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Weeknight Fresh & Fast (Williams-Sonoma): Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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"This book reflects my personal cooking style and, I hope, will show you that preparing tasty, fresh, and quick meals can be fun if you follow three simple strategies: seek inspiration from the seasons; plan ahead; and keep a well-stocked pantry. Even if you are as busy as I am, try to take the time to cook and enjoy at least one meal every day, no matter what the day brings."
-Kristine Kidd

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* More than 100 recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian dinners

* Ideas for rounding out the meal with quick sides and fruit-based desserts

* Tips offer time-saving strategies, ideas for using leftovers, and more

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Product Details

  • Series: Williams-Sonoma
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616280573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616280574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the other reviewers have noted, this is an excellent cookbook with fairly healthy, delicious recipes. I bought this cookbook about 3 months ago, and my husband and I have made our way through about half of it. There is literally not a single bad recipe in this book, and in fact, my husband has even liked many of the fish and vegetarian recipes, which is impressive given that he is your typical steak and potatoes kind of guy (for instance, the black bean tacos are AMAZING, and he and I both loved them). It has a great mix of styles of food and definitely provides something for everyone. The pictures give a great idea of what the final product looks like, the recipes are easy to follow and quick to make, and the ingredients are all easily found in any grocery store. I have tons of cookbooks, and I have never come across a single one that I like as much. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking for fast, fresh, and easy weeknight meals.
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This is a cookbook that is not only beautiful to look at with the photographs, but the recipes are the kind I will actually use as a "meat and potatoes", homestyle cook. They are healthy, relatively easy, and use regular ingredients.

When I review a cookbook, one can always tell how much it appealed to me by the posts-it tags I use to mark the recipes I want to try and my copy is now full of tags. I made the Chicken With Sugar Snaps and Asparagus and really enjoyed it, and look forward to trying Penne With Mushrooms and Turkey Sausage, and Black Bean Tacos With Avocado Salsa, to name just a few.

This cookbook is organized by season to take advantage of what is freshest at the market, and includes recipes for vegetarian dishes, fish and seafood, chicken, beef, and other meats. There are soups, casseroles, salads, and meat with vegetable dishes. Things like breads, side dishes, and desserts are not included; just recipes for everyday supper type entrees and I like that focus. For me personally this isn't a negative, but some of the recipes do require more preparation and cooking time than what the title would indicate. In other words, these aren't the 30-minute from start to finish type recipes some cookbooks promise, but the ingredients are simple and with some planning and preparing ahead, I think most of the recipes are doable for a busy cook.

This is a cookbook I can happily recommend to anyone who wants some new everyday recipes that use fresh and healthy ingredients.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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All I can say is wow. Since my wife and I have had our first child about a year and a half ago we have made probably every recipe in this book. We love almost all of them (taste is of course subjective, so not every recipe will please everyone). The recipes are truly very fast to make (most in a half hour or less) and are healthy and delicious. We eat better now than we ever did before and it takes us less time than ever to make dinner. This book is truly a life saver.
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There are a few reasons why this cookbook is great.

1. The recipes are, as the title suggests, relatively quick. They take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, but you end up with pretty gourmet stuff at the end. And they're easy, too, which brings me to...

2. This is a great cookbook for someone of just about any level. I'm a competent cook, but I'm not great, and I can make these recipes without messing them up. Plus, the recipes are pretty adaptable, so someone of a higher skill level can use them as a base and add their own flair. For example, I don't have an herb garden, and I don't use herbs very often, so I will cut them out of the recipes sometime. Even though they are important, the food still turns out great without them. (Though when I do manage to include them, of course it tastes much better.) Often the author gives suggestions about how to adapt the recipes, which novice or advanced cooks can use as they wish, which brings me to...

3. The author includes lots of suggestions for what to serve each entree with, what to do with leftovers, how to make it vegetarian, substitutions. This is really helpful for me, since I cook only for myself; leftovers are key, and I can really make a nice healthy meal with her suggestions, which brings me to...

4. These recipes are healthy and they taste good! I am still not sure I believe it. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, but cooked in ways that are delicious. Plus the herbs and spices she suggests means I don't need to add a lot of salt or cheese (my favorite food) for flavor. Often I've eaten a meal from this book, and it hasn't been until I really thought about the recipe that I realized, "Wait that was really healthy!
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By Xdevilisious on September 8, 2015
Format: Hardcover
The other reviews here got me far too excited about this book. I almost expected angels would start singing as soon as i opened this. Sadly, i was dissapointed.

I don't know whether I just didn't do enough research but what I expected was:
- quick, fun recipes
- basic ingredients
- not too expensive.

Most recipes are fairly quick, though definetly not "15 minute meal" quick. Most take at about half an hour or are the type of recipe where you put something in the oven for an hour and just have your hands free whilst it's cooking.

What bothered me most though is the ingredients used. Most of them are what i would call "fancy". I don't expect every recipe to be brocolli or bell peppers, but this isn't a cookbook you pull out to see what you can do in a hurry with the random leftover ingredients in your fridge. You have to shop specifically for the ingredients in this book (most of them anyway) and they aren't always easy to find and quite a few of them aren't cheap at all. Also the recipes with these fancy ingredients weren't imho very innovative. But perhaps i just already own a few too many cookbooks and am a bit too hard to impress.

Also the lack of nutritional information bothers me since this cookbook advertises itself as "healthy". Although that doesn't necessarily means low calorie i do feel alot people who aim for "healthy" cooking might also be interested in the nutritional stuff... At least i know i am.

All in all i won't say i won't get a single good recipe for this book, but given the glowing reviews i'm definetly a bit dissapointed in what i ended up getting. But like i said before, that might be my own fault. Clearly my own expectations did not match the contents of this book.

the pictures are fabulous though.
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