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Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8: Great Meals for Couples or Crowds Paperback – November 7, 2006
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For starters, the recipe lists are long - so that tells me right away that only an accomplished cook will be able to achieve these menus in under 30 minutes. A newbie in the kitchen will struggle to put these dinners on the table in under an hour. Some of the ingredients are a bit exotic - personally, I like that as I cook like that all the time. But again, for a newbie or perhaps a mom with fussy eaters, this could be a problem. The other issue is the portion sizes. I made the "Crab Cakes With A Creamy Grainy Mustard Sauce" with the "Wilted Spinach With Tomatoes" (page 69 listed as Appetizer-as-entrée). This was supposed to be a menu for two - but the crab cakes amounted to a half pound per person. This was WAY too much for myself and my husband! (I ended up taking half of this mixture and transforming it into a crab bisque the next day - it was wonderful!) If I ate like the portions suggested, I would be as big as a house! 1/2 pound meat portions seem to be the standard here. That was very disappointing to me, but I shouldn't be surprised, Ray always states that she is not skimpy on portions.
The menus are clever enough and most will be satisfied with the offerings here.Read more ›
First, if you own any of her other books or any other good cookbook, then this one may not be your favorite. It doesn't add too much to the cookbook world that's not already out there.
Second, and most importantly, most of the recipes, though designed to be quick, 30 minutes or less, have too many ingredients to make it a really easy cooking or buying experience. Many of these dishes would be expensive if you didn't already have the chipotle sauces or other "specialty" items (that I don't normally have in my pantry). And, I just don't know how to get it all done in 30 minutes--I'd have to have a staff helping prepare the ingredients.
Have there just been too many cookbooks too fast for this author?
However, if you don't own any other cookbooks, and you do like a friendly, fun writing style, then this would be okay, because Rachel's recipes are good and she is a hoot.
I'm sorry Rachael, I really do like your other books, but lately, the recipes are not one's I would use.
The book opens with 25 menus or main courses for every moment over 24 hours a day . . . to serve two. These choices range from the simple (steaks and salads) to the more adventuresome (chicken marvalasala and pappardelle with rosemary gravy).Read more ›
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I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. She is a big fan of Rachel Ray. She loves it & uses it all the time.Published 10 months ago by Kay Cape
Wifey loved the book and it was the right price delivered to my door! Excellent!Published 23 months ago by Justin Pinchot
This is the worst cookbook in our pantry. The recipes have way too many ingredients to only take 30 minutes. I don't really enjoy the results, either. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by aggiejosh
This book was given to me as a gift a few years ago. I have never used it once. Personally, I was pleased to see some recipes that use healthy, but somewhat unusual, ingredients... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Valerie Denison
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