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Mad Hungry Cravings Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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—Better Homes & Gardens
“Teach[es] home cooks how to prepare better versions of fast food indulgences.”
“A thoughtful, well-crafted book.”
“With Lucinda at your side, you can cook what you crave at home; it will be tastier, healthier and much less expensive.”
“A remarkable collection. . . . Mouth-watering recipes . . . [are] clearly written and easy to follow.”
“The latest work from the guru of real family meals.”
—The Denver Post
“Will appeal to readers looking for indulgent home-cooked recipes to satisfy fast-food cravings.”
“Score a family dinner home run with crowd-pleasing recipes from Lucinda Scala Quinn. Packed with everything from diner and burger joint favorites to takeout-style meals you can whip up at home, this book makes summer cooking fun.” --Better Homes & Gardens
About the Author
Lucinda Scala Quinn is the founder of Mad Hungry, the headquarters for home cooks looking for proven recipes, strategies, and inspiration. She is the author of four cookbooks, most recently Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys and Mad Hungry Cravings, and appears regularly on both morning television and QVC with her top-selling Mad Hungry kitchenware line. Lucinda is the former senior vice president and executive editorial director of food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the host of her own television show, Mad Hungry: Bringing Back the Family Meal, and she cohosted Everyday Food on PBS for six years. She lives and cooks with her husband and three sons in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
Mad Hungry Cravings runs contrary to our conventional wisdom about fast food and take-out being fast and easy. Lucinda Scala Quinn asserts that you can make your favorite comfort foods at home, and they will be healthier, tastier, faster, and cheaper than getting the restaurant version. After a few minutes of perusing this cookbook, she'll have you convinced.
This cookbook begins with a section on Scala Quinn's basic philosophy about crave-able foods. Keeping fresh ingredients on hand is half the battle. Start simply. Plan ahead and strategize. Broaden your horizons. These simple gems of advice are oh-so-obvious, yet so challenging to put into action. The author makes you feel like this is really possible, and that basic changes in the way your household operates can facilitate healthier, cheaper eating. She also explains the essential ingredients that make it possible to whip up Latin, American, Mediterranean, and Asian dishes without making special trips to the store. The rest of the cookbook is broken into the following categories:
Soups and Sandwiches
Noshes and Nibbles
Noodles, Rice, and Corn
Veggies and Sides
One of my favorite things about this cookbook is its excellent layout. The design is fun, fresh, and modern, making the cookbook easy to read and very accessible.Read more ›
The book begins with a look at the pantry, or as she calls it the larder. A lot of books begin like this, but this one is set up a bit differently. Your larder is divided into American, Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin. Under each category are the basic ingredients that you need to keep stocked.Read more ›
I have all of her cookbooks and have made many of her recipes on her blog and show as well. Nothing has ever failed or been a disappointment. What I really love about her style is she proves you can cook healthy meals from scratch even if you are a busy women in a chaotic house, or a college kid, bachelor or single person. Your family can eat meals that don't come from boxes or cans. You wont be disappointed. It's even an excellent book for teens and college kids to get into. She has recipes for foods we like to get from take out and shows you how to make it using the same amount of time it would take to go out and get it, being much healthier for our bodies and pocketbook. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.
I would suggest for purchase if you like trying to use real food and make at home.
The images in the book look delicious, and again, because the recipes aren't overly complicated, most don't take too long to execute. I've tried out a couple recipes already and they all taste great! This would be a nice gift for a college student, or a foody friend who is looking to make a quick meal - NOW! Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loaded with fast and easy ideas and available ingredients. Just what I look for in a cookbook.Published 4 months ago by rescueAdog
Love Lucinda and her meat loving family recipes. I also love her creative takes on restaurant and street foods to replicate at home.Published 4 months ago by Just a Mom
This is a fun book with good recipes that work. The banana chocolate chip cookies are terrific, and it's a real bargain at the pricePublished 11 months ago by paula hoffman
I think this book is just as good, if not better than the original "Mad Hungry, Feeding Boys and Men". First off, the book "feels" right. Read morePublished 13 months ago by browneyedmama
Love her, love everything she cooks.Miss seeing her on television.Published 14 months ago by barbara simko
Perfect! Love the pantry-items list. Fantastic book; fantastic author. And Laura Tempera was on the team which guarantees perfection.Published 18 months ago by Eli Shapiro