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Cooking Light Complete Meals in Minutes: Over 700 Great Recipes
Cooking Light Complete Meals in Minutes: Over 700 Great Recipes
by Editors of Cooking Light Magazine
Edition: Hardcover-spiral
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks, September 20, 2013
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I love this cookbook and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks. 700 recipes offer a great variety of recipes to choose from it was hard to decide where to begin.

It says meals in minutes and I do not agree with the reviewers who said it did not offer menus. No it does not layout menus but for many of the recipes they offer "make it a meal" where it suggests what you can serve with the recipe, I really liked this.

Here is the deal with the make it a meal, if you are watching calories you will have to figure out the calorie amount for the rest of the meal yourself. You will only have the actually calories for the recipe and not the make it a meal addition. Also the foods that they suggest you add to make it a meal are not recipes in the book. It may be that they say add some basmati rice and sauteed sliced carrots. It still should not be to hard to keep track of calories, if that is what you are doing.

The recipes have turned out well for me and they are honestly easy to prepare. When I received the cookbook I just read through it and then read it again. I couldn't decide what recipe to try, in the end my fridge won out since I did not want to go to the store. I just looked at what I had and found a recipe I could make and was happy with the results.

I like that many of the recipes call for things that most cooks will already have on hand. If not everything very close to everything and a quick substitution will do without causing a run to the supermarket, which is great.

I am a cooking light fan and this cookbook did not disappoint.


Cooking Light The Food Lover's Healthy Habits Cookbook: Great Food & Expert Advice That Will Change Your Life
Cooking Light The Food Lover's Healthy Habits Cookbook: Great Food & Expert Advice That Will Change Your Life
by (Dietitian) Janet Helm
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners, September 20, 2013
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This is a great book and I would give it five stars if it had clearly said for beginners or getting started. I love the layout, recipes and advice, but the advice was not new to me. I do not fault the book for this and I did see that some of the other reviewers said it was for beginners. Since I am fairly new to healthy eating I thought it still provide good information and while it did, not really much new information for me.

This is not a cookbook it is a healthy eating lifestyle book, not a diet book. If you are looking to change you eating lifestyle then this is a great book to start with. It is easy to read, beautiful pictures and gives just enough information not to overwhelm a person. It is simple enough to make a person feel like taking on the task of moving towards a healthy lifestyle is actually doable.

Great book and I recommend it to anyone who is beginning the journey to an healthy lifestyle, not diet, lifestyle.


Cooking Light Way to Cook: The Complete Visual Guide to Everyday Cooking
Cooking Light Way to Cook: The Complete Visual Guide to Everyday Cooking
by Editors of Cooking Light Magazine
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful guide for the beginning cook, covers just about everything, July 11, 2013
I love this book, so very helpful and easy to understand.

The books begins with the cooling light way to cook and covers:

How to cook healthy: Oils, Milk, Butter, Cheese, fish shellfish, meats, poultry, salt and sugar.
Cooking from a global pantry: Herbs, spices, spice blends and vinegars.

The sections ends with giving tips on balancing ingredients, maximizing flavors and more.

The next section is kitchen essentials: pots, pans, ects. appliances, tools and utensils for the kitchen.

Stocking the pantry is broken into lists of items for the pantry and divided into the beginner's, intermediate and advanced pantry and ends with how to freeze.

There are four additional sections:
Fast & Fresh covers: Assemble, steam saute, stir fry, pan fry & oven fry and broil.

Flavorful and Slow covers: Boil & simmer, braise, caramelize, and roast.

Fire & Smoke covers grilling

Oven and Griddle covers baking

Each section teaches how to cook a variety of foods using those methods. There are also instructions throughout the book on such things as how to de-kernel corn, make stew, slice parsnips and more.

The last of the book covers nutritional analysis, ingredient substitition guide, seasonal produce guide and metric equivalents.

This is a wonderful guide but to teach you the different methods of cooking and much more.


Taste of Home Cookbook, 3rd Edition: Best Loved Classics and All-New Favorites Bonus Chapter: 30 Minute Light Recipes
Taste of Home Cookbook, 3rd Edition: Best Loved Classics and All-New Favorites Bonus Chapter: 30 Minute Light Recipes
by Taste of Home
Edition: Ring-bound
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information and wonderful recipes, July 11, 2013
The front cover of the book starts with food equivalents: grapes 1 pounds = 3 cups, Etc.

The first section is 30 minute light entrees, all recipes include cooking/prep time and nutritional information.

The beef pits with yogurt sauce was a hit with my family.

The sections are typical: Soups, appetizers, beef, seafood, vegetables, ETC. Each section begins with the top three tips for that section.

The kitchen basics section talk about measuring tools and techniques, knives, cutting, cookware, bakeware, tools and gadgets, food safety, basic table setting, lightening up recipes. menu planning pointers, stocking and storage guidelines (very helpful), herbs and spices and a glossary.

