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on September 4, 2009
Book is Ok. This is one of the least interesting books of the CIA that I own. My dissapointing comes from many of the recipies. Yes....they can look gourmet, but cooking them in minutes...give me a break!!. Many of them take 45 minutes to prepare(not taking into account the mise in place or soaking chickpease for example) Many recipes also rely on items that need 30 to 45 minutes to cook and also refer to a sauce or dressing that has to be cooked also in advance.ie: there is a picture of a Rice puding (40min to cook) that is shown with oatmeal cookies (a recipe also shown in the book and that takes 40 min to cook) and a cider and raisin Sauce sauce(45 min to cook). Another example? in page 185. Pesto stuffed chicken breasts, 45 min to cook and accompaignment is rice pilaf (45 min) and grilled vegetables (45 min)
Anything in life can be cooked in minutes, ranging from 1 minute to more than a million of minutes. But the title of the book misleads you if you are expecting to find recipes and instructions to plate and cook gourmet food in less than 30 minutes. This is just another recipe book from the crowd to me, with many of the recipies of little interest.