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Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8: Great Meals for Couples or Crowds [Kindle Edition]

Rachael Ray
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Book Description

If you’re like Rachael Ray, mealtime is a time to hang out and reconnect with family and friends. That means you could be making a late dinner for you and your sweetie one night and making brunch for your entire family the next day. No matter how many people join the party, Rachael firmly believes that cooking should be fun, easy–and done in 30 minutes or less.

Transforming recipes for four into recipes for two or eight can be a tricky guessing game. If you use twice the amount of chicken will you have to cook it twice as long? Is it possible to make a satisfying pot of soup for two without having to eat leftovers for a week? What’s the best–and most economical–way to feed a crowd of eight? With Rachael Ray: 2, 4, 6, 8 there’s no need to guess, because Rachael has designed right-sized menus for every occasion, with perfect meals for two, four, six, or eight.

For date night you don’t want tons of food, so Rachael’s Croque Madame sandwich with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette salad and a killer vodka cocktail strike just the right note. For family dinners, double dates, or those who love leftovers, Rachael whips up classic meals for four like Wingless Buffalo Chicken Pizza or Grilled Shrimp with Chorizo Skewers. For poker night with your buddies, Rachael knows exactly which ingredients stretch into a 30-minute meal for six, like Uptown Sweet and Spicy Sausage Hoagies. Throwing a dinner party is a pleasure when you’re armed with stress-free meals for eight like Italian Chicken Pot Pie and Boozy Berries and Biscuits. With complete menus for family dinners as well as easy and impressive meals for entertaining plus lots of super simple desserts that taste like a million, no matter what the occasion, the perfect meal for your crowd is never more 30 minutes away.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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About the Author

Rachael Ray is the host of the popular Food Network shows 30-Minute Meals, $40 a Day, and Tasty Travels, as well as her own syndicated talk show, Rachael Ray. In addition to helming the successful magazine Rachael Ray Everyday, Rachael is the author of 11 previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers 30-Minute Get Real Meals, 365: No Repeats, and Express Lane Meals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1274 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (April 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T33OG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but not bad January 4, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Perhaps Rachael Ray is becoming a bit overexposed as she now has many cookbooks flooding the market, a televison show and a magazine. While I applaud her moxy and industrious nature, I am beginning to think that she is spread too thin. This latest offering, "2,4,6,8 - Great Meals For Couples or Crowds" is not up to par with some of her earlier offerings. The idea is great - menus sized for the number of guests that you are planning on cooking for - and all of this is supposed to be accomplished in 30 minutes as well.

For starters, the recipe lists are long - so that tells me right away that only an accomplished cook will be able to achieve these menus in under 30 minutes. A newbie in the kitchen will struggle to put these dinners on the table in under an hour. Some of the ingredients are a bit exotic - personally, I like that as I cook like that all the time. But again, for a newbie or perhaps a mom with fussy eaters, this could be a problem. The other issue is the portion sizes. I made the "Crab Cakes With A Creamy Grainy Mustard Sauce" with the "Wilted Spinach With Tomatoes" (page 69 listed as Appetizer-as-entrée). This was supposed to be a menu for two - but the crab cakes amounted to a half pound per person. This was WAY too much for myself and my husband! (I ended up taking half of this mixture and transforming it into a crab bisque the next day - it was wonderful!) If I ate like the portions suggested, I would be as big as a house! 1/2 pound meat portions seem to be the standard here. That was very disappointing to me, but I shouldn't be surprised, Ray always states that she is not skimpy on portions.

The menus are clever enough and most will be satisfied with the offerings here.
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really like Rachel, but... November 15, 2006
By Jay K.
I rate this as an average cookbook for several reasons.

First, if you own any of her other books or any other good cookbook, then this one may not be your favorite. It doesn't add too much to the cookbook world that's not already out there.

Second, and most importantly, most of the recipes, though designed to be quick, 30 minutes or less, have too many ingredients to make it a really easy cooking or buying experience. Many of these dishes would be expensive if you didn't already have the chipotle sauces or other "specialty" items (that I don't normally have in my pantry). And, I just don't know how to get it all done in 30 minutes--I'd have to have a staff helping prepare the ingredients.

