- Series: A 30-Minute Meal Cookbook
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781400082544
- ISBN-13: 978-1400082544
- ASIN: 1400082544
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 521 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats--A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners (A 30-Minute Meal Cookbook) Paperback – November 1, 2005
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Food Network darling Ray wants home cooks to become more "instinctual," and this assortment of quick meals is expansive enough to encourage even novices to wing it. The author hopes readers cook their way through the entire book; to that end, she organizes the recipes not by course or main ingredient (though there are indexes), but by number. The organization takes some getting used to. Helpful but occasionally jarring "tidbits" pop up everywhere, and many "recipes" make more than one dish, so cooking just one requires a fair amount of reading. For example, number 16 encompasses "Oregon-Style Pork Chops with Pinot Noir and Cranberries; Oregon Hash with Wild Mushrooms, Greens, Beets, Hazelnuts, and Blue Cheese; [and] Charred Whole-Grain Bread with Butter and Chives." Readers making just the hash must read around the instructions for the other two dishes. Still, the recipes are great. They vary in technique and ethnicity, and many give instructions on expanding the dish (after making Spicy Shrimp and Penne with Puttanesca Sauce, for example, "now try" omitting the olives and capers, swapping linguine for the penne, reducing the number of shrimp, and adding lump crab meat and mussels to make Frutti di Mare and Linguine). As Ray would say, "Yummo." (Nov.)
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About the Author
RACHAEL RAY is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. She is the host of the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, as well as the Cooking Channel’s and the Food Network’s Week in a Day. She is also the star of the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray; founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray; and founder of the Yum-o! organization.
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Here's the thing I have to remind the people who gave it a poor review: no where does this book claim to be budget friendly, low-fat, low-calorie, gourmet, sophisticated, easy, or anything but what it is - it is a cookbook with a wide variety of recipes for every day of the year.
***One important note, and I wish RR would say this in her recipes, I only found out by paying attention to her cooking show one day, when she calls for chorizo, she means Spanish chorizo, which is VERY different from Mexican chorizo. I don't think the two are interchangeable and the results could be bad. I can't find Spanish chorizo near my house (I'm in Portland, Oregon) so I substitute andouille or linguica.
You may need to improvise when you can't find some of the ingredients, but that's part of the fun of cooking - I can't stand bell peppers, so I will substitute sun-dried tomatoes or just leave the peppers out and I still find her recipes really good.
There are not a lot of photos in the book and I am glad for two reasons: more space devoted to recipes, and fewer resources used in printing shiny pages of color photos.
Not only does the book contain tons of recipes with ingredients I can't get, but most of them seem like they are random assortments of foods she threw together because she had to reach the quota.
There definitely are a lot of recipes in the book. My friend tried many of the recipes, and for her, a lot of them really take closer to an hour than to 30 minutes. Many also require lots of ingredients.
My mom was disappointed that the vast majority of recipes didn't come with pictures of the food - she really likes to see a picture of what she is going to make, because it helps her decide if she wants to make it or not. The book is actually relatively lacking in color and looks kind of like a dull textbook on the inside.
She also was surprised that almost everything in the book is like a one-course dinner. There aren't really things like side dishes or desserts. The title of the book does say dinners, but I think she was expecting things she could make for a dinner meal besides just main courses. This problem presented itself the first day she had the book and wanted to know what she could make with some left-over asparagus. The options were very slim for that kind of recipe-hunt - if you are looking to make something with a particular ingredient, you are likely to be disappointed unless you want to make a convoluted dinner for which it is only a minor ingredient.