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Fast, Fresh & Green Paperback – April 28, 2010
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Not everything is fast. Not everything is green. But it is all freshly delicious. In this video, I show my own results with the recipes as well as give glimpses of what the cookbook contains.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
The book is a large paperback, and except for the middle of the book, refuses to lay open on its own, so a cookbook holder will be useful. The paper quality is good and I found spills wiped up easily. The index is comprehensive and makes finding recipes by ingredient a breeze.
Photographs are sprinkled throughout the pages, but only twenty-two of the dishes are pictured. Annoyingly, some of the photographs are wasted on stacks of potatoes, tomatoes or squash. The reader undoubtedly knows what those vegetables look like and would have benefited from a few more photographs of the prepared dishes. If the pages with photographs were divided into quarters, with little if any additional cost, each dish could have been pictured.
Cookbooks are primarily tools for use in the kitchen, and should be constructed with ease of use in mind. For example, using bold and pale fonts make the recipes difficult to read from a standing position while the book rests on the countertop. Providing nutritional information would also be appreciated.Read more ›
The "fast" part comes from you spending a few minutes cutting ingredients that ordinarily take a long time to cook (such as potatoes) into smaller pieces. Most recipes promise to be fridge-to-table in 30 minutes. Although several could be a meal in themselves (or they would if you added extra protein, like cheese), these recipes are primarily meant to be served with something, and Middleton usually provides guidance about what a dish would go with. (Often, it means the "with" can be simple, such as a roast chicken. You don't have to knock yourself out on a school night.)
The book is organized by cooking method, such as quick-roasting, stir frying, or grilling, and an introductory section discusses items you should have in your pantry and how to buy and store vegetables. Three quarters of the 90 recipes have no meat, making them suitable (though not optimized) for vegetarians. This is a very readable cookbook, too; that didn't surprise me because I've enjoyed so many of the author's articles in Fine Cooking over the years.
The key point, however, is that these recipes are _good_.Read more ›
Then I started cooking from it.
The first recipe I tried was Brown Butter Asparagus with Pine Nuts, which - okay, I admit it - I do just happen to have all the ingredients on hand for most of the time, except the asparagus that I'd gotten from the farmers market that morning. I like asparagus. I like it steamed, I like it sautéed, I like it roasted. I haven't made it any of those ways since I discovered this recipe.
The next step was to try something that was more unusual and didn't have simple pantry ingredients, so I chose the carrots stir-fried with ginger, lime, and cilantro, which required me to go buy the last three ingredients (although I will admit, it's not too unusual to find them on hand in my kitchen; maybe it's not as bad as I thought). The carrots were fast and fresh, if not green.
I haven't disliked a recipe from this book yet. I'm sort of working my way through it, and I imagine I'll hit a clinker sooner or later. It's going to be a tasty adventure in the meantime.
If you like vegetables, get this book. If you don't like vegetables, get this book. You won't be sorry.
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Lovely recipes for roasting, stir-frying, set-and-go, etc. I primarily used the roasting method with vegetables and meats. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trust Your Gut
This is an AMAZING book of healthy salads. We eat the receipies ALL year round. Thank You Amazon!Published 2 months ago by Patti Smith
I cook a lot of vegetarian / vegetable dishes byt there really was not a lot of dishes that I wanted to cook.Published 3 months ago by MI
I was tired of using microwaveable vegetables that are always soggy and bland. These recipes use minimal ingredients to make vegetables less boring and taste better!Published 4 months ago by J. Hutchinson
Best book for great sides I've ever owned. My husband and I are pescatarians and I'd say we cook a dish from this book to go with our main dish every evening. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KScott
So many recipes! I am eating healthier and I need a good way to cook vegetables other than roasting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michelle