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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060772921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060772925
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oversized, glossy and gorgeously photographed, this cookbook has the body of a fashion model but the soul of a harried mother. It offers dozens of inventive and delicious recipes, most of which require very little time in the kitchen and all of which make use of convenient ingredients. Marmalade Grilled Pork Steaks asks for little more than some pork, this morning's marmalade and a frying pan, but the recipe yields wonderfully tender salty-sweet steaks. Tomato and Eggplant Tarts are like pizza for grownups (and Hay is one of those down-to-earth cooks who doesn't shy away from using frozen pastry crusts). Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Stacks are attractive piles of protein; here Hay offers a terrific vegetarian variation, as she does in several recipes throughout the book. And the desserts-Blueberry and White Chocolate Mousse, Cheat's Apple Tarts and Chocolate French Toast-are as easy as they are enticing. So what's not to like about this volume? Two small things: the first is that it was originally published in Australia, and several of the recipes have yet to be Americanized. (Squid hoods, anyone? Desiree potatoes?) The other is that these pages are so lovely to look at that it seems a shame to splash them with soy sauce and dribble them with oil. After all, a cookbook this handy isn't likely to dwell on one's coffee table for long.
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Praise for 'The Instant Cook': 'As stylish as ever, this collections of of fabulous sounding recipes are tailored for cooks in a hurry.' BBC Good Food Magazine Praise for Donna Hay: 'Donna Hay is my inspiration' Jamie Oliver 'Hay's are those affordable, big, sexy paperbacks, oozing irresistable things!the photography is equally seductive' Independent 'If you are anything like me! almost always hungry, almost always pressed for time, almost always in the market for a fresh idea and absolutely always put off by the daunting complexity of chefs' recipes -- Donna Hay is for you.' R.W. Apple Jr, food critic, The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book will truly make you an instant cook.
A. Sahely
Recipes are well suited to entertaining as the finished recipes are unique, easy to prepare and the beautiful photos show how to simply and elegantly plate the dishes.
V. VANGILDER
And her recipes are great; I've tried at least a dozen and they all work and all taste delicious.
Always Cookin'

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard Orlin on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can't understand why Marianne Hagan hated this book. Nowhere in the introduction does it say it's for beginners. The recipes are simple and easy, but you DO have to have be able to do more than boil water. I tried around a dozen recipes and had no problems whatsoever. All the ingrediaents are listed and what's especially helpful is the fact that the author lists different variations for some of the recipes. For example: her recipe for Carmelized Lime Fish suggest using scallops, or salmon, or even shrimp; four for the price of one!

The recipes are simple and the pictures are yummy. Buy this book without hesitation.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Always Cookin' on May 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Donna Hay is a best-selling cookbook author from Australia whose signature style is beautiful, close-up, simply presented photos of food, plus easy, quick recipes. Her whole thing is the food--it should be easy to make (she likes Asian and Mediterranean flavors and a minimum of ingredients) and you should be able to see what it looks like without all the distraction of fussy napkins, utensils, flowers and stuff. Her books are over-sized so the photos are easy to see and the recipes easy to read. And her recipes are great; I've tried at least a dozen and they all work and all taste delicious. Thai Sticky Chicken was a huge hit in my house, and so easy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Vance on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this cookbook while browsing in a bookstore. It was a beautiful book. Once I opened it, I knew I liked it visually due to so many color photographs and it's beautiful design.

This book is not only visually beautiful and thoughtfully designed, but every single recipe has a photograph! I really liked that. And the focus is completely on the food - nothing else!

The recipes are straight forward and don't call for many ingredients that I don't already keep in stock regularly. They are easy to prepare and full of flavor. The presentation is outstanding, too.

I'm not a plan ahead, casserole type cook at night. I like to whip it up an hour or less before eating. This book does the trick and the reviews from my family are fantastic; even my 13 year old daughter loves them.

I have even entertained at a dinner party using her recipes. The salads are really outstanding. Overall, although her recipes are simple, the effect is powerful. Fresh approach to cooking.

I can't say enough about Donna Hay and the art director of her cookbooks. Visually yummy!!!!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V. VANGILDER on October 11, 2005
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I've only had this cookbook for a week and I've already made four of the dishes to much success. The recipes are simple but full of flavor. It's not a book that's going to hold your hand and teach you how to boil water, but a book that will show you successful combinations of flavors that lead to a delicious meal.

I especially liked the recipes that had variations and showed how simple changes in ingredients could make a completely different meal. It's prompted me to make slight variations to the recipes based on ingredients I had on hand. Recipes are well suited to entertaining as the finished recipes are unique, easy to prepare and the beautiful photos show how to simply and elegantly plate the dishes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dark chocolate on February 20, 2006
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I first discovered Donna Hay's work about two years ago, and I just love her books! The simplicity is blended with her amazing creativity, and every recipe is a knockout! I have always loved simplicity, and I love how it shines through in this book, and isn't lost with the goal to prepare amazing dishes fast. Donna Hay has another winner with this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CorinneP on April 9, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of Donna Hay and I love her cooking but somehow this book was a bit of a letdown. It was basic and most of the recipes were unappealing to me. I'm all for taking short cuts when cooking but these recipes just seemed to be done before and nothing new. I won't be sending it back because I love collecting cookbooks, however this will not be a book I get out often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Weber on December 9, 2009
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I own three Donna Hay cookbooks, all of which are excellent, but this one is my favorite. I really appreciate her approach to cooking: sophisticated food with easy-to-find ingredients on a short list. This book is particularly good with variations on many of the recipes. The styling of this book is gorgeous with photos of each recipe so you know what you are making. Being someone who likes good food, but doesn't necessarily love spending hours in the kitchen, I appreciate her real life approach in this book. It's okay to cheat and use store bought pastry dough. Really, it is. Seldom do such short cuts appear, but they do crop up occasionally. Readers should know that in case it's a put off to their style of cooking.

This book has really opened me up to some new flavor combinations that I wouldn't have thought to do. Delish!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rampaging Hippogriff on January 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Donna Hay's books are always beautiful and full of yummy food - simple versions of different recipes. It seems a little unfair, however, for the publisher's review to take exception to the Australianisms in it - it's written by an Australian, for heaven's sake. Australians are used to looking up ingredients they are not certain of from American cookbooks, I am sure American readers are smart enough to do the same - and might even have fun learning something. Also, the reviewer who complains about bringing to a simmer and not being told to peel the ginger: simmer is not the same as boil, it is gentler, and of course you peel the ginger, why do you need to be told this?
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