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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cookbook Resources(TX) (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931294364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931294362
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today's busy lifestyles leave little time for home cooking. Our 3, 4 and 5-ingredient cookbooks help you enjoy "sit-down" meals again. Quick and easy, with simple ingredients, these recipes are super timesavers that are also easy on the budget.

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I love the easy recipes!
Carol Strom
This is a highly recommended read and especially so for the novice cook or the hurried family cook or the college bound student.
Harold McFarland
I am very busy but like to cook dinner when I get home from work.
Eileen Kimbell-Meaney

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 2, 2003
Format: Plastic Comb
In "The Ultimate Cooking with 4 Ingredients" author Jean Coates treats the reader to a plethora of simple, yet tasty, recipes. This is a particularly great cookbook for those with little cooking experience or for someone who wants to put together a balanced, healthy, home cooked meal without a lot of fuss. The instructions for preparation of each dish could not be easier. If you are used to the books with three or four paragraphs of preparation instructions you will be pleasantly surprised to find that these recipes can all be completed with only three to four simple steps.
I tried a few recipes and found that among my favorites were Potatoes Supreme, Hawaiian Pork, and Cola Chicken. Based on the ingredients list the Cola Chicken sounded so unlikely to taste good that I just had to try it and it turned out great. I also liked the way that Coates broke down the main dishes into the categories of chicken, beef, pork, and seafood instead of lumping them all together under the "Main Dishes" category like most cookbooks do.
The recipes often take advantage of mixes like a box cake mix or stuffing mix in order to keep the ingredients list down to four. But for the new cook or one who does not have a lot of time or want a lot of fuss making dinner it meets all the important requirements - quick and easy to prepare, goof-proof, minimal cleanup, and tasty. This is a highly recommended read and especially so for the novice cook or the hurried family cook or the college bound student.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Holl's Mom on November 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Nearly foolproof, very accessible to any reader. A great blessing for the following cooking-challenged people: busy parents, students, can't boil water types, no-time, no-patience, no-talent, no well-stocked kitchen, low-budget cooks. Very simple cooking methods and instructions. No snooty cooking jargon. A really great gift, a cookbook that will actually get lots of use.

The low number of ingredients saves money - no long shopping list for obscure spices you'll never use again. The ingredients are very common, easy to find in any grocery store, many canned items that do some of the work for you.

A nice big section on tasty appetizers provides plenty of easy ideas for Super Bowl munchies, study-session snacks, or contributions at those potlucks/family suppers where no one can tell you what to bring - "we've got it all covered" - but you can't show up empty-handed. Many interesting dips, served cold with crackers or chips, travel and keep well.

Also, plenty of main dishes, great fruit and vegetable salads, breakfast bakes and muffins, easy cookies, and much more.

To be fair, these dishes are aimed toward diners with simple tastes as well. Much flavor comes from cheeses, various salad dressing, canned soups, Jello, cool whip, etc. It's delicious food, but without "subtle nuances." You are not going to get Iron Chef judgments about the "clever layered flavors of the abalone immersed in camembert with a saffron bouquet garni." Just forget about that stuff, and indulge in great, fast, crowd- and family-pleasing finished dishes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on August 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Just as the king declared that Mozart had too many notes in his music, many cookbooks have too many ingredients, require too many exotic cookware or utensils, herbs and spices I've never heard of, or things I don't do like flambé or sauté. Cookbooks are complicated. The U.S. Constitution isn't complicated. A five-event, four-stroke horizontally opposed engine isn't complicated. A cookbook is complicated to starve by, or enough to send you running to Thai Tanic's Bang-Bang Chicken House.

The Ultimate 4 Ingredient Cookbook never requires more than four ingredients. It tells you what to do with little dots to the left of each bit of instruction. (I like that. It helps me keep my place). And whether it's for breakfast, lunch, dinner, salad, sandwiches, bread, beverages, soup, appetizers or desserts, there's never more than four ingredients except for the index, but who cares? You're not going to prepare index.

For the indifferent cook, the man who cooks indifferently, or for the cook whose guests suggest pizza or Chinese every time you threaten to cook for them, this is the book. It's for the man who doesn't feel like making a lot of food, dirtying a lot of dishes, and for the man who has absolutely no pride in his cooking. I'm guilty on all counts.

Next is the orange-sauced spare ribs!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Matthews on November 6, 2006
Format: Plastic Comb
This has been a great help for my grandson, a student with little time and money.
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By Ella Dillon on March 22, 2010
Format: Plastic Comb
This is an indispensable cookbook for me when I need something quick that I have all the ingredients for. Just recently made the apricot bars-4 ingredients and had company that loved it. Going to pick up another one for a niece who is new to cooking. I like to cook and will do more complicated recipes, but this fills the bill when I get home from work and have 3 boys demanding, "When's dinner?"
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By Carol Strom on April 18, 2014
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Book was in perfect shape and came very quickly. I love the easy recipes! This would make a great gift, too!
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i had this cookbook before and lost it in a move. i love the cookbook of course. i however am not happy with the person who sold it to me. yes i understand it was used but to say its in good condition and hardly used when it came with writting all over in it in pen and pencil ao it cant just be erased and with pages falling out of it i would not have bought it from them i would have went to someone else.... fell ripped off on a great book... sorry i ordered from this seller i sure wont do it again....
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