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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

* FOOD BOOK OF THE MONTH! * The No Time To Cook! Book (DK Books)

THE NO TIME TO COOK! BOOK (DK, 2015, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-4654-2990-2, $25 US hard covers) is by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr, author of other DK cookbooks and blogger. Laura Herring is listed as "additional contributor". Here are 100 quick and easy recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less, provided that you have an operational pantry and/or a mise en place. There are also many variations. Each prep is broken down into simple visuals (which DK is well-known for) such as graphics, charts, diagrams, even, dare I say, "pie-charts". There are over 600 photos and illustrations, about six per recipe. Topics include "speedy breakfast", "lunch in a flash", "quick weeknight dinners", "short and sweet". Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: the harried but kitchen-wise cook.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: pea and pancetta pasta; fresh fruit hand pies; peach salsa; pan bagna; pad Thai; pumpkin and cinnamon waffles; raspberry cheesecake; feta cheese, tomato and red pesto tart; sweet potato and rosemary quiche cups.
The downside to this book: you might need special equipment, eg, sandwich press, or special spices in the pantry.
The upside to this book: the emphasis is on maximum flavour and minimum effort.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.

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