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20. Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen

1. Rachael Ray's Get Real Meals for the Carb-Frustrated
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Asin: 1400082536
Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
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2. 30-Minute Meals
by Rachael Ray, Dan Dinicola
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Asin: 1891105035
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Rachael Ray's fans can't seem to get enough of the wonderful recipes featured on her weekly television show, "The 30-Minute Meal." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rattle them pots and pans
If you're tired of heating up leftover leftovers but aren't quite up to cordon bleu, Rachael Ray's "30-minute meals", derived from her hit show on the Food Channel, offers up all kinds of yummy possibilities. Ray is fun to watch on her show; she's perky and down-to-earth and doesn't make cooking seem like some kind of exalted rite that intimidates beginners who haven't progressed beyond Boiling Water 101. Her bouncy exuberance comes across in her book and makes it enjoyable to read. I especially like the way her book is organized; there are special sections on Top Ten Meals With Fewer Than Ten Ingredients, Top Ten All-Time Favorites from her TV show, 30-minute pastas, salads and veggies, make your own take-out (pizza, sandwiches and Tex-Mex), burger recipes, Asian flavor, comfort food, and her own family favorites.

Can all of these meals actually be made in 30 minutes? Well, unless you're as well-organized as Ray on her show with everything right at hand, slicing and dicing up a storm, probably not; but none of them should take more than 45 minutes and some of them really can be made from start to finish in half an hour. Her book is pretty heavy on pastas, which are typically quick to prepare, and if the Asian isn't 100% authentic, it's still fun to make and delicious to eat. Ray's instructions are simple and direct, easy for anyone to follow. What's more, none of the meals are difficult to prepare and all of them emphasize healthy eating. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys good eats without all the hassles that go into preparing them. Grab it and hit the kitchen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thai it, you'll like it.
I was given this book as a Christmas gift. I've used it many times already in just one month. The recipes are practical, easy and tasty for cooking every day dishes. The mini meatball soup, Carbanora, and Thai it you'll like it Chicken are very good. I will make them again. Can't wait to try the Curry in a Hurry next. This book has helped me cook more meals at home and not feel overwhelmed in the kitchen. It is a good book for someone with limited cooking skills and someone who doesn't want to spend all night in the kitchen after work, so these recipes are perfect for weeknights. A lot of the recipes can be served with some rice or salad and you have a complete meal. There are a lot of italian pasta recipes in the book, so I would have liked more Asian/Mexican and hearty soup recipes. I would like to see a follow up book to this one, with more 30 minute recipes. You really can't go wrong with this book, and you will be sure to find a few recipes that will become favorites to make on a regular basis.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great books, with a couple of caveats...
I love Rachael Ray. Her show, "30 Minute Meals" is a favorite; it focuses on healthy foods, fresh produce and easy to follow recipes. This family friendly style of cooking was translated into her book, "30 Minute Meals" and I have enjoyed each recipe I have tried. A large proportion of the meals are family friendly as well-- my 6 year old and 2 year old are not finicky, but even so they have been very enthusiastic about the recipes.

Now for the minuses-- 1) unlike the show, recipes are not grouped together with a main dish, side and a dessert/drink. This is rectified in the sequel, but it is not easy to always pick dishes that can be cooked at the same time and still finish in 30 minutes. 2) no pictures! I like pictures of the finished product. Not a biggie, but it bugged me. 3) I like the "pinch of this" and "dash of that" style of cooking. If you *have* to have precise measurements, this may not be your book. 4) I am a profecient cook, yet many of the dishes are really 40 minute meals for me. If you're a fast chopper and can multi-task, you may get these meals done in 30 minutes on the first try. Otherwise... plan for a little extra time.

This is not a book for an advanced chef, it is simple food and it makes no pretensions to anything else. However, if you have a new cook in the family, or you are looking for new ideas for weeknight meals, I highly recommend this book. Ideal for your niece or nephew's first apartment!

1-0 out of 5 stars This Book is a real miss
Rachael Ray has no talent as an author or a cook. This book is full of recipes that you would find in any home ec course in high school. I returned it as quickly as I could.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was disappointed by this book, based on the positive reviews I'd read here. Too many of the recipes were very similar to one another. Many were variations on hamburgers (or pork-burgers dressed up as Asian wraps). Too many were chili recipes. Some were ideas more than recipes (figs and proscuitto). I like what I've cooked so far, but I don't think this is a very innovative cookbook. ... Read more

3. Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 1891105116
Catlog: Book (2003-12)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
Sales Rank: 670
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic
Simple is a good thing. As someone in his twenties, I don't like a cook lavish meals for my friends. Ray's book is good. It has a lot of fun in it. It's like the written version of Ray's Food Network show.
I tried the tuna burger with the cocnut/white chocolate bars. I liked mixing the menus, instead of following them completley. Fun and easy foods that you'll love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I love this cookbook. It is simple and delicious. It makes a beginner like me into a Grade A chef with little effort. My family raves about my meals all the time. I can't wait for the next book.

