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The Illustrated Quick Cook: Time-Saving Tips, After-Work Recipes, Cheap Eats Hardcover – September 21, 2009
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The cook and prep times were both too short on everything and it was frustrating having to adjust every recipe so it was edible.
I really wanted to try some of the tarts and pies but most of them called for pans that I didn't have to hand. If this is to be advertised as a great starter book then it's not helpful to have pans that are not easy to come by. One I couldn't locate even searching on Amazon!
Again I REALLY had hopes for this one but I'm glad I didn't spring for some of the more spendy meals. I feel that if you can't make the simple recipes and have them come out delicious then it's best not to lay out the cash for the more expensive ones.
I purchased it as an eager sophomore in college, ready for quick and healthy meals. This book does not deliver. The recipes appear to take little time to prepare, because the cooking times are incorrectly short: either they were grossly miscalculated, or this was intentional (it's common in cookbook publishing to fudge cooking times, e.g. of caramelized onions, so they do not turn consumers away).
I compared recipes in this book to others in my tried-and-true books and sources: The New Best Recipe, Baking Illustrated: A Best Recipe Classic, The Silver Spoon New Edition, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, recipes published by Alton Brown on the Food Network's website and his own website, and anything by Julia Child.
Tarts, pasta and sauces, cakes, cookies, fish, poultry, beef, pork, vegetables of all kinds -- the cookbooks and sources, above, all had a range of similar baking and cooking times for each category. Every recipe I've tried out of these have worked, except when it was my own failure (I forgot the flour in chocolate chip cookies!). The Illustrated Quick Cook's range of cooking times was vastly below that of the above sources, by five to fifteen minutes.Read more ›
It’s sorted into two main categories: Everyday, and Food for Friends. Within those categories are ten sub-categories (each, for a total of 20) such as No Cook, Get the Most from your Roast, Batch and Freeze, Big-Pot gatherings, No-cook desserts, Menu Planners, No-fuss Finger Foods, etc. Each recipe will tell the prep time, the cook time, tell you if it’s good frozen, or if it’s a healthy option. The front is loaded down with pictures and then sends you to the page with the recipe you want. The meals are also sorted by meat or protein type. And my favorite part?
Each recipe has a photo.
There are 700 recipes in this book. And each recipe has a photo. Next to it. You don’t even have to search for it.
This book makes me so happy. Check out the DK website for preview pages! (http://www.dk.com/us/9780756662196-illustrated-quick-cook/)
This would be such a great gift to a young professional or soon-to-graduate college student. Or a mom who doesn’t want fifty cookbooks, just one. Or a guy who is afraid of cookbooks. Or people like me who don’t cook anything if there isn’t a photo of it. It’s everything you need for every kind of cook. The new edition of this book is available at the publishers website.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of quick meals for working wives & mothers. Nice to have in my cooking library.Published 4 months ago by David Berge
Great book with great pictures of the food, amazing price, fast delivery.Published 16 months ago by Laurie
very good cook book easy to read and love the illustrations. Will order againPublished 22 months ago by sharon autrey
great cookbook with so many easy every day recipes and basics that can expand your repertoire in the kitchen. beautiful pictures and easy to follow recipes. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by ShlomoA
If you are looking for a book of GREAT, fast, recipes....THIS IS IT!
My wife loves to try new recipes. Most every day is something new. Read more
I have been collecting all the DK Publishing cook books, and I have to say that this is by bar the best series of cook books I own. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by John W Calderon
I bought this as a gift for a friend and she loved it! The illustrations are great and the steps are well written. You can't go wrong if you are in need of simple and new recipes.Published on December 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book is very well laid out. There are sections for technique, quick after work meals and company meals. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by ocd_reader