The beginning of each section lists the recipes for that section. The section also gives useful definitions and other useful information. When appropriate the section gives cooking methods for instance for beef and veal it breaks the cooking techniques down into braise, broil, grill, roast, pan broiling,pan frying, and cooking in liquid. Then it list the types of cuts of meat and checks which cooking method is good for each cut for instance: Rib Chops can be braised, broiled, grilled or pan fried. There are also guidelines for roasting beef and veal, tells the cut, weight and how long it should be braised at what temp and ends with defrosting guidelines. The sections also includes a picture of a cow sectioned off and pictures of cuts and where the section is located on the cow. Great information.

Many of the recipes give variations on the recipe. There are instructions throughout the book like how to shape cabbage rolls, make a pock in a pork chop and testing fish for doneness.

This cookbook is a wealth of information. It tells you about different types of cheeses and what other foods they pair well with (asiago is good with pasta, grapes, apples and pears).

Every section provides so much information that it makes the beginning cook feel much more comfortable not only about cooking but food in general. The sections will tell you how to buy, store, freeze, cooking times. Don't know how long apples or pears will last in the fridge, just look it up. Wondering which fruits you can freeze, it tells you. Wondering if you can freeze egg yolks, they tell you how.

This is more than a cookbook it is truly a book that teaching you about food.

I would recommend this book to anyone for the information alone, the multitude of great recipes are like icing on the cake.


How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food--With 1,000 Photos
How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food--With 1,000 Photos
by Mark Bittman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.63
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the new cook, this book shows and explains a lot of things, July 11, 2013
I love this book. I am not an very experienced cook but I am learning and this book has been very helpful.

The book begins by telling you how to stock your pantry and fridge. He then tells you about equipment you will need along with pictures and explanations. The next section explains building flavors and covers fats, aromatics, salt, pepper, chilies herbs, acids, salty and/or smoky ingredients and spices.

The book then goes into preparation (rinsing, holding a knife, trimming, peeling, cutting into chunks, chopping, mincing, slicing, measuring dry ingredients and measuring liquid ingredients}.

The next section covers techniques (boiling, simmering, steaming, sauteing, stir-frying, searing or browning, braising, baking, roasting, broiling, grilling, panfrying and deep frying).

The recipes tell you how much time it takes to cook and how many it serves but no nutritional information. He also gives several pictures per recipe to guide you along the preparation and cooking process. Each recipe included tips and variations on the recipe, very nice and ends with a learn more like telling you where in the book to find out how to do certain techniques such as deep frying or peeling sweet potatoes.

Bittman provides helpful information about ingredients like a primer on salad greens, how different ones taste, buying, preparing and storing. He gives a brief lesson oils and vinegars, pasta basics, tomato sauce variations and much more.

This book is great and just does just as it says, it teaches you the basics. It is a very helpful guide and it ends with teaching how to build a menu and a list of lessons.

This is a great book for beginning cooks.


The Bon Appetit Cookbook
The Bon Appetit Cookbook
by Barbara Fairchild
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.80
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1200 recipes, where to begin, July 11, 2013
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Massive is the word for this cookbook. The sections are typical, appetizers, pastas, potatoes, ETC.

The cookbook starts with tell you how to stock a well stocked kitchen, from equipment, pots & pans, and tools. Next they tell you how to stock your pantry, refrigerator and Freezer. There is cooking terminology, How to's (pit an avocado, cut winter squash, peel a pineapple, toast nuts and many more), not really sure how they choose the topics but the information is helpful and tips (recipe preparation, ingredients, measuring and cooking).

There are a wonderful variety of recipes and anyone is surely able to find something to make from this cookbook. This cookbook is for impressing your eaters. The recipes are easily laid out but do not tell you preparation or cooking time at the being of the recipes, some make take longer to prepare then you realize. Some recipes also give you suggestions of food to accompany the dish you are preparing. Sometimes they will also tell you if you can use something different such as the recipe calls for pork but it may say that you could use chicken instead, I like this, makes it easier to use what you have on hand.

This is Bon Appetit so it is not unusual for a recipe to have many ingredients and some recipes may not be as easy for beginning cooks, but the only way to move from being a beginner cook is to step up to more difficult recipes.

The recipes are not heavily sorted by cuisines like Asian or Middle Easter although they do sort a few in this way. What I do like is that they sort recipes by ingredient, say you are looking to use coconut there are about 10 recipes listed under coconut. This is great if you have bought an item that you don't usually purchase and you are looking for a recipe to create with that item.

When I prepare recipes from this cookbook I am always pleased with myself and happy that my family enjoys the food. I also use this cookbook when I want to impress my guests and hear praises for my cooking.


Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen
Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen
by Ruth Reichl
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.07
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1000 recipes offers choices galore, July 11, 2013
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I will begin with the sections are typical as far as how the book is categorized. The index is wonderful because they sort the recipes in a variety of ways, by item or culture which I love.

the green sections of the book are guides such as Which glass for which drink, Olives, the art of stir fry(something I love cooking)and okra. Very helpful information, turns the cookbook into a reading book.

Some of the recipes require lots of ingredients and a lot of time to prepare, but worth the effort.

It is so easy to keep cooking food the same way over and over causing boredom with cooking. This book helps you step outside your normal and create dishes that your family and friend will love. The recipes go from appetizers to drink and everything in between. It would be hard not to find something to prepare from this cookbook.

Many recipes include cooks notes that will tell you what you prepare in advance, how long you can store items and if you need special equipment.

Some of the main dish recipes include suggested sides to go with the dish which can be very helpful if you are not sure what to pair with the dish.

This book also includes menus sorted by season(summer, spring, Etc.), Holiday, Party and International menus.

The book includes Gourmets usual tips and techniques, glossary and sources sections.

Great cookbook that will brings years of good cooking to your household.


The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes
The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes
by Ruth Reichl
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive and a treasure trove of a variety of recipes, July 11, 2013
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I love this cookbook and the only problem I have with the cookbook is that some ingredients you make not have on hand or are available at your local market. That being said it is a gourmet cookbook so it is cooking above the normal everyday cooking.

Over 1000 recipes and it shows, the book is massive. The recipes cover cuisine from all over the world and that is wonderful. You can look up recipes such as Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Hungarian, Jewish, Italian, Mexican, Turkish and many more. This is great if you want to experiment outside of American cuisine. It can be a wonderful way to introduce your family to the cuisine of other cultures. I try to teach my kids about other cultures and we will research an area and learn about that area and I will prepare a dish from that culture, this is one of the cookbooks I turn to when looking for a recipe.

Throughout the book they also teach you about food like information on Chile Peppers, Potatoes, Oysters, Italian Cheese, Noodles and many more. The information is brief but very helpful.

Be prepared many of the recipes require lots of ingredients and quit a bit of work, but I have found the recipes to be worth the effort. Some of the recipes include notes, such as parts that you can make ahead, how long you can store the dish, and if you can freeze the leftovers.

The sections covers the normal: Vegetables, Soups, Beef, Ect. In the back there is section that covers the basics: stocks, Creating spice blends (Chinese five spice powder), pastes and clarified butter.

There is a very short section of tips and techniques, like using salt and pepper, toasting seeds and toasting spices.

The glossary is very helpful to me because occasionally I ran across an item that I did not know what it was like Asafetida(an Indian spice), Calabaza(pumpkin) and Urad Dal(black lentils).

There is an sources sections with website addresses. This cookbook is not new so many of the websites no longer exist, but many do and provides a great resource for finding ingredients not available locally.

When you are looking to step up your cooking game, this cookbook will help you do the job,


The Cook's Country Cookbook: Regional and Heirloom Favorites Tested and Reimagined for Today's Home Cooks
The Cook's Country Cookbook: Regional and Heirloom Favorites Tested and Reimagined for Today's Home Cooks
by America's Test Kitchen
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes you can trust, July 11, 2013
I watch cooks country on television and the recipes from the book turn out great. I love the fact that they had a section on slow cooking and wish they had included more as I love to use my slow cooker.

The cookbook includes 500 recipes and I have used many of the recipes with great success. I love that cooks country uses items that you commonly keep in the house and do not have to go out and buy a lot of new ingredients.

Throughout the book they include tips, how to instructions, equipment reviews and lots of information on they many different things they tried to perfect a recipe.

This book is a winner and makes finding something to make for the family a snap.


Salsas of the World
Salsas of the World
by Mark Charles Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.82
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Large variety of salsa recipes, July 9, 2013
This review is from: Salsas of the World (Paperback)
I am giving this book four stars because many of the recipes call for ingredients that you will not have readily available and may be hard to find.

There is a large variety of salsas in this book and the salsas have a heat rating which I like. I love salsas and they can really punch up a meal. While I understand that the salsas come from around the world, it would have been nice if they had provided substitutions for items that are not easy to find.

Also some recipes have over 20 ingredients which is a lot for a salsa. We tend to think of making salsas as being more simple than 20 ingredients.

Yet I am still giving this book four stars due to the large variety of salsas and I have tried several recipes and just substituted item and had the salsa turn out good. The value in this book is the creativity it offers and new ways of thinking about salsa then we in America tend to think about salsa.

The books sections are:
Easygoing
Complex puzzles
Classic dried chile
Tropical
Smoky and satisfying
Fresh and easy
Fireworks
Ripe and fruity
Hot and sour
Basic recipes

The salsa recipes are truly from around the world covering areas such as France, Japan, Hong Kong,, Turkey, Italy and many more country, some that you wouldn't normally think of as salsa countries.

If you love salsas and looking to change up your typical salsa recipe choice and try something different, this book is a great place to start.


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