2-0 out of 5 stars a little too simplistic
Not my favorite cookbook. I love Rachael's show, and I don't own any of her other books, but I thought for sure I'd love this one. Way too simplistic for above-average cooks, in my opinion. Few photos and even fewer inspired ideas. I am reluctant to try her other books now.

3-0 out of 5 stars SORRY RACHEL BORING
Im sorry Rachel Cookbook is Boring and doesnt inspire you to cook..Recipes Im sure are good however you didnt put any love into this book...feels slapped together...

5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER!!!!!!
As before, I was NOT disappointed Rachael's latest book. Her technique and enthusiasm comes thru clearly, as it does on her show. I LOVE being able to make something in about 30 min.. even if it takes ME 31 min or so (I don't chop as fast)!! BUT!!! being retired does not mean I have more time to spend in the kitchen..if anything I have LESS.. So being able to put together a meal quickly works great for me and my (also retired) husband. THANKS FOR THE LATEST EDITION of your collection of recipes and cooking techniques. WE LOVE your show and watch it all the time. You have an infectious smile... Can't wait for the next cook book ...I AM SURE one is in the works!!!!! ... Read more

4. Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals for Kids : Cooking Rocks!
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 1891105159
Catlog: Book (2004-10-25)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press
Sales Rank: 133
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Kids rock! saysd Rachael, and it seems the feeling is mutual. Young people number among her biggest fans.For them she has created a fabulous collection of age-specific recipes with a high cool factor. ... Read more

5. Veggie Meals
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 189110506X
Catlog: Book (2001-06-15)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Really takes 30 minutes, great flavor, not bland
A lot of cookbooks falsely advertise that they contain 15 or 30 minute recipes, but the two recipes I have tried so far from this book (I just got it last week) both took 30 minutes as claimed. Both recipes were surprisingly good and flavorful-- often vegetarian recipes (Moosewood for example) have less flavor and take more time than I would like. I have a lot of vegetarian cookbooks and so far this one seems a lot more appealing to non-vegetarians than the others-- the meals don't taste or look like "hippie food" (which incidentally I love, but my husband does not!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious and Versatile
This book was a gift to me~truly. You don't have to see her show to know that she has such a vibrant, earthy style~the book displays that. The recipes are so good and the simple book format is refreshing. So many cookbooks spend too much time on "pretty" pictures that they omit good recipes like those contained in this book.

Special cookbooks in my kitchen find a special place where they can be seen and are accessible. I use this book almost everyday! The pasta recipes are authentic and the sauces can be made ahead of time and then used with any of the pastas. It took me one day of making a dish from this book to put it on my favorites list~we eat it once a week or more (spinach pesto and penne pasta)! The ingredients marry together and create an incredible aroma. Even our choosy two year old loves all of her sauces and pastas.

I take special care of this book~and I take it on vacation to share the recipes with others. You will not be disappointed!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I've been trying to cut meat out of my diet at least 2 to 3 days a week, but have had a hard time finding replacement foods that I like. These recipes are not only good, but their also simple and have "normal" ingredients. I'm not vegan, and it's nice to find recipes that don't omit beef or chicken stock - just the beef and chicken. I also don't live in a large city; so it's nice to find recipes with ingredients I know and have on hand.

Many of these are even good with meat added in for the other nights of the week when I'm not "meatless."

