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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Reissue edition (October 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076791659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767916592
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Moulton, a Food Network and Gourmet chef, wants to help home cooks produce elegant meals without excessive fuss. For each dish in this assemblage, she indicates hands-on time and total cooking time, with most calculated to require under 45 minutes (though cooks who are less efficient at prepping than Moulton may dispute some of the estimates; Mexican Chicken Salad, for instance, indicates 15 minutes of hands-on time, but with all the chopping and washing, some amateurs will soon reach the 25 minutes allotted for the whole process). Besides chapters on soup, pasta, meat and so on, there are several revolving around time-saving tips: "Shop and Serve" has recipes like the fast but tasty Tortellini Pepperoni Spinach Soup, and dishes in "Just Open the Pantry" use items from a kitchen stocked with Moulton's long list of recommended staples. "Cooking Ahead," meanwhile, unleashes the gourmet chef in Moulton with lengthier recipes that can be made on the weekend and reheated. Moulton's readers may not get these dishes on the table as quickly as she can, but cooks willing to put in some time in the kitchen each night will appreciate this book's excellent international range as well as its helpful shortcuts. Color photos. (Oct. 18)
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Advance Praise for Sara Moulton
Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals is the perfect blend of food and cooking expertise. With her warm, easygoing style, Sara makes everyone comfortable with cooking—helping novice and experienced cooks alike find delightful, tempting dishes to dazzle our families.”
—Michael Lomonaco, author of The “21” Cookbook and Nightly Specials

 “With Sara in the house, you can get the entire family to the table all week with trusted, exciting, on-the-spot recipes like Oven-baked Chowder and Escarole and White Bean Soup with Large Meatballs. She has packed this book, cover to cover, not only with a fabulous collection of recipes but with mountains of information, alternatives, ideas, and even some secrets to steal. We all want to feed our families good, yummy food often and easily, and with Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals, you’ll want to get right into the kitchen and start cooking for them.”
—Jody Adams, chef/partner of Rialto and author of In the Hands of a Chef

“Sara Moulton has taken her years of experience as a restaurant chef, TV host and cook, working mother, and home cook and used them to compile a beguiling collection of helpful, time-saving tips and sumptuous recipes in Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals that will wow both family and friends.”
—Nina Simonds, author of A Spoonful of Ginger and Classic Chinese Cuisine

“Sara is America’s gift to home cooks. She learned her craft from the beloved Julia Child, and with her talent for creating simple, easy, affordable meals, her cooking secrets will change your kitchen life.”
—Art Smith, author of Back to the Table

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Sara has some fabulous recipes in here!
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The recipes are simple, fast and taste great.
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I enjoyed making the meals for my family.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Curmudgea on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you don't have perfect eyesight, don't buy this wonderful cook's latest book. I agree with all the raves from other reviewers about the content, but I'm having to strain and squint to read the text, which is in alternating pale beige and pale green type. The ingredient lists are set in even paler shades of those colors. It appears to be a case of a graphic designer's aesthetic sense running amok over the user's need for easy readability in the kitchen.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Moulton talks about the comments she heard while publizing her last book "Sarah Moulton Cooks at Home". Most of them were about wanting to cook those recipes but not finding time. Moulton was puzzled, thinking these are favorite recipes, but not much time expended on thinking about required minutes to prepare. She goes on to recall how she discovered her need for the same, great food without much fuss for weeknight craziness.

Thus, this volume of some two hundred such recipes. They are organized well into common groupings: soups, salads, poultry, etc. She gathers with international flair and flavor, which should help expand many weeknight chef's cusine range. Ingredients are not difficult, given access to normal supermarket pantry offering, however she provides internet and mailorder sourcing as well.

There is good section on pantry stocking, as well this collection doesn't take the mese en place attitude, but one that I've followed, doing some things in what would otherwise be down time, waiting for such and such step to be completed. Also, upfront she lists her assumptions which one would do well do peruse and return to on occasion, e.g. "eggs are large; vanilla extract is pure" etc. Time is given for each recipe in two categories: hands-on and total prep.

