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Michael Symon's 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Also, I met him at a book signing for this cookbook last week. Awesome guy. An elderly woman came up to have her book signed and she had a print out from the Internet of a recipe of his. She told him it didn't come out very well! LOL He actually went through the whole recipe with her step by step and discussed with her what to do. And he wrote notes on there for her! Sweetest thing ever. I mean, cute guy who cooks AND is super nice to old ladies? I'm in!
5 in 5 is very straightforward, uses ingredients that can be found at any grocery store and the preparation instructions are clear. My teenaged children love to cook dinner and this book is ideal for them. Not too many ingredients, no elaborate preparations or complicated spice blending or marinades. The dressings are simple, substitutions are offered, so you can use what you have on hand and still make something good. There's even a section of food pairings and combinations that feature what tastes good with what - that's really good for creating new dishes based on something you've done before. I'm wanting to try some of the sandwich combinations, grill recipes and definitely Symon's version of Chicken Marsala.
I've made a couple meals from this cookbook and while they always take longer than 5 minutes (I mean, who is lucky enough to have prep cooks to get all your mise en place ready for you?), Symon even cops to that in the book saying, "The key is to relax, have fun, and cook more. If it takes you 6, 7, or even - gasp! - 8 minutes, so be it. In the end, you will still end up with a delicious, made-from-scratch meal that costs less than fast food, tastes a million times better, and is healthier for you and your family."
You'll also notice in the cookbook that sometimes recipes go beyond 5 ingredients. Again, 5 in 5 is more of a guideline than a rigid rule.
The recipes in this cookbook are all mouth-watering and full of flavor. Probably my favorite dish I've made so far is the breaded pork loin with apple salad because, as with almost all of Symon's recipes, the key is to create a balance of flavors and textures. Instead of pairing the meat with a heavy, starchy root veg as most Americans tend to do, Symon always prepares his sides with something bright, acidic, and/or crunchy.
The draw of 5 in 5 is certainly the idea of making dinner with little time and few ingredients, but Symon has gone beyond making dinner work, he also makes it delicious.
The only suggestion I would make is to sell it spiral bound, but that's just my preference ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this as a gift for my brother. His wife just told me that they have enjoyed every recipe they have made so far.Published 1 day ago by JosieofOhio
Purchased as a gift for daughter and she loves it. Not necessarily completes in 5 minutes but quick and tasty meals in a hurryPublished 2 months ago by L. Chambers
This is by far our favorite cookbook, and we have quite a few. In fact, we love this book so much that we're buying three more for gifts for our grown children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wildcat44
love this easy to follow book. I feel as if Michael Symon is beside me telling me how to cook each dish. He brings cooking down to easy terms that you can follow with confidence.Published 2 months ago by wend