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Pretty but disappointing,
This review is from: The Illustrated Quick Cook: Time-Saving Tips, After-Work Recipes, Cheap Eats (Hardcover)
I really wanted to enjoy this book. It's quite pretty, with lots of different ideas but sadly the recipes did not stack up. We tried 4-5 and a few were ok but all of those were quite basic, things like quesadillas. The no cook fresh tomato soup was impossible to make to the directions, 6 tomatoes, 2 peppers and 2 cups of water will not fit in a standard blender! When it was done it was watery and mostly tasteless. I was able to salvage it by reducing on the stove, and adding herbs and spices.
The cook and prep times were both too short on everything and it was frustrating having to adjust every recipe so it was edible.
I really wanted to try some of the tarts and pies but most of them called for pans that I didn't have to hand. If this is to be advertised as a great starter book then it's not helpful to have pans that are not easy to come by. One I couldn't locate even searching on Amazon!
Again I REALLY had hopes for this one but I'm glad I didn't spring for some of the more spendy meals. I feel that if you can't make the simple recipes and have them come out delicious then it's best not to lay out the cash for the more expensive ones.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2011 3:34:28 PM PST
Wish I had read this review before buying the book. This one is so accurate.
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