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Kitchen Wizard Flexipes: Simple Time-Saving Secrets for Tasty Global Cuisine (Quick & easy recipes for more variety & nutrition. Similar to Rachael Ray, ... Oliver, Tim Ferriss, Donna Hay Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mari Suzuki , Graham Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Mari seeks to combine basic methods of cuisine with planning ahead so as to ease the burden of day-to-day cooking. Read through this book, as I have, and please absorb what she has to say. You will find a teacher who actually wants you to 
Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet
Internationally renowned culinary and TV personality
American Culinary Foundation Hall of Fame

“As an athlete, eating right is a must, but finding time to cook is always a challenge. Mari’s simple Flexipes™ technique will be indispensable building blocks to a healthier lifestyle for years to come.”
Natalie Coughlin Hall
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist

“Flexipes™ may become a common culinary term as well as the hottest new cookbook to hit the shelves. This book will be a great resource for both the culinary expert or educator and the interested novice.”
Alison Negrin
Executive Chef, John Muir Health System
Former Chef, Chez Panisse
Founding Executive Chef, Bridges Restaurant

“Mari’s beautiful and thoughtful cookbook simplifies meal planning and kitchen efficiency, making it a must-have tool for every home cook.”
Marina Kercher
Culinary Center Director, Whole Foods Market, Napa

“Mari has devised an efficient system for busy people who want fresh, flavorful meals but don't have much time for daily cooking. Along with the dishes, Mari's tips on seasoning, stocking ingredients, and planning meals contribute to stress-free and satisfying home cooking.”
MM Pack
Contributor, Austin Chronicle, Edible Austin

Author Mari Suzuki is neither a chef nor a nutritionist, but she is a kitchen wizard! Combining her Japanese roots and systems and logistics background from IBM and FedEx and, of course, a love of good food, Mari designed Flexipes™ or flexi-ble reci-pes! The Flexipes™ method is a unique solution to today’s home cook’s most common dilemma—how to cook and eat a larger variety of healthy food that tastes good, all while using less prep time and effort.

What's the secret? With Kitchen Wizard Flexipes™ all you have to do is prepare one simple base, then mix and match with what you have on hand, and—voilà!—dinner’s ready!

Mari also guides you with smart tips on seasoning, stocking food, and keeping your kitchen tools and ingredients ready to go. No more treasure hunting at dinnertime. No more repeats. No more wasted food. You will soon find yourself cutting your prep time in half, eating a far larger variety of healthy meals, and saving lots of money at the same time! Best of all, it’s really fun to cook this way.

Distilled down to its essence, this book is your magic wand for stress-free cooking, tastier food, and a healthier lifestyle in this busy world. By using Mari’s Flexipes™ and tricks, you will soon feel like a wizard in your kitchen!

Foreword by Graham Kerr
Mari’s Story
Quick Start Guide: Ready-To-Go Kitchen
Flexipes™: Bases and Recipes
1. Tomato and Onion Base
❚ Turkish Green Beans with Light Tomato Sauce
❚ Indian Curry
❚ Shrimp with Chili Sauce
2. Mushroom Base
❚ Mushroom Spread
❚ Mushroom Bisque
❚ Chicken Marsala
3. Potato and Swiss Chard Base
❚ Soups
❚ Spanish Omelet
❚ Potato and Swiss Chard Curry
4. Nimono Base: Lightly-Braised Japanese Vegetables
❚ Chunky Miso Soup with Dumplings
❚ Tofu Scramble
❚ Japanese Mixed Rice with Root Vegetables
5. Mirepoix Base: Sautéed Onion, Carrot, and Celery
❚ Mirepoix Pilaf
❚ Stuffed Summer Vegetables
❚ Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
❚ KWIK Chili
❚ KWIK Bolognese Sauce with Linguine
6. Marinated Chicken Base: Garlic, Ginger, or Lemon
❚ Rolled-Up Chicken with Wine Sauce
❚ Chicken Ginger
❚ Rice Bowl with Sweet Soy Chicken
7. Asian Meat Base
❚ Lettuce Wrap
❚ Chinese Meatball Soup
❚ Pot-Stickers
Japanese & Asian Ingredients

