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Not Your Mother's Casseroles Paperback – January 4, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
With a light tone and lightened-up recipes, Durand delivers the sort of book fans of the Not Your Mother's series expect: practical, user-friendly, and filled with plenty of everyday recipes for one-dish oven-baked meals. The author acknowledges casseroles' fuddy-duddy reputation, then proceeds to challenge it with ideas for everything from breakfast (breakfast brown rice with blueberries and almonds) to dessert (rhubarb-lavender oat crisp). In between are the bulk of recipes, perfect for weeknight dinners. Though some recipes actually are reminiscent of "your mother's" casseroles, such as a tortilla chicken casserole, many feel fresh and contemporary: tomato, arugula, and mushroom casserole; beet gratin with goat cheese and greens; roasted autumn vegetables with parmesan and sage; cinnamon lamb orzo bake. Because, as the author notes, "even the most complete casserole needs at least one complementary dish to round it out into a meal," she helpfully concludes with a "While it bakes" chapter of quick and healthy salads, soups, and breads, including a winter salad with fennel, cabbage, and citrus that will strike the right crisp balance with even the heartiest of traditional casseroles. (Jan.)
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About the Author
By day, Ohio native Faith is executive editor of The Kitchn (thekitchn.com), a popular home cooking and kitchen design blog (sister site to Apartment Therapy) that receives 6 million readers a month and is an active, warm community for home cooks. And by night, Faith writes cookbooks. Her latest, Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts, is a bright and modern celebration of the classic puddings, icebox cakes, and no-bake desserts she's so crazy about.Faith has also contributed to O Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and Reader's Digest, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New Haven Register, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and The Columbus Dispatch, among many other newspapers.She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband Mike, a house under permanent renovation, and an ever-growing collection of whisks.
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Top Customer Reviews
Boo! Grocery shopping, cooking and washing up takes too much effort for recipes that are carelessly wrong.
If you're looking for Salty Meat Goop With Crunch On Top (usually including a can of Cream O' Campbell's), this is likely not your book. However, if you're looking for comfort food to stretch your culinary repertoire while still pleasing your family's palate; or if you'd like to do more cooking with healthful ingredients, would like to know what exactly to do with some of the less mainstream veggies at your grocery store, or love the simplicity of one-dish meals on busy nights-- check it out.
So far, all I've made is the Asian Cabbage Rolls with Spicy Pork-- but this healthy riff on the Chinese friend dumplings that we (guiltily) adore was immediately filed in the "make this again SOON" category, and it's definitely whetted my appetite to try more.
I'm also particularly excited to have this on my shelf because of my familiarity with Ms. Durand's reputation and engaging work as the managing editor at thekitchn.com. I don't buy cookbooks often, but this one looks to be well worth the money and shelf space.
The chapter on breakfast casseroles is particularly good. The recipes for baked oatmeal are fantastic. As with the other sections, the chapter contains a mix of updated favorites and new and interesting casseroles. I also appreciate that the book includes a lot of vegetable and grain-based casseroles. There are lots of great recipes for vegetarians, and many of the casseroles are healthy and light. I can find healthy weeknight meals as well as heartier special occasion dishes.
Finally, the recipes are well-written, clear, and easy to follow. The author's warm and personal tone comes through in the brief introductions to each recipe. This cookbook is a pleasure to read and to cook from. I highly recommend it!
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