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Real Simple Easy, Delicious Home Cooking: 250 Recipes for Every Season and Occasion Paperback – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603209239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603209236
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

  • Real Simple magazine has their largest readership ever at 8.8 million readers · Over 400,000 copies per issue are sold on the newsstand

  • Over 400,000 copies per issue are sold on the newsstand

  • Allie Clapp is the Food Director for Real Simple and has made frequent appearances on NBC's TODAY Show and The Early Show on CBS. She previously worked at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as co-host on the PBS series Everyday Food and was part of the Everyday Food launch team. She was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Customer Reviews

This is my favorite cookbook.
Lauren
It's easy to find recipes that match what's in season now, which allows me to shop at my local farmer's market for fresh, seasonal produce.
Laura
This is a great cookbook...easy, but delicious and healthy recipes.
G Allen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura on March 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love Real Simple magazine for its unique take on cooking. All of the recipes have that special, gourmet feeling without requiring a dozen difficult-to-find ingredients or hours or cooking time. This cookbook is no different: it contains a wide variety of recipes that feel special yet are easy enough for weeknight meals.

The cookbook is divided into sections by season. Within each season, recipes are divided into the typical categories (appetizers, soups, salads, various meat and seafood entrees, pasta, desserts, etc.). This organization makes intuitive sense to me. It's easy to find recipes that match what's in season now, which allows me to shop at my local farmer's market for fresh, seasonal produce.

I also love the nutritional info section. In addition to listing the basic nutritional facts (calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, iron, and calcium), the recipes have helpful symbols that allow you to identify them by type. There are symbols for 30-minutes-or-less, heart healthy, one-pot meals, vegetarian, no-cook, and family friendly. Browsing this recipe index by these symbols makes it easy to spot promising recipes.

As for the recipes themselves, I have been nothing but pleased with the quality and flavor of each dish I've tried. The Bucatini with Turkey Sausage and Zucchini was hearty and delicious. I also enjoyed the Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach (in the Fall section) and Dijon tilapia cakes (also Fall).

Although I think this cookbook is deserving of 5 stars for the breadth and quality of its recipes, it is important to note that not all of these meals are particularly healthy. Many of them contain more calories, fat, and sodium than I would eat on a regular basis.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jamie sS on April 29, 2012
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I love everything about this cookbook! It is organized for seasonal cooking, so you are always using what is fresh and delicious. All of the recipes are easy to follow with easy to find ingredients, and everything is something that even my picky family will eat. I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Patton on October 30, 2012
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Having made use of several recipes out of their magazines, I decided to purchase one of Real Simple's cookbooks. Many of their recipes are unconventional in the way they incorporate different seasonal veggies and whole grains into more "traditional" American meals, which I love (although if you're not the type who enjoys a little experimentation in their meals, this is likely not the book for you). The best part is that, as suggested by its title, these recipes are truly simple. Not microwave-Easy-Mac simple, but they look and taste like meals that took hours and a good deal of skill to prepare. Most of the recipes only take 20-30 minutes to prepare, and don't assume you have more than the basics in terms of tools and appliances (although several call for a Dutch oven). They even include great tips for leftovers, storage, and how to pick out your produce and meats at the store for maximum flavor.

I will say I wish I'd known for certain that many of these recipes came from their magazines, although I did buy their oldest cookbook in hopes that the recipes I already had weren't in it. I've only seen one so far that's a duplicate, so it's not really issue, but it might help long-time subscribers to know this before purchase; I've only bought two issues of RS myself, but I'm sure many who've read the magazine for years will see duplicates of recipes they already have.

My only other disappointment is the space taken up by desserts. While a handful would likely be useful, many cooks don't bake, so having an arsenal of cake icing recipes is, for me, largely useless. It would be nice if they offered a separate dessert cookbook for people interested in that sort of thing and included a few more meals instead.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RopeMan on June 20, 2012
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I bought this book because I love to cook but am a very busy person. A co worker of mine showed it to me and suggested a couple of recipes, which I tried. I immediately bought the book. It not only has good recipes that are truly easy, but the pictures are beautiful. I am not much of a cookbook person but this one is going to be a regular for me.

Update 9/27/2014:

I wrote the review above a long time ago. Last night my sink overflowed and flooded the kitchen counter. This cookbook got drenched and as it dried it wrinkled up badly. I like this cookbook so much I reordered it a few minutes ago. I have never done that before. Love this cookbook. The recipes on page 97 and 179 are wonderful. But you'll have to buy the book to try them. Neener, neener, neener.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janne S. Platt on May 24, 2012
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The dishes are balanced so they can be complete meals or with a simple side dish. They are tasty and healthful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Moore on December 17, 2012
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The seasonal categories of this cookbook somehow make me feel romantic about cooking. The progression of life through food. I find myself reading it like a novel. I can't wait to master my favorites and incorporate them into my seasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on December 14, 2012
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Purchased this as a gift for a friend's birthday. We both loved how the recipes were sectioned off in season so you are looking for ingredients that are fresh and that can be easily located. Can't wait to try a few.
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