- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1st edition (April 26, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060772921
- ISBN-13: 978-0060772925
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Instant Cook Hardcover – April 26, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Oversized, glossy and gorgeously photographed, this cookbook has the body of a fashion model but the soul of a harried mother. It offers dozens of inventive and delicious recipes, most of which require very little time in the kitchen and all of which make use of convenient ingredients. Marmalade Grilled Pork Steaks asks for little more than some pork, this morning's marmalade and a frying pan, but the recipe yields wonderfully tender salty-sweet steaks. Tomato and Eggplant Tarts are like pizza for grownups (and Hay is one of those down-to-earth cooks who doesn't shy away from using frozen pastry crusts). Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Stacks are attractive piles of protein; here Hay offers a terrific vegetarian variation, as she does in several recipes throughout the book. And the desserts-Blueberry and White Chocolate Mousse, Cheat's Apple Tarts and Chocolate French Toast-are as easy as they are enticing. So what's not to like about this volume? Two small things: the first is that it was originally published in Australia, and several of the recipes have yet to be Americanized. (Squid hoods, anyone? Desiree potatoes?) The other is that these pages are so lovely to look at that it seems a shame to splash them with soy sauce and dribble them with oil. After all, a cookbook this handy isn't likely to dwell on one's coffee table for long.
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About the Author
At the age of eight, Donna Hay skipped into a kitchen, picked up a mixing bowl and never looked back. She moved to the world of magazine test kitchens and publishing, where she established her trademark style of simple, smart and seasonal recipes all beautifully put together and photographed. It is food for every cook, every food lover, every day and every occasion. Her unique style turned her into an international food-publishing phenomenon as a bestselling author of 20 cookbooks, publisher of donna hay magazine, newspaper columnist, and creator of a homewares and food range.
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This book has really opened me up to some new flavor combinations that I wouldn't have thought to do. Delish!
The recipes are simple and the pictures are yummy. Buy this book without hesitation.
I have not tried her other books yet but intend to do so. BA. NYC NY