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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 book is organized ... making it easy to find exactly what you're craving. [Y]ou'll have to wrestle it away from friends who get sucked in by the hundreds of step-by-step and finished-dish photos. Total eye-candy that inspires you to want to cook." --Santa Rosa Press Democrat, November 8, 2009

About the Author

Heather Whinney grew up in Derbyshire, England, with simple home cooking. She trained as a home economist then went on to be the cooking school manager of the Cordon Vert Cookery School, the Vegetarian Society, and the food editor of Vegetarian Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DK (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756655773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756655778
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featuring vivid, full-color photography on every page, The Illustrated Quick Cook is a solid guide to cooking at home on a strict time budget. Shortcuts for everyday meals, food for friends, drinks and much more are covered at length. The many ways to speed up meal preparation range from better organization of one's cupboard to "batch and freeze" techniques for making large amounts of food and preserving it, and selecting from recipes ranging from "no-cook" foods to those that require only a minimum of preparation and cooking. Of special note are the vegetarian options (vegetarian dinner recipes include such delights as "Chunky ratatouille", "Lemony dal", and "Zucchini stuffed with raisins, red onion, and pine nuts"). An easy-to-use resource enthusiastically recommended for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of home-cooked food but has little time to spend - especially parents seeking to feed their children nutritious meals while balancing that responsibility with a demanding job!
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I really wanted to enjoy this book. It's quite pretty, with lots of different ideas but sadly the recipes did not stack up. We tried 4-5 and a few were ok but all of those were quite basic, things like quesadillas. The no cook fresh tomato soup was impossible to make to the directions, 6 tomatoes, 2 peppers and 2 cups of water will not fit in a standard blender! When it was done it was watery and mostly tasteless. I was able to salvage it by reducing on the stove, and adding herbs and spices.
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.
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I have numerous cookboooks from Julia Child on down, but this one is awesome, great pictures for every recipe, and they are not complicated, it truly is a quick cook book, and the photos make you want to try the recipes they look so great, have tried several and have not been disappointed, loved the book so much I gave one to brother for Christmas, he loves to cook but is very time conscious.
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I've had this book for three years now.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is big. And heavy. And it makes me want to spend forever making yummy things.

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.
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