Food Network darling Ray wants home cooks to become more "instinctual," and this assortment of quick meals is expansive enough to encourage even novices to wing it. The author hopes readers cook their way through the entire book; to that end, she organizes the recipes not by course or main ingredient (though there are indexes), but by number. The organization takes some getting used to. Helpful but occasionally jarring "tidbits" pop up everywhere, and many "recipes" make more than one dish, so cooking just one requires a fair amount of reading. For example, number 16 encompasses "Oregon-Style Pork Chops with Pinot Noir and Cranberries; Oregon Hash with Wild Mushrooms, Greens, Beets, Hazelnuts, and Blue Cheese; [and] Charred Whole-Grain Bread with Butter and Chives." Readers making just the hash must read around the instructions for the other two dishes. Still, the recipes are great. They vary in technique and ethnicity, and many give instructions on expanding the dish (after making Spicy Shrimp and Penne with Puttanesca Sauce, for example, "now try" omitting the olives and capers, swapping linguine for the penne, reducing the number of shrimp, and adding lump crab meat and mussels to make Frutti di Mare and Linguine). As Ray would say, "Yummo." (Nov.)
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Rachael Ray appears daily on the Food Network as host of 30-Minute Meals, $40 a Day, and Inside Dish. She is the author of nine best-selling cookbooks, most recently 30–Minute Get Real Meals. Rachael lives in the Adirondacks.See all Editorial Reviews
Most of the recipes I have tried in this book, I will cook again. This book is easy to read and has wonderful images of the prepared food. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Christine S
Meal time can get to be real redundant because you develop a go to menu that is simple and quick. Rachael's book brings some new ideas to the table that are still quick and esy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steviegeorge
My favorite cookbook with so many recipes to choose from. Her recipes are so easy to do and the directions are very clear. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AJL21
No pictures in this cookbook :( recipes look good, just haven't tried any yet. It's hard to get motivation to cook something from this book without seeing the end picturePublished 3 months ago by Lauren Holmes