Keywords: quick, easy, recipe, cooking, simple, international, Japan, time-saving, how to, health, healthy
Similar Authors: Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, Mark Bittman, Tim Ferriss, Donna Hay, Hungry Girl, Ina Garten

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Author Biography: Mari Suzuki is a cookbook author, cooking optimization expert, trainer, and chef instructor at Whole Foods Market. She is also a member of the American Heart Association's 2020 Task Force Team. Combining her passions for food, culture, and efficiency with her extensive knowledge of Japanese home cooking, she designed the Kitchen Wizard Method, a cooking technique based on healthy and efficient modern Japanese culinary wisdom that teaches busy people how to whip up delicious global dishes in minutes night after night, from what you already have on hand. Her secrets and unique, multi-dish Flexipes (flexi-ble reci-pes) maximize your food and resources while minimizing your time and effort, boosting your confidence, efficiency, and enjoyment in the kitchen Praise for Kitchen Wizard Flexipes: “Flexipes may become a common culinary term as well as the hottest new cookbook to hit the shelves. Mari Suzuki’s beautiful book demystifies meal planning, as you learn to fill your freezer with building blocks of healthy international flavors. This book will be a great resource for both the culinary expert or educator and the interested novice.” — Alison Negrin Executive Chef, John Muir Health System Former Chef, Chez Panisse Founding Executive Chef, Bridges Restaurant “ As an athlete, eating right is a must, but finding time to cook is always a challenge. Mari’s beautiful new cookbook not only delivers easy, healthy, and delicious recipes with a Japanese twist, but walks you through the entire process of meal planning, shopping and preparation. Her simple “Flexipes” technique will be indispensable building blocks to a healthier lifestyle for years to come.” — Natalie Coughlin Hall Three time Olympic gold medalist

Product Details

  • File Size: 6680 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MoCal Publishing; 1 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative system, great food December 9, 2011
Mari Suzuki's time-saving methods for diversifying your dinner table are a welcome change from other cookbooks featuring complicated but rarely used recipes. The book provides recipes and cooking and storing instructions for 7 different "Flexipe bases." Each base, which is made in batch in advance and can be frozen, can be used to create one of several dishes. For example, you can batch the tomato and onion base on Sunday and use it to make three recipes through the week.

As a bonus, the book suggests a number of ways to make your kitchen more efficient, offering guidance on kitchen organization, shopping, and how to stock a kitchen. Mari explains that she adapted these to US kitchens from her formative experience in small Tokyo kitchens. It works.

All in all, a pleasant read and a useful tool. Mari's instructional detail is good--particularly for novices--and her tone is readable and warm.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really accessible! December 21, 2011
By JasperK
I picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend and it turned out to be such a refreshing change from so many other recipe books I've gotten over the years. I'm a law student and just don't have time to do a lot of cooking, and I've gotten pretty tired of making the same several dishes and then eating the leftovers. This book has a great way of cutting down on food prep for not just one meal, but for several meals down the road, and it gets you to identify the same types of tasks you do over and over (I have a lot of dishes that use onions or spinach for example) and get them all out of the way at once so you can skip a step a couple of meals later. Turning leftovers into entirely different dishes is an amazing part of the book; everybody's turned roast chicken into chicken salad or whatever, but this book tackles that idea at a really basic level, so that even more complicated leftovers get the makeover into different meals. I've been using the book's strategies for a little while now and it's definitely saved me a lot of time; it's really nice to open up the fridge or freezer and see that I've already got the components for another meal ready to go. Definitely a lifesaver during finals.

A word about the recipes in the book: they are really accessible. My other cookbooks together probably have a good thousand recipes or so, but most of them take way too much time or require some rare ingredient I always have trouble finding or are just generally a pain to make. That's not the case here. These are good basic recipes that are easy enough to make and can be taken in a bunch of different directions if you're a more experienced cook or want to change things up. It's nice to flip through a book and be able to do any of the recipes if the feeling strikes you. Quality definitely trumps quantity here.

