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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; English Language edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400082560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400082568
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachael Ray is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. She is the host of the Food Network's 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off, as well as the Cooking Channel's and the Food Network's Week in a Day. She is also the star of the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray; founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray; and founder of the Yum-o! organization.

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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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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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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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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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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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