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Product Details

  • Series: NYM Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558324844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558324848
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With a light tone and lightened-up recipes, Durand delivers the sort of book fans of the Not Your Mother's series expect: practical, user-friendly, and filled with plenty of everyday recipes for one-dish oven-baked meals. The author acknowledges casseroles' fuddy-duddy reputation, then proceeds to challenge it with ideas for everything from breakfast (breakfast brown rice with blueberries and almonds) to dessert (rhubarb-lavender oat crisp). In between are the bulk of recipes, perfect for weeknight dinners. Though some recipes actually are reminiscent of "your mother's" casseroles, such as a tortilla chicken casserole, many feel fresh and contemporary: tomato, arugula, and mushroom casserole; beet gratin with goat cheese and greens; roasted autumn vegetables with parmesan and sage; cinnamon lamb orzo bake. Because, as the author notes, "even the most complete casserole needs at least one complementary dish to round it out into a meal," she helpfully concludes with a "While it bakes" chapter of quick and healthy salads, soups, and breads, including a winter salad with fennel, cabbage, and citrus that will strike the right crisp balance with even the heartiest of traditional casseroles. (Jan.)
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About the Author

By day, Ohio native Faith is executive editor of The Kitchn (thekitchn.com), a popular home cooking and kitchen design blog (sister site to Apartment Therapy) that receives 6 million readers a month and is an active, warm community for home cooks. And by night, Faith writes cookbooks. Her latest, Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts, is a bright and modern celebration of the classic puddings, icebox cakes, and no-bake desserts she's so crazy about.

Faith has also contributed to O Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and Reader's Digest, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New Haven Register, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and The Columbus Dispatch, among many other newspapers.

She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband Mike, a house under permanent renovation, and an ever-growing collection of whisks.


More About the Author

By day, Ohio native Faith is executive editor of The Kitchn (thekitchn.com), a popular home cooking and kitchen design blog (sister site to Apartment Therapy) that receives 6 million readers a month and is an active, warm community for home cooks. And by night, Faith writes cookbooks. Her latest, Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts, is a bright and modern celebration of the classic puddings, icebox cakes, and no-bake desserts she's so crazy about.

Faith has also contributed to O Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and Reader's Digest, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New Haven Register, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and The Columbus Dispatch, among many other newspapers.

She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband Mike, a house under permanent renovation, and an ever-growing collection of whisks.

Customer Reviews

Good collection of recipes I hadn't seen before....and I have a LOT of recipe books.
Hils
We really like casseroles in our family because it is a good way for us to incorporate veggies into our diets.
KH
I found this book at the library, tried a few recipes and liked them so much I bought a copy.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Smith VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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I just received this book from Amazon, and I'll try to come back and add more comments as I try a few more recipes, but I just had to speak up to counter Mr. Protein who was so very disappointed with his purchase.

If you're looking for Salty Meat Goop With Crunch On Top (usually including a can of Cream O' Campbell's), this is likely not your book. However, if you're looking for comfort food to stretch your culinary repertoire while still pleasing your family's palate; or if you'd like to do more cooking with healthful ingredients, would like to know what exactly to do with some of the less mainstream veggies at your grocery store, or love the simplicity of one-dish meals on busy nights-- check it out.

So far, all I've made is the Asian Cabbage Rolls with Spicy Pork-- but this healthy riff on the Chinese friend dumplings that we (guiltily) adore was immediately filed in the "make this again SOON" category, and it's definitely whetted my appetite to try more.

I'm also particularly excited to have this on my shelf because of my familiarity with Ms. Durand's reputation and engaging work as the managing editor at thekitchn.com. I don't buy cookbooks often, but this one looks to be well worth the money and shelf space.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Bagwell on November 8, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book, but I've found it contains multiple errors. Cook times are off on so many recipes, I actually bought an oven thermometer because I thought my oven might be off. It wasn't. Tonight was the last straw. One recipe called for 3/4 cup of cream, then you are to add 2 tablespoons of it to 12 ramekins. 24 tablespoons is 1 1/2 cups, so now I'm wondering which instruction was right.

Boo! Grocery shopping, cooking and washing up takes too much effort for recipes that are carelessly wrong.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 8, 2011
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Faith Durand defines casseroles as a baked dish, and in this book has has more than 200 recipes. She uses no canned soup, which is one of the main premises that these are not your mother's casseroles.
She also changes the idea of casserole cooking, in that many of these recipes are meatless, which helps cut costs and for those with vegetarian leanings is good.
For each recipe she has a short description, including if it will "reheat beautifully', or if it can be prepared in advance or frozen. She also shows how rice or beans could be cooked in the oven. Some recipes have an international flavor- French, British, Italian.

A description is given of cooking equipment and pantry supplies needed.
Two problems with the book are, that it is printed in dark red print, which for some can be hard to see, and I have had books that have this type of print fade as time goes by. Many recipes extend past one page, and if they are on the right side, you then have to turn the page back and forth while you are cooking which makes it inconvenient

Included are recipes for breakfast, hot starters, vegetable dishes, oven-baked rice, potatoes and beans, oven baked pastas and grains, poultry, meat and seafood, desserts, then to go with it all, salads, breads and soups. Especially good is the version of the British bubble and squeak, and white bean casserole with herbs and pork sausage and the simple pot bread for something different.
You can cook some different recipes with this book, many do not include meat, but then these are not your mother`s casseroles.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KH on May 5, 2011
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I checked this book out from the library and liked it so much I bought it. I generally check books out, copy the recipes that I like, and return it. With this book, I liked so many recipes that I actually bought it. We really like casseroles in our family because it is a good way for us to incorporate veggies into our diets. None of us in our family are huge fans of separate meat, starch, veggies kind of meals. This book offers some really interesting new twists on casseroles. The casseroles aren't run of the mill, but they also aren't so weird that they seem unappetizing. I highly recommend!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Mehegan VINE VOICE on April 20, 2011
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Wow -- what a great cooking book. Instead of "casseroles" the author prefers to call these "baked dishes". It's no longer canned string beans and fried onions with mushroom soup! Mouth-watering dishes such as: "Roasted Carrots with Lemon, Feta & Mint". Sweet potatoes are combined with cononut milk and herbs, chickpeas are baked into steaming casseroles with shallots and herbs. Even a baked spagetti combined with pine nuts -- you just slice it out of the oven and serve. Perfect for this recession economy --a modern herbal version of Mom's cooking -- just as good and maybe a little better!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Megan on March 31, 2011
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This cookbook is a fantastic resource for updated, modern casseroles recipes. I grew up eating dense, cheesy casseroles made with cream-of-something soup. While I love the convenience of casseroles, I stopped eating them when I started cooking for myself. I prefer fresh, simple food and I feel like this cookbook was written for me. There aren't a lot of shortcuts (like canned soups), but many of the recipes can be put together quickly. This book has been a great resource for weeknight cooking. I've been using it at least once a week.

The chapter on breakfast casseroles is particularly good. The recipes for baked oatmeal are fantastic. As with the other sections, the chapter contains a mix of updated favorites and new and interesting casseroles. I also appreciate that the book includes a lot of vegetable and grain-based casseroles. There are lots of great recipes for vegetarians, and many of the casseroles are healthy and light. I can find healthy weeknight meals as well as heartier special occasion dishes.

Finally, the recipes are well-written, clear, and easy to follow. The author's warm and personal tone comes through in the brief introductions to each recipe. This cookbook is a pleasure to read and to cook from. I highly recommend it!
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