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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far!, October 10, 2010
This review is from: Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book: Her Biggest Ever Collection of All-New 30-Minute Meals Plus Kosher Meals, Meals for One, Veggie Dinners, Holiday Favorites, and Much More! (Paperback)
I own this book - Express Lane Meals - 365 days no repeats and Yum-O - just ordered 2 new ones. This by far is my favorite of all the cookbooks I own. I love the way it is sectioned out. It has a variety of food types and levels of prep. I rarely get one of her receipes cooked and on the table in 30min regardless of how many minutes she claims. I have learned to gage the receipes based on the ingredients list and the prep time required for each item. I am a planner so I have post-it's marked with the night of the week I am going to cook a recipe and I do a weekly shopping trip to the local co-op for the fresh ingredients. I try to match a meal that takes a little longer to the night I have more time and a larger yield recipe on the first or second night of the week so there are leftovers to take for lunches. Since I started planning and marking the meals for the nights of the week I have been much better prepared and do not end up feeding my 4 year old at 7:00pm instead of the ideal 6:00 to 6:30. I love Rachael Ray's recipes - never has a cook simplified such tasty food. I own several gourmet cookbooks and a time life series on cooking. If I was a stay at home mom and had 20 feet of counter space in my kitchen then maybe I would use them more. Rachael Ray has made it possible for two full time working parents to provide healthly - tasty - and affordable meals for our family. - Note on Rachael's portion sizes - most of here recipes make twice what my family eats so I tend to use 1/2 to 3/4 of the recommended ingredients. One of the things I like most about this book is the section "Meals for One" If I double or triple the ingredients, it's the perfect amount and they tend to be some of the most delicious yet simple recipes in this book. - Final thought, I buy all organic and find it very easy to replace hard to find items - just ask your local produce person what they have that is similar
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