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1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT waste your money!!, May 18, 2006
This review is from: Rachael Ray Express Lane Meals: What to Keep on Hand, What to Buy Fresh for the Easiest-Ever 30-Minute Meals (Paperback)
I must say, this cookbook is a huge disappointment. I have watched Rachael's shows for years, but I haven't purchased one of her books in a while. Please, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This book must be the worst cookbook that I have ever owned or seen! First of all, it is so cheaply produced, it's laughable. It's paperback, as usual, and it has hardly any pictures. I think there are only 8 or 9 pictures in the front of the book and that's it! As for the recipes, she has already made most of them on her show, Thirty Minute Meals. I suggest just visiting Food Network's site and printing out whatever recipes you would like. You can print them sized for a 3x5 or a 4x6 index card, and then just paste it on cards for your recipe collection.

Also, this book is so poorly organized! The table of contents is no help at all, and the way they have chosen to group recipes is rather odd. It's basically, quick and easy, moderately quick and easy, then more complicated and involved. It would be much more user friendly to group the recipes by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and/or by type of food (chicken, fish, pasta dishes).

I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that Ms. Ray just churns these books out as fast as she can in order to capitalize on her popularity as much as possible. This book has to be the worst she has offered, as it's just a useless gimmick to grab a quick sale. The lure of the "express" meal, or thirty minute dinner is great. However, when I think about it, many of my cookbooks contain wonderful recipes that I can make within 30 or 40 minutes. I strongly recommend the Everyday Italian book by Giada de Laurentiis. That cookbook is organized wonderfully, and includes many more pictures. My friends, family and I have all made many of these recipes in 30 to 45 minutes. Most of them are fairly easy, without too many ingredients. It's just that Giada doesn't try to obtain the sale from this fast and easy 30 minute angle.
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