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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1st American ed edition (October 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066214483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066214481
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Hay, Australia's bestselling cookbook author, understands our pain. The pain, that is, of producing delicious meals when time is tight and we really can't shop--again. Off the Shelf: Cooking from the Pantry presents a blueprint for from-scratch good eating that relies on a thoughtfully stocked larder, a few fresh ingredients, and truly streamlined recipes. The idea isn't new, of course, but Hay finds a better way with it, presenting recipes like Pasta with Pancetta and Peas; Lime, Beef, and Noodle Salad; and Green Olive and Baked Chicken that are truly quick and easy to do. First published in Australia, Off the Shelf arrives here in an edition meant to work for American cooks; if ingredient names, quantities, and some operations aren't always completely "translated" (one recipe calls for English spinach leaves) or given conventional American form, willing readers will still be able use it most productively.

Organized by ingredients and topics, the book offers buying advice throughout, regular recipes, and Short Order sections that distill formulas, such as those for Lemon and Basil Pilaf and Marinated Chickpea Salad, into get-the-drill-quickly paragraphs. Among the fuller-dress recipes, readers will surely want to try Beef and Caramelized Onion Couscous Salad, Crispy Spiced Thai Chicken, and Seared Salmon on Coconut Spinach, among others. Sweets, including Burnt Vanilla Creams and Chocolate Honey Snaps, are also delicious and easily accomplished. With truly useful tips (cut overlong cooked noodles to make them more manageable is one why-didn't-I-think-of-that example), an oversize bravura design, and color photos throughout, the book shows and tells how to cook with the greatest ease. --Arthur Boehm

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“No need to spend hours at the store. Find gastronomic bliss with no fuss, no muss, no bother.” (New York Times)

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The recipes are easy and delicious.
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Highly recommend this for ANYONE who loves to cook and loves to eat good food.
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I have a huge collection of cook books and this is one of my favorites.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is worthy of its predecessors. Like Donna Hay's 4 earlier books, this is a beautiful cookbook (the photography and food styling are gorgeous) filled with inventive and reliable recipes. The speciality of this book is that it provides recipes that can be made with just a few staples in the pantry. The asian chicken noodle soup is particularly wonderful.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M.J. on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Most of the recipes don't have more than 5-7 ingredients, mostly items from the pantry but there are always 2-3 fresh items that really make the difference. There are pictures for every single recipe, very useful for when you want to know what the dish should really look like. The gorgeous pictures alone are worth the price of the cookbook, wonderful to browse when you are trying to figure out what to cook. The only negative is that the recipes are not inherently low fat, but it's easy to substitute high fat cheeses etc with the low fat version. The interesting food combinations and easy easy preparations make this an awesome everyday cookbook.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on December 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are a basic sort of person who enjoys plain, down-to-Earth meals, and do not like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this book is for you. Not only does it suggest what basics to stock on your shelves, but the recipes turn out very well if fresh ingredients are used. One will not be caught off guard when unexpected guests arrive, if you follow the suggestions offered by Hay. I did, however, find the recipes were not quite as original as anticipated. Many are variations of recipes found in other similar cookbooks, particularly the Asian noodles; however, the recipes are still tasty and the book will be particularly valuable to those inexperienced in the kitchen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Delaney on March 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Donna Hay. I have a collection of recipes from her magazines and they all taste fantastic. The skill level for some of her magazine recipes can be a bit high though. Tastey and amazing none the less.

I recieved this book from a friend who went to Australia and brought it back for me. I was so excited. I dismissed the title 'off the shelf', as I find this isn't always true with cook books. It is very true here. Now that have cooked with nothing but these recipes for two weeks, I know to always have some fresh lemon, parmesean and herbs in my kitchen and I am good to go. There is a good range of veggie, fish and meat dishes. All that i have easily been able to substitue ingredients for (ex. fish instead of chicken). The food has all been amazing and if I take 5 minutes to prep all my ingredients, the dinners that I have made have taken about 15-20 minutes. Highly recommend this for ANYONE who loves to cook and loves to eat good food. These are easy recipes and there is a good mix of meals from everyday to a sunday dinner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Allen on April 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've had this cookbook for over 5 years and it's my most favorite! I like food to be delicious, interesting, beautiful, and easy to make... everything I've made from this book has been all of those things! Once you get some of the less common items "on your self" (like Chinese five spice or Thai fish sauce) it is easy to make everything in the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Clarke on January 17, 2013
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I love this cook book. I have a huge collection of cook books and this is one of my favorites. Faster than take out, and defenitely delicous. Easy recipes, a beginner could do it. For the times you don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, but you want to eat and eat well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Crummy on July 22, 2002
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In keeping with Donna Hay's other books this has wonderful photos. It is so nice too look at one would buy it just to look at the photos or to display. However Donna does not let us down in regards to content. The recipes are simple enough to attempt yet interesing enough to taste great. It is organized in such a way that by choosing an item from your pantry you can create a meal.So those days when all you have left in the cupboard is pasta Donna can give you a new way to prepare it. I recommend this book for those of us who want to discover the soul of cooking.
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This book has really nice pictures, and fairly simple recipes.

For the right person, this would be a great book to have in the kitchen. The meals are simple and quick. This book is most likely not for advanced cooks, but is for people who appreciate good food and would like to be able to prepare some nice dishes quickly, using mostly ingredients that you should have on hand.

The book is broken down into the following sections:
- Introduction
- Shopping list

- Pasta
- Rice
- Noodles
- Grains and lentils
- Mediterranean
- Asian
- Pastes (e.g., curry pastes, miso paste, mustard pastes)
- Bake
- Sweet

- Glossary
- Conversion chart
- Index

There appear to be pictures of every recipe in the book (and there are over 190 recipes), and the recipes would probably very easy to adjust, given their initial simplicity.
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