Found absolutely attractive were such as: "Charred Tomato, Chicken and Tortilla Soup"; Mexican Chicken Salad; Brie, Bacon and Spaghetti Frittata; Annie's Favorite Pasta (Cartwheel Pasta wiht Breakfast Sausage and Creamy Tomato Sauce; Thanksgiving Hens; Baked Fish with Horseradish Crust;Potato-Crusted Salmon with Red Wine Sauce; Asian Spiced Roasted Baby Carrots; Radish and Orange Salad with Peppery Orange Dressing; Meditteranean Orzo Pilaf; Blueberry Yogurt Pie.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paula Francese on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I admire Sara Moulton and appreciate her cooking skills. I've used several of her recipes in the past and will continue to consult her version of dishes. What disappoints me about this book is the publisher's error in using pale ink throughout. As others have mentioned, this book is difficult to read. What's up with publishers who make it hard for you to read text? Looks like the designers had an upper hand over the editors in this case. Shame on them!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent cookbook, especially at the price (200 recipes for less than 20 bucks!). Sara, while classically trained as a chef, has a good grasp on what your average home cook is capable of, both time-wise and technique-wise. Her recipes are things that your family will actually eat and that you'll be able to afford - no truffle-braised jaw of chilean seabass with balsamic pomegranate reduction here.

The book is filled with useful tips about ingredients and cooking methods, and the recipes are clearly well-tested... as far as I can tell, they all work! Learning to cook from Sara Moulton seems a lot like what learning to cook from your mother should be.... and for those of us who are children of the '70s and '80s and had working moms who almost never cooked, that is a real blessing!

Well done, Ms. Moulton!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Scallan on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really like Sara. I think she has a great mastery of cooking quick, simple and delicious meals. However, I am also a fan of beautiful cookbooks, and I find it hard to decide whether or not I want to make the meal without being able to look at a picture of the food. They say we eat with our eyes first, and that makes sense to me. So if you're like me, you might want to go to the bookstore so you can check out the book before buying it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martha L. Blair on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've learned so much from Sara on Food Network. She was always my favorite so I'm glad to see so many tips and techniques in the new book. However, the faint print and glossy paper make for difficult reading while trying to prepare a recipe. I wish all cookbooks came with spiral binding and dark print!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is great, I use it constantly. The recipes are very clear and she really pays attention to the details, which makes all the difference. Plus they are unique without being too unique, if you know what I mean (my kids will still eat the food!) Some of my favorites are the pork tournedos, the southwestern sweet potatoes, basically the whole salads chapter, escarole and white bean soup, keema matar... okay I have a lot of favorites. Am thinking of buying this cookbook as a christmas present for someone because I've had such luck with it. Only complaint is some of the ingredients can be hard to find, but that's probably because I live in a rural area and so grocery store options are limited.
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61 of 80 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
`Sara's Secrets for weeknight meals' goes part of the way to explaining why author, Sara Moulton has been absent from new episodes of shows on the Food Network. While her content on her various shows never impressed me quite as much as my favorites, Mario Batali and Alton Brown, she was always next in line, especially after `In Martha's Kitchen' left the Food Network when Ms. Martha took her little enforced vacation in a federal prison.

Much of my appreciation for Sara's shows was based on her being the protégé of the great Julia Child, but even more was based on her great personality on the air. She seemed to have none of the more annoying tics or mannerisms of Emeril, Rachael, Paula, or Tyler, even though I have much respect for the latter three of these hosts' shows and books.

I actually liked Sara's earlier one hour `Cooking Live' show than I did the later half hour `Sara's Secrets' show, as, like Martha's show, I really liked the guests on both shows. This seems to be a feature that has disappeared from Food Network shows except for an occasional appearance on `Emeril Live'. `Sara's Secrets' also seemed to be misnamed, as the show was rarely about basic technique. It was all about doing three dishes at home for a typical meal. And, that being so, the `make ahead' aspect of the show seemed to be a bit bogus, as making ahead for Wednesday would take up time you need to make dinner on Monday and Tuesday. The `make ahead' plans seemed to be useful only if you were entertaining, but the quantities were rarely for more than four to six people, so it really wasn't `entertaining' quantities, except on a few special shows dedicated to parties. Therefore, I was just a bit skeptical about what I will find in this new book.
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