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Delivers what it promises
on October 9, 2009
I am very satisfied with this cookbook. It does a good job of suggesting a number of simple possibilities for easy meals to make on a week night for one or two people. Most are not exotic, just hearty and healthy home cooked meals. There is alot of variety and I think some imagination. For example, the section on pasta has eleven recipes that don't use use tomato sauce,though there is also an easy recipe for homemade tomato sauce. There is a recipe for grilled tuna with mango dipping sauce if you are in the mood for something a little more out of the ordinary.
If you don't already cook some Chinese or have an Asian market nearby, you may find some recipes a little unfamiliar since they call for fresh ginger and garlic, soy sauce, Asian noodles or even miso or tofu. One rice recipe is seasoned with the Indian spice garam masala. I make some Indian curries or Chinese stir fry from time to time and typically have these things on hand anyway so this is not a problem for me. Most would be available at a good grocery store with an international section and they are worth getting to know if you don't use them already.
There are also some useful explanations and general tips on the ingredients and suggestions to expand on or improvise with the recipes. One slight negative is that there are only a few photos of the prepared dishes and they are all grouped together in one section of the book rather than being with the recipes. Another for some will be the requirement in some recipes for ingredients or seasonings only used in Indian or Chinese cooking. As for me, there are several recipes in this book which I enjoy and will return to so I am not at all sorry I bought it.