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A good deal, right? But read the "fine print" and you'll discover that the five-minute rule doesn't include prep time, which can balloon when, for example, you're required to shell a pound of shrimp or slice zucchini into cups of half-moons. DiSpirito's five ingredient constraint is also fudged by his not counting basic items like salt, flour, and butter in ingredient tallies. Also, the dishes require dozens of sometimes hard-to-find convenience items like frozen pigs in a blanket, hot dog onions, precut and precooked potatoes, soup mixes, gelatin snacks, and even rotisserie chickens. These may speed the "cooking" process but can do nothing to make DiSpirito's "five-minute" dishes taste homemade. Though estimated costs are given per recipe, and all fall below the five-dollar-per-serving ceiling, a truer economy would involve buying and preparing fresh items, which, besides yielding superior results, cost relatively less, and won't leave the cook with, for example, leftover bottled buffalo-wing sauce or prepared hummus.
Even so, time-pressed cooks will undoubtedly jump at DiSpiritio's strategies, if even for occasional cooking, and many will find the "high-concept" recipes fun to make. Die-hard fans will also appreciate the many, many photos of the star chef in action--shopping, cooking, or just posing for the camera. --Arthur Boehm
Very good loved the recipe s in the book. Found it for a great price also. Hope you can find and tryPublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
Received the book on time and in good shape. It has some good sounding recipes but looking at a lot of the recipes I don't have all the ingredients sitting @ the house. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Jenn
I don't like cooking but Rocco's cookbooks make it easy and is so healthy. (Plus he's decent scenery!) This arrived in perfect condition and in the time specified.Published on October 8, 2013 by Lela Arneson
fast and easy cooking for people with busy schedules. easy to use and delicious meals. I liked the book a lot.Published on September 15, 2013 by Amy
Had I know how old the recipes were I would not have purchased this book,. Printed back in way 2001.Published on July 30, 2013 by CCsGrtDns
It's just a great all around book. I just love it. Many easy meals to make. I could go on and on.Published on May 15, 2013 by Richard Yeakel
While the dishes aren't REALLY only 5 ingredients, they are great, easy recipes with locks of style and flavor! They are always a hit with friends when it's my turn to cook!Published on May 13, 2013 by E. Anderson
I can't understand how any "celebrity" chef gets away with making a recipe calling for already prepared foods. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Barbara B.