Have there just been too many cookbooks too fast for this author?

However, if you don't own any other cookbooks, and you do like a friendly, fun writing style, then this would be okay, because Rachel's recipes are good and she is a hoot.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reaching too far November 26, 2006
I am usually a fan of Rachael Ray's books, however I actually returned this one. For one thing, many of the recipes are not very appetizing. I think Rachael is very good at the basics (as seen in her first two cookbooks), however I feel like she's attempting to be too creative now and it's not working. I also feel like she's repeating the same recipes I've seen a few times in her latest books. I went through the entire cookbook and couldn't even find 10 recipes I wanted to make. Sorry, Rachael, I usually enjoy your books. Perhaps you should either expand your repetoire by attending some cooking classes or just stick to the basics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not interested! December 17, 2006
I went to the store today and flipped through this book, taking my time to read the ingredients to each recipe. I must say there is not 1 recipe that I was interested in. I love her express lane meals and her 2 original 30 minute meals cookbooks, but I will not buy anymore. I'm just not happy with the recipes in them. I came so close to buying this here when it first came out and I'm glad I didn't. Saved me from having to return it.

I'm sorry Rachael, I really do like your other books, but lately, the recipes are not one's I would use.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I realize that this book sounds like it's a cheer for Rachael Ray, and Ms. Ray acknowledges that with her perky dedication to cheerleaders. If you are a busy couple with limited cooking experience who sometimes have two, four, or six family members or guests over for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you'll feel like cheering instead. Rachael Ray has done it again in creating a niche book for a special purpose that most cookbook writers totally ignore. And all of this comes within the context for 30-minute meals for fast choppers who keep the Rachael Ray basic ingredients on hand (lots of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - EVOO. garlic, most seasonings, and lots of fresh and frozen vegetables). By dividing up the menu to match the number of guests, you know you have a good chance of finishing up within 30 minutes whereas if you tried to quadruple a menu for two . . . you might not be even close! Unlike some of her cookbooks, this one has some gorgeous photographs of eight dishes to give you a sense of how to make them look great, too.

The book opens with 25 menus or main courses for every moment over 24 hours a day . . . to serve two. These choices range from the simple (steaks and salads) to the more adventuresome (chicken marvalasala and pappardelle with rosemary gravy).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
no pictures...
Published 3 months ago by Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wifey loved the book and it was the right price delivered to my door! Excellent!
Published 5 months ago by Justin Pinchot
5.0 out of 5 stars they loved it.
Gave a shift, they loved it.
Published 5 months ago by Shirlene
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away, find another cook book.
This is the worst cookbook in our pantry. The recipes have way too many ingredients to only take 30 minutes. I don't really enjoy the results, either. Read more
Published 13 months ago by aggiejosh
2.0 out of 5 stars Not User Friendly
This book was given to me as a gift a few years ago. I have never used it once. Personally, I was pleased to see some recipes that use healthy, but somewhat unusual, ingredients... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Valerie Denison
3.0 out of 5 stars ~ OK IF YOU LIKE CHICKEN and the COLOR BLUE ~
This is a very Interesting Cook Book, I've never seen a Book of any kind Printed in Blue Light Color Font with Light Green Headings and Information. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Wolfee1
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Idea
A group of people raising money to feed needy children and their families by selling used books. Service was excellent - I would buy from them at any opportunity.
Published on January 23, 2013 by Bill L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many recipes require too many ingredients
I've had this cookbook since it came out and I'm not sure I've ever made one recipe from it. I consider myself to be an intermediate level cook, not a gourmet by any means, but I... Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by KK1500
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
I generally like RR recipes (note: NOT her shows - UGH!), but I try to cut the calories as much as I can. Read more
Published on January 11, 2010 by The Girl Who Loved Books
5.0 out of 5 stars CP
Great recipes! Rachel Ray never disappoints. Makes any one a good cook!
I have very little experience cooking and all of the recipes from her books turns out GREAT!
Published on November 2, 2009 by CP
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