Oh yeah and I'm now a vegetarian, and the book is great. If a meat recipe looks good, just use mock meat or tofu instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've been following Mari's blog [...] for several years now and her practical approach to cooking has really help me become more productive in the kitchen. Her Flexipes (flexible recipes) approach to cooking have given me and my family the gift of great, healthy and fresh home cooked meals at a lower cost, less time and with less food waste.

Mari's Kitchen Wizard Flexipes is a great cookbook for all of us, busy people, trying to cook healthy meals. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Easy Healthy Meals with Easy! Love this book! December 18, 2011
I came across this book after I heard the buzz from a few friends about it. I love Japanese food but this book is full of recipes that blend tastes from around the world. Your Palette will be so happy and so will you because of the easy of Mari's ingenious batch and base cooking system. I make the same food over and over and struggle in my busy life to eat healthy. In this book Mari engenders trust that I can cook in an easy, efficient and healthy way.

I eat only fish, but the rest of my family are meat eaters this method and Mari's easy recipes help me feed my whole family so much easier without waste. The way I make my shopping list has changed. Oh my, did I mention the Mushroom Bisque. I am making it today! I love this book and Mari Suzki's writing and gentle instruction are so helpful. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to eat healthier and make delicious meals more efficiently.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational December 15, 2011
I bought a copy for myself, and another copy as a gift. I hate cooking - There I said it! - but the only way to eat healthy food is to prepare food at home. It saves a lot of time and adds variety to future meals to prepare a "base" dish and have some fresh, and then freeze the extra to use for a variety of other dishes. The photographs are exceptional, which make this book a great gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Concept in Cooking December 12, 2011
I tried out Mari Suzuki's Kitchen Wizard Flexipes and thought it was great! I'm a very busy person and have a hard time making a nutritious home cooked meal every night. With today's obesity and cancer rates, I believe it's important to get back to basics and make meals from fresh ingredients and move away from processed, pre-cooked foods; however putting it into practice is difficult due to time constraints. Mari's cooking method enables me to do this by making the bases ahead of time and storing it in a convenient way in the freezer. The recipes are wonderful and you can find other creative ways of using the bases. My favorite is the tomato and onion!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant way to cook
With two kids who have a lot of activities, my evenings are very busy, and I don't have a lot of time to cook. Kitchen Wizard Flexipes is a godsend. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Karin Hoerhold
5.0 out of 5 stars Really easy, really tasty!
Mari's easy to follow recipes are not only simple and nutritious but her explanations of the whole process of making food (from shopping, preparing through to storage and the best... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lorraine McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - a cookbook that really does what it says it will: SIMPLE...
Im a novice cooker with an expert stomach and palate.. hence most of my food is take out/delivery.. I just dont have the skills, time or interest to cook much.. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Karen J Breeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutritious, delicious food made simple
I LOVE this cookbook. My book club actually chose it as something different to read. It was a fun night with lots of great discussion. I made the chili and everyone raved about it! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Martin Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars Such yummy creative and zippy fast recipes!
Mari really is a wizard! So many great ideas! I'm not much of a cook, "normal" recipes take too long. But I love to eat flavorful creations. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Elisabeth Halvorson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book
When I purchaised it, I had another idea, I mean I though it was only about Chinnese food, but I got a wonderful surprise since it has more interesting things than only... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Termita de Libros
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended...
A great cookbook, with some really great concepts. Very keen to try out the recipies. Would definitely recommend this book.
Published 21 months ago by Dane
5.0 out of 5 stars What a clever cookbook!
This is a really clever concept for busy people who don't have hours to spend every day preparing a meal from fresh ingredients. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lois Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars So sensible
I hate waste so am delighted to read a book that proposes such a sensible and economical way of cooking and planning meals. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes, simple preparations, Mari tells it all!
Mari shares excellent, yet very simple to make Japanese recipes in her book, Kitchen Wizard Flexipes". Read more
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