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Quick Food: 200 Easy Everyday Ideas for Busy Cooks Paperback – December 10, 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: Laurel Glen Little Food Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Glen (December 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571458328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571458322
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcos Helms on July 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Quick food gives recipes that are easy to follow and use ingredients that are readily available in stores. Different types of cuisines are represented here, from a simple Italian fresh tomato and basil pasta to fragrant Southeast Aisn lemongrass beef and rice dish.
The book is divided into six main parts: Pot, Pan, Wok, Grill, Oven, and Dessert. There is also a picture on the page facing the recipe which gives a great visual tool as to how the end result would look. An index is provided, and makes it easy to flip to, for example, recipes using beef.
Although many of the recipes are easy to throw together in a few minutes, there are also recipes for stews and roasts, which take longer to cook. These are justified, however, by the fact that minimal effort and time is required in preparation of the dish. Then just pop it into the oven, or leave on a slow simmer, before dishing out into bowls and plates. Overall this is a good book when you don't have a lot of time on your hands to putter about in the kitchen. We all need quick and simple recipes on our repertoire.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on January 5, 2006
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I own tons of cookbooks and love to cook. I originally purchased this book for my husband so that he could learn to cook something other than prepared foods. The recipes are fast, easy, and very tasty. He likes it because it has pictures of the meal - this helps him understand how things are supposed to be once the meal is ready to be served. He struggles a little with even these recipes because he knows so little about cooking and the names of the more gourmet ingredients. Despite this, he has made some really fabulous meals out of this book. Now even I reach for this cookbook first. My once favored Patricia Wells and Julia Childs cookbooks are languishing on the shelf. My only warning is that the gourmet ingredients are not always readily available at every grocery store. I live in a big city so it is easy for me to obtain pancetta, various specialty pastas, and fresh herbs. It might not be as easy for someone in a more suburban or rural environment.
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This book is meant to be for people who need recipes that take little time to cook. It is divided into pot, pan, wok, grill, oven and sweet.
The pot section is mainly full of pasta dishes and soups, as anything else in apot would need long cooking time.
The pan section has many recipes for pan seared steak, fish, chicken and a few deep fried dishes.
The wok section is self explanatory, with lots of stir fries.
The grill section is pretty much just an extension of the pan section, except things are cooked on the grill part of your BBQ (not grilled under an over grill). Has a few different things from the pan section though such as skewers and chargrilled salads.
The oven section has many roast favourites, lasagne and casseroles. Whilst the cooking time is long the recipes temselves are designed to be 'fast'
Finally the sweet section is nothing special, a few things like creme caramel and pudding, very similar to any other sweet section in other books.

The reason it only gets 4 stars is that many of the recipes from the wok section in particular are recycled from other books. Also whilst the recipes are easy and quick, to be classified truely as fast fod you do need to be very good at multitaskng and quick at prep. Otherwise a nice book.
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