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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; English Language edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811831949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831949
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Diane Rossen Worthington's Seriously Simple: Easy Recipes for Creative Cooks delivers on the promise of its title. The award-winning chef and author provides sophisticated flavor combinations while keeping the ingredients, and, most importantly, prep time, to a minimum. Chilled Summer Squash Soup with Basil makes a great starter course or light entrée; Grilled Lamb Chops with Cilantro-Mint Sauce yields a rich yet refreshing result with almost no work, especially with the use of a food processor; and the Summer Fruit Crisp (much less work than a homemade pie) includes a custard layer made with crème fraîche. Keeping with her theme of simplicity, Worthington has provided many suggestions for "advanced preparation" so that the busy cook can do some, or all, of the preparation long before mealtime. The most unique element of this cookbook is "the clever cook could" entry with each dish, in which Worthington makes suggestions for substituting ingredients and how to use the leftovers in savvy and tasty ways. Worthington's recipes will help shorten the work to get food on the table but should also increase the enjoyment while at it. --Teresa Simanton

About the Author

Diane Rossen Worthington is a food writer, consultant, and James Beard Award winning broadcaster who trained at the London Cordon Bleu. She is the author of The Taste of Summer (0-8118-2468-3) and The Cuisine of California (0-8118-1651-6), and lives in Sou

Noel Barnhurst is a San Francisco based photographer whose work has appeared in Bon Appetit and Fine Cooking.

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Simple, extremely flavorful, and easy to modify recipes to personal tastes.
Veronica Rusnak
I think this book would make a wonderful gift to anyone who loves to cook or just wants a change from what they usually prepare at mealtime.
Lisa Pizza
My son is an excellent cook and I saw this cookbook at his home during a recent visit.
Dennis C. Rasch

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I own all of this author's cookbooks and love them all. But this one reaches a new height. The author understands what it means to live in a house where all cooking adults work but where no one is satisfied with restaurant or take-out food. She provides recepies that are in fact simple: marinades that are easy to make; combinations of ingredients that are immediately accessible; good healthy food that all members of the family are likely to enjoy. The recepies are for the most part easy, but they are also extremely elegant. Kids will love the simplicity and the great taste. Gourmets will admire the subtlety. A user-friendly, teriffic book.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Pizza on November 8, 2002
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My sister bought this book for me, knowing that with two small children I don't have much time to prepare gourmet meals. This book gives some great ideas on how to prepare fabulous meals easily and with little time required. I especially love how the author includes "the clever cook could" section to most of the recipes which gives ideas on how one could serve any leftovers or jazz up the meal. The photographs are beautiful as well. I think this book would make a wonderful gift to anyone who loves to cook or just wants a change from what they usually prepare at mealtime.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2002
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First of all, I am not a cook but now there is hope for me using this wonderful new cookbook. My family likes to eat in restaurants and these recipes let me prepare that kind of food.
The recipes are as the title states: serious and simple. I particularly loved the section on setting up a pantry. If you want to cook, eat, and learn about high quality, healthy, fresh, food, run out and buy this book. ps Try the scallops!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2003
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I love this cookbook. It has become my favorite and is nearly always on the kitchen counter at our house. It is easy to follow, provides great suggestions for stocking a kitchen (equipment, pantry, refrigerator, herb garden), instructions for staples (like her "seasoning salt"), and includes interesting recipes that are fun to share with family and always a hit with guests. The recipes are truly SIMPLE to follow, and make you look like a SERIOUS cook, even mid-week after a day at work - - hence, the title is apt. Try the ribs with hoisin sauce, the fish stew with chipotle sauce, lamb with goat cheese and spinach, the pasta with sausage and tomatoes, the dense, gooey chocolate cake cooked mostly on the stovetop, and many others.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Rusnak on April 2, 2004
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Simple, extremely flavorful, and easy to modify recipes to personal tastes. You end up with dishes that look and taste like you ordered them from some nouvelle cuisine restaurant. I haven't made anything in here that didn't simply rock. Flavors actually sparkle. Wonderful attitude about cooking.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SF reader on July 19, 2005
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This cook book is one of the better finds out there. Most cook books with the word "simple" in the title are filled with recipes that start with a can of condensed soup. This cookbook really is creative. The fish stew is fabulous. A friend of mine prepared it for me (along with the marscapone toasts with honey and berries). I like it so much I had to get the cookbook. I've since tried several other dishes--all fabulous.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2003
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I love this cookbook! The recipes ARE simple, the flavors are wonderful. They're easy enough for everyday cooking, and delicious enough for guests.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Maxwell on July 31, 2006
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I LOVE this book. The title is perfect. Every recipe I have tried has seriously been simple to prepare. Great color photographs make it easy to flip through and find something new to try. The dishes actaully look like the pictures! Each dish turns out tasting wonderful, and many have become repeat favorites in our house. I've purchased this book as a gift several times and won't hesitate to do so again.
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