1-0 out of 5 stars Wheres the photo's?
No Photos in this book! How do you know what it should look like, or if it even appears appetizing? I need photos in my recipe books, I wont be buying anymore of her cookbooks. Very disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Little book, m-m-m- big reward!
Rachel Ray's book, Veggie Meals turned out to be a big find...I no longer panic when my one veggie sibling or my two veggie friends come by for lunch or dinner. They enjoyed the meals so much that a book for each was "the" Christmas present. I have also become a big fan of these recipes from the veggie snacks, Portobello parmigiano sandwich with roasted pepper salsa, YUM, to delicious full meals. Oh, did I mention the soups? THE SOUPS, YES! Little book, big reward, a great bargain. Thanks Rachel and give us More. ... Read more

6. Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals : Cooking 'Round the Clock
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 1891105167
Catlog: Book (2004-11-25)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press
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Rachael Ray is becoming a household name and a best-selling author, Thanks to her simply fabulous recipes, free-hand style of cooking, and unfailing good results.This latest collection of recipes, a companion book to her show, will feature flexible menus for cooking great meals 24/7. ... Read more

7. 30-Minute Meals 2
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 1891105108
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
Sales Rank: 172
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Here's what you need to know about this one...
Before buying this book, I had taped many of Rachel's shows and had tried the recipes, most of which appear in this book. Some of those meals have become staples in our house and saved me endless hours of frustration in the kitchen, testing recipes which didn't work or didn't taste good.
Most of hers not only taste as if they took far longer than 30 minutes to fix but satisfy a wide range of tastes, from experienced gourmets to picky eaters. Using her example, I've learned how to get a tasty meal on the table nearly every night of the week, saving time and money (we eat out less often).
Having said that, a few caveats:
1. You do need to try out the recipes before serving them to guests and may need to tinker with the seasonings and amounts. Although she does note how many teaspoons, cups, etc to use in recipes, Rachel often notes, as an aside, that cooks should just "eyeball" the amounts and if you watch her tv show regularly, you know that she rarely measures amounts listed are really just "jumping off" points for your own preferences. I like this. Those who feel they need more guidance may not.
2. The dessert section relies strongly on ice cream, sorbets and pre-made cookies...with some notable exceptions. Her shortened "Baklava" , for example,is preferred by my family over the super-sweet, traditional Baklava and her easy apple cake truly does turn a cake mix into a cake that seems homemade.
3. Some of the helpful tips on the tv show are omitted from the cookbook (Soaking onion slices in ice water to cut down on their irritating qualities).
Even with these shortcomings, however, I'd recommend this cookbook. In fact, I'm giving several copies to friends this holiday season, including one friend who is a beginning cook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This is the cookbook that I use most often. It takes me more than 30 minutes to make the meals, but not a whole lot more. Being a college student I do not have a lot of money or time; this books helps me get a healthy and tasty meal with very little cost. Like she says in the book, she tries to use the same ingredients repeatedly so that it is cheaper and easier. Plus, if you want to buy a cheaper ingredients, the meals still come out delicious. Rachael Ray is definitely my favorite chef, and I think her excited and enthusiastic attitude towards cooking is reflected in this cookbook. I feel the food that I prepare from her recipes, makes my body feel more nourished than the fast food and frozen food I am used to eating. Some recipes I enjoyed were the Philly cheesesteak, pecan crusted chicken tenders, and the onion rings and burgers.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT book!
I love this book. It's the first one I turn to when I'm trying to think what to make for dinner. Everything is arranged into meals, usually a main dish, salad or vegetable, and dessert, so it's all right there. Perfect if you're like me and can never decide what to serve with what. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars REAL Recipes for REAL Kitchens
Rachel Ray has done another great job of compiling some of her favorite recipes from her widely popular cooking show on the Food Network. This second volume from our vivacious author contains a wide selection of entrees that contain ingredients that you will actually have in your kitchen (or that you can buy with a trip to a typical supermarket). She offers readers tips on preparation and serving with just about every recipe. Even if you've never picked up a cookbook, Rachel's "can-do" attitude will coach you through your first steps of becoming an impressive cook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Healthy, Quick and Delicious Meals
I am a huge fan of Rachael Ray's and this book contains many of the recipes she makes on her show "30 Minute Meals". What I love about this book is that the recipes are made with fresh, healthy ingredients (including a number and variety of vegetables) and are delicious! I have yet to make a recipe from this book that I didn't like. I love how the book is set up - entire dinners are already planned for the reader. Rachael's "theme style" dinners are fun and creative! I highly recommend this book! ... Read more

