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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Many cookbooks promise "quick, healthy, and delicious" recipes, but few deliver. This one does! Henspserger is well-known for her reliable and innovative books on crockpot cooking. She has another winner with this book on weeknight cooking.

You'll find streamlined recipes for family favorites: Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi, Baked Crab Cakes, Flank Steak Beef Broccoli, Salisbury Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and many more. For the adventurous, there are recipes with exotic names that are actually easy to prepare - Chinese Spaghetti with Pork Sauce, Paillards of Chicken with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes (a favorite at our house), Lobster and Asparagus Benedict, Duck Breast Salad. I like the balance in the book between the familiar and the unexpected.

With few exceptions, ingredient lists are short, the emphasis is on fresh foods, and ingredients could be found in a typical grocery. I loved the special sections on helpful topics, such as "About Vinegars", "Tips for Great Pizza", and "Steamed Seasonal Vegetables", to name a few.

I buy a lot of cookbooks. Most are good for a quick read and for trying a few recipes that stand out. This one is different. I expect to be using it for many years.

To begin, try the Olive Oil Cornbread and the Sour Cream Cornbread with Cheddar and Corn Kernals - both are outstanding!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Coming up with tantalizing meals that are nutritionally sound night after night after night is difficult at best, and Beth Hensperger is an expert at making it easy and fun to treat your family on any ordinary Wednesday night (or Tuesday, or Thursday, or even (shudder) Monday. Hensperger's latest offering is Not Your Mother's Weeknight Cooking, and if she were my mother, I would never have left home. For instance, Beth's Mexican Chicken with Beer Glaze and Sweet Potato Fries whips up in about an hour, and is deliciously spicy, using a spice blend that Jacquie McMahan shared with Beth. I love that Beth gives credit where credit is due as well. If you have ever moaned, "I don't know what to fix tonight," buy this book. It will help a great deal.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Home-cooked meals need not be the exclusive province of stay-at-home moms. Not when there is Beth Hensperger's "Not Your Mother's Weeknight Cooking", an outstanding collection of 150 easy, nutritious, delicious dishes that are stress-free preparations of contemporary recipes for dinner dishes that are 45 minutes or less in preparation. Enhanced with a four-color insert showcasing finished dishes, the recipes range from Herb-Coated Tilapia; Spicy Chicken with Cilantro and Mushrooms; Scallops of Pork with Raisins and Sherry Vinegar; and Pan-Sauteed Lamb Chops with Blackberry Sauce; to Ravioli with Mushrooms and Sweet Peas; Peggy's Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup; Double Tomato Baby Lentil Salad with Olives; and Gold Beef Burgers with Cold Pea Salad. Each recipe features the Cooking Method, Prep Time; and Cook Time. The itemized ingredients list and the step-by-step cooking instructions make each recipe thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly'. Palate pleasing and appetite satisfying, "Not Your Mother's Weeknight Cooking" is especially recommended for time-constrained working women (and men!) wanting to enjoy meals that are several cuts above dumping something out of a can or popping something into a microwave.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
So far I have enjoyed all the recipes I have tried. The herb coated tilapia, shrimp provencal, and the black bean soup are just a few that I have loved so far. I do not consider myself very proficient in the kitchen. I need a recipe to make anything good. With this cookbook I feel like I'm eating a gourmet meal even though it was so easy to make. I also have her slow cooker cookbook and have enjoyed that too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I don't typically write reviews on cookbooks - even though I read cookbook reviews before buying and cook almost every night from a different cookbook (I have a pretty large collection and use many of them for our favorite meals). After another great dinner tonight, I wanted to share how much I am loving this cookbook. So far I have made the chicken piccata, baked halibut parmesan, escarole & sausage soup and - tonight - salibury steak with garlic mashed potatoes. My kids and husband just raved over this one. In fact, each one has been a hit. I am excited to continue exploring Beth's recipes - they come together fairly quickly, are pretty healthy (you can easily reduce a little of the butter without sacrificing the dish) and are very flavorful. Highly recommend!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Skimmed the book and tagged many interesting recipes. Tried one egg dish and it was good. Recipes are clear concise and to the point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
Hensperger's cookbook provides lots of international flair in recipes
designed to be prepared quickly for weeknight dining. She updates
traditional favorites with healthier ingredients and cooking
techniques and the book was an inspiring read. The book provides
plenty of options for meals made with pantry staples and reflects the
American trend towards eating more pasta, fish, chicken and vegetarian
meals.

The layout is clean and spiced up with purple and green type. The
home cook can easily skim through and find recipes' prep and cooking
times delineated to make simplify menu planning. The author offers
helpful suggestions to pair with the featured entrees.

Overall, this is a great all-purpose cookbook to have on hand in a
kitchen library that reflects modern eating habits in stylish way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love my other "not your mother's" cookbook I own in paperback, so I bought this for my kindle hdx. Big mistake -- it's not at all functional on the kindle. There is one page of links in the beginning to get to each chapter, but after that you're on your own. to get to any of the recipes you have to keep turning pages. Very frustrating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I think subconsciously I've been searching for this cookbook in my last 10 purchases of cookbooks. This is a wonderful cookbook full of exceptionally tasty recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Can't wait to work my way through all the recipes
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on November 27, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Great recipes in this book. They have been chosen for not only ease, but good flavor. I just wish the volume had more pictures.
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