From Publishers Weekly
Puente all but explains how to boil water in this cookbook for the culinarily challenged. Aimed squarely at recent graduates, newlyweds and "kitchen novice single bachelors," the book provides hints, lists and recipes for cooks willing to branch out beyond corn flakes and milk. Puente (Elegantly Easy Crème Brûlée) assumes her audience knows nothing (witness such lines as "Never put... your hand inside a working blender or mixer" and "The shell protects the egg and if it is cracked or damaged, the contents will deteriorate rapidly"). Her recipes rely on such pre-made items as unbaked piecrusts, cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup and boxed cake mix, and encourage the use of microwave ovens and slow cookers. However, her book will be a godsend for brand-new chefs. Generally healthy and economical, the recipes vary from simple (Fluffy, Soft Scrambled Eggs) to inspiring (Asian-Style Mini-Drumsticks) and classic (Beef Stroganoff with Buttered Noodles) to frightening (Italian Ramen).
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About the Author
Debbie Puente is the author of Elegantly Easy Crème Brulee, Elegantly Easy Liqueur Desserts, and Deceptively Simple. A recipe consultant and food writer, she has been featured on Food TV's Food Finds, and makes regular appearances on HGTV's Smart Solutions. She lives with her husband and three sons in Southern California.