8. Weight Watchers Make It in Minutes: Easy Recipes in 15, 20, and 30 Minutes
by Weight Watchers
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Asin: 0764565176
Catlog: Book (2001-08-15)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 2571
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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The most trusted name in weight loss makes healthy eating fast and delicious. Perfect for everyone who thought they were too busy" to cook healthy food, these meals are ready in 15, 20, or 30 minutes -- just pick the time frame that fits your schedule. The wide range of recipes will please everyone, from fussy kids to gourmets. Sample Pierogies with Creamy Mushroom and Sherry Sauce, Berries and Cream Blintzes, Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak with Cucumber Relish, Cuban Sandwiches, Easy Paella, Tuna Panzanella and Wild Mushroom Risotto." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Convenient, & Elegant
As a recent member of weight watchers, and a long-time cooking fanatic, I find that this book satisfies not only both sides [the healthy and the adventurous] but also saves time. The book's design is all about speed and convenience. the recipes are easy to read and follow, and each section is neatly organized to help you find the recipe you want quickly. Although each recipe does not have its own photo, there are many, many sumptuous photos throughout the book that represent the global culture [from Mexico to Italy to Thailand]. Other nice features include the points and nutritional breakdown on the bottom of every page, serving suggestions, and plenty of white space on every page so you can add your own notes or personal flair. It is definitely the type of book that will easily become a cooking reference for anyone who wants to eat healthy with precious time to spend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Cookbook!!
Make It In Minutes is a wonderful cookbook for those of us who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen! Even if you do not follow the Weight Watchers meal point plan, you will find the recipes easy to follow and very healthful. The book is organized into 15,20 and 30 minute sections with easy to follow instructions and full nutritional content for each recipe. My favorites so far are the Oriental Pepper Steak, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Honey Pecan Chicken (super fast and EASY!!) and the Greek Chicken Pasta Toss. Even my picky eater 6 year old loves it! I highly recommend this book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Quick, yummy and tasty. I'm not following the WW program, but this cookbook is great. It's well-organized, and every recipe is very accessible. Lots of ethnic-inspired dishes, lots of soups and sandwiches, and some really nice recipes you can make for company.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy - and easy!
This is a great cookbook! All the recipes we have tried have been delicious. They are also slightly unusual - none of the standard, boring "diet" dishes which discourage people from the very idea of "going on a diet". (Not that you'll feel as though you're dieting when you try these dishes.) As the title implies, the recipes in "Make it in Minutes" can also be whipped up very quickly. The menu suggestions are also helpful. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cookbook!
I've never cooked in my life (a bachelor). Much to the surprise of recent guests, I prepared several meals from "Make it in Minutes." Not only were my family and friends shocked that I could cook at all, they were even more surprised that these outstanding and tasty recipes were from a Weight Watchers cookbook! This book has made a cook out of someone who couldn't even boil water in the past. MY ETERNAL THANKS TO WEIGHT WATCHERS! Now I can have people for dinner without ordering out, and I have the confidence to try other cookbooks! AND: it's healthy too. What more could you ask for? By the way, I don't have a weight problem (180, 6 foot), I tried this book on the recommendation of someone who was on the program, and because the dishes tasted fantastic and were easy to make... ... Read more

9. The Instant Cook
by Donna Hay
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Asin: 0060772921
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Sales Rank: 85581
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10. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker
by Dawn J. Ranck, Phyllis Pellman Good
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Catlog: Book (2001-08)
Publisher: Good Books
Sales Rank: 748
Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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Who’s hungry? EVERYONE. Who has time to cook? NO ONE.    Dig out the slow cooker. Add a second and a third if you wish. Fill one with main-dish fixins and the others with go-alongs. Do it in the morning—or between work and after-school events.    Come home to richly-flavored, ready-to-serve food.

Slow cookers are having a comeback. With good reason. They are friends on a day of running errands. They allow easy entertaining with no last-minute preparation. And vegetarians won’t find a better way to work with dried beans.    Slow cookers are gentle with the food budget—less expensive ingredients flourish in their slow, moist heat.    Fix-It and Forget-It offers the range of recipes slow cookers do well: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Stews, Main Dishes (with and without meat), Vegetables and Go-Alongs, Desserts and Beverages.    Bring an element of simplicity—and quality—to your pressured life! Let your slow cooker work for you. ... Read more

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If you run as short on energy and time during the run of a day as I do, you will not want to be without this terrific book. Who ever thought meal preparation could be so simple for those of us who put in a full day at the office. The title says it all: "Fix It and Forget It" Forget the microwave section of your favourite supermarket and pass by the fast food outlets on the way home - too much of that will eventually play havoc with your health anyway. It takes just a few minutes each morning, when we do have the energy, to peel a few veggies, cut up a portion of meat if that is to your liking, toss it in the slow cooker with a dash of this and a dab of that and...voila, your meal will be waiting for you at the end of the day. The recipes are terrific in this book, particularly the stews and soups, and the flavourful goodness that comes out of the pot is out of this world! Buy the book; it's a real time saver.

