- Hardcover-spiral: 256 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Spi edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451662254
- ISBN-13: 978-1451662252
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 339 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jessica Seinfeld is the author of two New York Times bestselling cookbooks and the President and Founder of Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York’s families. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
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The contents of this book has 7 sections outside of the introduction, index and acknowledgements.
1. Gear Up: This section discusses the basic kitchen tools you need in the your home to cook the recipes in the this book as well as just simple basic meals. She goes over knives, pots/pans/skillets, preparation utensils like cutting boards, mixing bowls, and pans to bake with. She also covers some electric appliances like mixers, blenders, slow cooker etc. Most of these items are simple tools you use in your home, nothing extravagant for a more experienced cook.
2./3. Stock Up/Set Up: These sections covers how to make cooking in the kitchen as easy as possible by doing things ahead of time.
4. How To: This section will show you how to put to action all those "complicated" cooking terms when you follow a recipe. The author breaks down several food items and teach how they may be asked to be prepared like garlic, onion, herbs. etc.
5. Recipes: Recipes are broken down into the following categories: Breakfast, Chicken, Meat, Fish, Pasta, Vegetables, Grains & Beans, Salads, and Desserts. There are over 100 recipes so there is a little something for everyone.
Each recipe is very easy to follow and the author really does a great job at breaking down each step to avoid confusion. Here are few of my favorite recipes.
Skillet Roasted Potatoes & Chicken
Chicken with Rice & Peas
Herb Roasted Beef with Potatoes & Carrots
Smashed Potatoes with Chives
Lemon-Thyme Portabello Mushrooms
Roasted Cauliflower & Sage
Broiled Honey Nut Banana
6. Quickies: This section covers some simple meals you can create if you aren't comfortable yet handling the more complicated recipes in the book. These recipes cover ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These "recipes" require very little cooking.
7. Other Useful Things: This section covers other odds and in that that may help helpful to a more beginner cook like what fresh produce is in season, and storage and food safety guidelines.
In conclusion this book is great. I've been cooking for many years and only used it for the recipes but there are many layers to this book that can be helpful to just about anyone. There are also videos that show you how to do certain steps that you can access from online if you are a more visual learner as well.
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All of the wonderful introduction stuff aside, the meals are ridiculously tasty! My first meal seemed like quite a tall order but I did it, Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Tomatoes (see picture #1). The second meal seemed almost easy because of the practice with the first, Herb Roasted Beef with Potatoes and Carrots AND a dessert - Flourless Fudge Cake with Whipped Cream (see picture #2). Both meals and the dessert were delicious and my whole family was impressed with it. I highly recommend this book for beginner cooks who don't go into the kitchen for anything other than ice. Buy this cook book, introduce yourself to your stove and get cooking, you won't regret it!