestic bliss—choosing simple, fresh ingredients that stimulate the senses while offering a healthful alternative to prepared food and takeout—isn't news, but the 150 recipes offer some pleasingly creative ways of transforming basic ingredients, seen in such recipes as Penne with Puttanesea Sauce, as well as "spa" recipes like Linguine with Tomato-Fennel Sauce, which I offers a fancier alternative for only marginally more prep time. While the book's 23 chapters present an array of cuisines, with chapters on how to prepare simple Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean meals, Bushman also pays tribute to unfussy comfort foods like Quick Macaroni and Cheese. Bushman's casual, fun approach to dining (relax, let your senses guide you, eat breakfast at dinner time if it makes you happy) should appeal to busy cooks. Photo insert not seen by PW. Agent, Stacey Glick. (July)
Forecast: Bushman offers a great value, covering ethnic cuisine, vegetarian entrees, kids' snacks, sandwiches, etc. However, she's competing with many other books by TV cooks with higher profiles, so sales could prove challenging." (Publishers Weekly, June 7, 2004)

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Easy to follow, great recipes, wonderful tasting meals.
m p.
Lots of recipes that make for good meal planning and I even enjoyed the kids menus and pantry planning.
PurpleMartin
Just got home last night from a cooking class featuring Jennifer Bushman and this book.
Penny

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penny on September 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Wow - what a little dynamo. Just got home last night from a cooking class featuring Jennifer Bushman and this book. It was fantastic! And, from such a tiny little woman ... I had never heard of Ms. Bushman as her show has not yet made it to Texas, but signed up for her class because it sounded like it would be fun. It was one of the best I've been to lately (and I go to a lot of cooking classes). She made (and we ate) the Chicken, Avocado, Bacon, Spinach & Tomato Club Wrap w/ Pumpkin Fries; Gorgonzola, Escarole, Garlic & Roasted Pepper Pizza; Chicken Nicoise Salad w/ Walnuts & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette; Fresh Crab Tacos; Rotelli w/ Roasted Asparagus, Mushrooms & Shaved Parmesan and Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins. I'm still full. I wanted to devour every word of her book when I got home last night, but had to turn in as work beckoned today. I am ready to curl up with it this evening! Ms. Bushman was such an inspiration - made me want to cook great meals every single night of the week and made it seem entirely possible. FYI ... she told us she's scheduled to be on the Today Show October 10. I can't wait to start cooking from this book - and I can't wait for the next one. Hope she'll return to San Antonio to cook from that one for us!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina R. Reid on July 24, 2004
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Absolutely the best book I have come across for preparing dishes with a lot of pizzaz, using ingredients found at the local market, with a minimum of effort A must for the busy cook, whether they are cooking for a family, have invited friends over during the week or just want to spice up a simple meal for one or two.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janelle Mousel-Turnier on December 2, 2004
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As a mother of two picky under 8-year old boys this cookbook has been a treasure. My kids enjoy helping whip these dinners, lunches and breakfasts up with me and on top of that they enjoy eating them also.

We now have banana pancakes with honey-butter for breakfast instead of the usual high fat, high sugar, low nutrient breakfast cereals. They enjoy sandwiches other than pb&j for lunch (and yes, they are no-trade lunches as the title of the chapter says!) with veggies and a little dipping sauce. Our dinners are not as stressful for me because Jennifer teaches you how to stalk your pantry so you can get home and answer that age-old question "What's for dinner?" in a matter of minutes by surveying your supplies. Jennifer's cookbook brings the fun back to the kitchen. Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Mills on August 5, 2004
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I picked this book up last week and was delighted with its' contemporary layout and user friendly design. Jennifer's suggestions, pantry list and chapter division address the issues of familes who really want to cook and enjoy a meal together. I found her recipes inspiring and the results delicious. I made the crab tacos, the blt wrap, the portabello stacks, the gorgonzola pizzas, the chocolate chip cookies and the PBJ muffins all to rave review by family and friends. She stresses seasonal fresh ingredients and her recipes exhibit rock solid technique. Move over Rachel and Martha. The Kitchen Coach is the best thing to happen to the contemporty cook in a long long time! The cookies are amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. on July 28, 2004
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From the book's printed foremat to the host of practical tips, this is a must have for home cooks of all levels. This book stays open, for example, without breaking it's spine. The instructions are in ordinary English, not cook speak, and the results are extra-ordinary. You are constantly amazed at what you can do. I have done, and have watched friends do, seemingly simple meals that looked and tasted like the best chef's prepared them. Don't believe what I have said? It won't cost much to find out!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Grizzle on August 4, 2004
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Jennifer Bushman's cookbook reads like a letter from a good friend. The conversational tone she uses to describe recipes and preparation will put you at ease in the kitchen, especially when you're trying to cook during a busy week. Bushman offers lots of common-sense advice, kitchen organizing tips and also denotes each of her recipes as "easy preparation," "make ahead," "take along," "no cooking needed" or "something special" (for those rare nights when you have a little extra time). What works so well about this book is that Bushman approaches cooking from familiar ground with her audience -- she herself is mom to a busy family and wants to help take the fuss out of cooking a good meal. The first recipe we tried was Bushman's cumin-glazed pork with apples and pears -- and it was a hit with all ages. Delicious, satisfying and gone off the plate in no time at all. We look forward to trying more recipes and spending more time around the table, instead of in the kitchen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Payne on August 30, 2004
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"Kitchen Coach Weeknight Cooking" hit me right away with its classification of recipes. Besides the usual categories of meat dishes, desserts, etc., Bushman has checked each recipe according to "easy prep," "something special," "take-along" and other categories. Her layout and directions are equally easy to follow.

"Cooking Coach" gives tips along the way: how to seed a tomato, the right tool to use for a certain vegetable, how to brown chicken to perfection, supermarket finds. In fact, if a beginning cook followed Bushman's ideas for a few months, he or she would be well on the way to total comfort and enjoyment in the kitchen.

These recipes are especially great for working parents (lots of special ideas for young eaters) and others who can't afford to spend their day in the kitchen. I've tried several of the recipes, and all have earned four or five stars from our household. I look forward to trying more.

Teresa Payne

Incline Village, NV
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