3-0 out of 5 stars Majority of recipes not healthy (but some are), repetitive
I bought this book and I am not sure I would again. There are about 800 recipes in the book. There are 4 major drawbacks to this book. First -- A vast number of them do contain a LOT of cheese and fats (1 to 3 cups per recipe) and preprepared soups and soup mixes. Definitely not the healthy meals I try to prepare. Second -- There are multiple variations of the same recipe. How many times can you vary beef stew and beef vegetable soup and still call it a different recipe? This book does it about 50 times. Third -- the table of contents isn't detailed enough. You have to sift through 200 main dish recipes at a time. It would have been nice if there was some grouping such as 'beef main dishes, chicken main dishes, vegetarian main dises' etc. Fouth -- It could use a better overview section on the principles of slow cooking to cover such things as safety, keeping the crockpot at least 1/2 full, etc. Having said that I did go through and highlight the recipes that I would cook -- reasonble in fat and salt content. I found that there were only about 10% (excluding the repetitive ones) that I would use. Because of the 800 recipes to start with this still leaves me about 80. I tend to think of the value of a cookbook in how many recipes I get for the value. So this one ended up being 80 recipes for the cost of the book. That's not unreasonable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy, economical and delicious!
I found this book when searching for a solution to over-spending on eating out and breaking the fast-food cycle. It's a great solution.

THE GOOD: Thanks to the comb-binding, you don't have to worry about the cookbook closing and losing your place while you are trying to prepare the ingredients for the recipes. The recipes are easy (almost all are 12 ingredients or less), delicious and many are the comfort foods from my Midwest childhood. I didn't realize you could cook meatloaf or bread in a crockpot, but thanks to this book, I know it now! The recipes are economical, in part to the crockpot's love of inexpensive cuts of meat. There is a great variety of recipes as well. The index is pretty standard and there are great tips sprinkled throughout the book.

THE BAD: I agree with what someone else said: there are a lot of repeated recipes with just slight variations...I think that they could have listed the recipe once and added the variation below it; but that is no reason to pass up this great book. I would have liked to see the main dish section divided into beef, pork, chicken, seafood. As it is, they are just all together. I would also have liked to see nutritional summaries for the recipes. Someone mentioned that the lack of creativity in the titles bothered them---that doesn't really matter to me. I can rename it anything I want!

Overall, although a bit disorganized, this is a fantastic find and a must for anybody that doesn't have time or energy for cooking but still wants eat good.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Meal-a-Minute Quickfix for your life style
Attn: Target Guest and Shoppers:

My name is Shara L.Bouie, and my review of the Fix-it and Forget- cook, comes from the stand point of the working class student and traveler. Therefore,I think this item is a great item for beginnger groups or students, working class family,or the Military tranfers. This book gives helpful tips on eating and preparing meals on on a limited budget,however,one is still able to get a 5 star meal -a- minute like they would at a resturant or if they had time to cook at home. Therefore,I highly remind this book too the general population as a whole.

Thank You
Shara L> Bouie
Atlanta, Ga

1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Unhealthy!
I just browsed through this book while waiting for my mother in Walmart. I would not recommend it to anyone. Not only is it disorganized and repetitive as other reviewers have pointed out, but the steady reliance on beans and prepared soups and condiments promotes unhealthy eating habits. I found many of recipes to be purely disgusting. ... Read more

11. 15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More
by Dana Carpender
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Asin: 159233041X
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Sales Rank: 677
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Recent studies prove that low-carbohydrate dieting works to take weight off and improve cholesterol. As more and more people switch to the Atkins diet or variations of it, they will need recipes! 15 Minute Low-Carb Recipes offers over 200 recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less. This book offers all-new quick and easy recipes that will be a godsend to low-carbers everywhere. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy, low carb, and TASTY!
I bought 15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes because I adore 500 Low-Carb Recipes, and couldn't wait to try the new book. It's fantastic. It truly is about quick food. Each recipe takes 15 minutes or less in pre- and post-cooking preparation time. In fact, if the recipe is a cook-it-right-now one (as opposed to a slow-cooker recipe), the whole thing is 15 minutes or less. Plus, every recipe I've tried has been wonderful. What more could you want? Oh, yes--the recipes are also low carb! I'm happy. I'm very, very happy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great low carb cookbook by the master
This is another great book by Dana Carpender. These recipes were much needed in our times of rushing around and thinking you have no time to cook low-carb. As always she gives the number of servings, total carb count and fiber counts that we who low-carb need most. Her recipes are delicious and the serving sizes are more reasonable than most others who add servings to make the carb count lower. Her sizes are more appropriate to what we are really going to eat.

