- Series: Cooking Light
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxmoor House (June 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0848726286
- ISBN-13: 978-0848726287
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cooking Light Superfast Suppers: Speedy Solutions for Dinner Dilemmas Hardcover – June 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
I pick something to make over breakfast, make a small shopping list, then take 20 minutes to make dinner when I get home from work.
With twice the effort I could make slightly better food, but this book makes everything super-duper easy. It's healthier and easier than getting takeout.
I've made probably 30-40% of the menus in this cookbook now, cooking them nearly every night. The only down side is the more expensive ingredients (sometimes) and quite frankly the time it takes to find and purchase all of the ingredients in the grocery store. I spend a lot more time in the produce aisle these days.
Two favorite chapters are the section of meals for two people, and the "20 ingredients" chapter, where you keep 20 ingredeints on hand to make each of the 20 recipes. Favorite menus include peppered beef tenderloin with orange-herbed asparagus and crusty french rolls, pan-seared chicken in proscuitto-fig sauce with roasted green beans, caesar-style green salad, and whole grain rolls, chicken piccata with garlic-basil pasta and steamed green beans, and seared chicken with avocado and tortilla chips con queso... yum!!!!!
like many cooking light cookbooks, some recipes use prepackaged, precooked and/or processed foods. i found once i knew what i was doing a bit better i could substitute fresh ingredients where necessary. (examples: frozen cooked chicken, frozen mashed potatoes, commercial pesto, frozen beef stew, etc.) i originally purchased this & began cooking out of necessity, so it was o.k., but now i don't like it as much for this reason.
there is a section of side dishes in the back of the book, but it doesn't contain the great majority which are dispersed along side most of the entrees. while convenient at the time, it makes finding them again a pain.
the serving sizes are small!
the recipes are good, easy, and guide you through with a chronological supper plan, including serving suggestions.
there's even a good french toast recipe, despite the "supper" title, rationalized by breakfast for supper. =D
i am usually cooking for 2, and while this cookbook is not entirely geared for 2, it does have a nice little section for just that, and the other recipes are not overwhelmingly large.
Adding 2 Years later:
Still my most used cookbook. Easy, practical recipes that result in great tasting dishes - worthy of company.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A relative had suggested this was a good book-I found the recipes a bit boring, but everyone's tastes are
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I have a library of cookbooks, but I keep coming back to my Cooking Light cookbooks because not only are the recipes, easy, cheap, and delicious, but they are also healthy, for the... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Robert Varga
I've had this book for years but decided to write a review tonight after a yummy and simple dinner that I made for my husband and my 16 month old son. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by E. Butler
I own two copies of this book-one for my home and one for my motorhome and I use them both places. For traveling I decide on menus for my trip, make a shopping list from the one... Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by keg
I am middle-aged and for the last four years I have been altering my diet, step by step, to reduce my cholesterol and maintain a proper weight. It hasn't been easy. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Trueheart
Purchase for my daughter, who works fulltime. She has enjoyed these quick, fast, easy recipes. She likes to cook healthy also and feels this is a good cookbook to have in your... Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Nana3
I want to eat healthy and I want to like this cookbook, but I cannot eat seafood. Even reading about seafood or looking at pictures of it makes my stomache upset and I feel like... Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by C
This is a great book... we have made about 5 recipes from it so far and most of them have been good, though one was a little bland and I had to doctor it. Read morePublished on October 29, 2009 by K. Fulton