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Off The Shelf: Cooking From the Pantry Paperback – October 24, 2001
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Organized by ingredients and topics, the book offers buying advice throughout, regular recipes, and Short Order sections that distill formulas, such as those for Lemon and Basil Pilaf and Marinated Chickpea Salad, into get-the-drill-quickly paragraphs. Among the fuller-dress recipes, readers will surely want to try Beef and Caramelized Onion Couscous Salad, Crispy Spiced Thai Chicken, and Seared Salmon on Coconut Spinach, among others. Sweets, including Burnt Vanilla Creams and Chocolate Honey Snaps, are also delicious and easily accomplished. With truly useful tips (cut overlong cooked noodles to make them more manageable is one why-didn't-I-think-of-that example), an oversize bravura design, and color photos throughout, the book shows and tells how to cook with the greatest ease. --Arthur Boehm
Top Customer Reviews
I recieved this book from a friend who went to Australia and brought it back for me. I was so excited. I dismissed the title 'off the shelf', as I find this isn't always true with cook books. It is very true here. Now that have cooked with nothing but these recipes for two weeks, I know to always have some fresh lemon, parmesean and herbs in my kitchen and I am good to go. There is a good range of veggie, fish and meat dishes. All that i have easily been able to substitue ingredients for (ex. fish instead of chicken). The food has all been amazing and if I take 5 minutes to prep all my ingredients, the dinners that I have made have taken about 15-20 minutes. Highly recommend this for ANYONE who loves to cook and loves to eat good food. These are easy recipes and there is a good mix of meals from everyday to a sunday dinner.
For the right person, this would be a great book to have in the kitchen. The meals are simple and quick. This book is most likely not for advanced cooks, but is for people who appreciate good food and would like to be able to prepare some nice dishes quickly, using mostly ingredients that you should have on hand.
The book is broken down into the following sections:
- Shopping list
- Grains and lentils
- Pastes (e.g., curry pastes, miso paste, mustard pastes)
- Conversion chart
There appear to be pictures of every recipe in the book (and there are over 190 recipes), and the recipes would probably very easy to adjust, given their initial simplicity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Donna Hay's simplicity. Real recipes for real people. However, now that I have a half dozen I'm finding them a little redundant. Probably my last DH purchase.Published 21 months ago by Brenda A. Young
I have several of her cookbooks==the information is always layed out in a manner that is easy to use in the kitchen.. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by carrell
I find I often need inspiration for meal preparation and this book provides many ideas that you can expand upon or use just as presented.Published on March 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite cookbooks. have made recipes from this before i had the book, as my friend has it but love it so much had to buy my own copyPublished on March 3, 2013 by Melissa