The book is divided into easy chapters, making it very simple to find what you are looking for. Be it 15 minute burgers, poultry, skillet suppers, eggs, soups or desserts...they are all catagorized to find easily.

All of the recipes I have tried so far are flavorful, and quick and easy to prepare. I highly recommend this book and her others also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You Dana, I just made an Omelet for the First Time!
I want low carb but I'm also lazy. If it's complicated, I'm not going to make it. Not only are the recipes delicious, but super easy to follow. The last time I tried to make an omelet it was the exact consistency of foam rubber; I just thought I'd never be able to do it (and I love them). I followed Dana's easy omelet instructions and just had a delicious one for breakfast. Thank you Dana!

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Useful Surprisingly Good
I've been low-carbing for years and years, so I have checked out most of what's on the market - especially as the "fad" aspects have increased, with fake-foods and marketing everywhere, most "low carb" cookbooks have been a real disappointment. This one is a keeper - useful, sensible, delicious and actually 15 minutes to prepare in most cases. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you only buy two low-carb books, make one your particular plan's official tome, and make the other one Dana Carpender's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Fix for Busy Households
My boyfriend and I both work long hours and the thought of cooking when we got home was usually met with a groan and a reach for the pizza delivery number. He decided he really wanted to do this low-carb diet and my mother saw this book and recommended it. I can not sing its praises enough. It got me into the kitchen after work and if you knew me that'd be enough proof right there :D but the meals truely are fast and delicious. Now we are eating and feeling a lot better since I started using this book. ... Read more

12. Spices of Life : Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health
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13. Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!
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2-0 out of 5 stars Fast and Easy...Most of the time....
I purchased this book in 12/02 and followed the "Somerisize" eating plan for the past few months. For those unfamiliar with the plan, Somersizing is a hybrid of controlling carbs and food combining.
THE GOOD: The food is delicious! There are outstanding recipes for onion rings, flourless pancakes and Coq Au Vin (chicken in wine.) The food is diverse and full of flavor.
THE BAD: Cooking these fantastic dishes is not cheap. Eating fresh meat, chicken and seafood really adds up. Also, without a deep fryer, the onion rings aren't as good. The Coq Au Vin will take hours without a pressure cooker. You could make her ketchup from scratch (over an hour of cooking time) or buy two bottles from [the website] for [$$]. There are plugs all over the place for everything from Somersize marinara sauce to Somersize coffee ice cream. Without her pricey products, the cooking is not nearly as Fast and Easy. It is the book's biggest flaw.
THE UGLY: I followed the plan quite strictly for two months. I jogged four times a week. I lost less than 8 pounds. I found for myself, eating tons of eggs, heavy cream, olive oil and beef was too many calories for my body. For many people like myself, the only way to lose weight is to take in less calories than are expended. It's not as chic as Somersizing but it has been a thousand times more effective.
That said, this book has helped lots of people lose weight. I'd never say it's not for everyone. I firmly believe there's no single path to dropping pounds. If you've been thinking about cutting sugar and starch from your diet this may be for you. Just be careful, you could really put a dent in the family food budget making a lot of these treats.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous addition to her somersizing series
I am very impressed by this book. As usual, the plan is laid out very well. It's made easy to understand, and the most up-to-date medical information supporting Suzanne's plan is included.

But best of all, the recipes are MUCH better than her last books. In her last books, the recipes were more gourmet and "haute cuisine". They were good, for the most part, but my husband really didn't want to eat chicken stuffed with goat cheese - no matter how elegant the presentation - and my budget didn't allow for the expensive ingredients in most of her previous books.

These are recipes that families can enjoy, and she's tried to make most of them fast & easy to prepare. I am soooo happy!

She's included fabulously "somersized" recipes for a shake & bake type mix, ketchup, barbecue sauce, tartar sauce, chicken nuggets, "fries" made from zucchini and "tater" tots made from cauliflower. She's got chili, ribs and even a recipe for "Green Eggs & Ham." She's got boston cream pie, "pink kiddie" ice cream and chocolate cupcakes. (my toddler is in heaven already!) There's even cinnamon bread with an orange icing so I can make cinnamon buns!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Suzanne! This really is food families can eat!

5-0 out of 5 stars I was surprised that this is such a good book
When I see Suzanne Somers I just see Chrissy from Three's Company and all that snorting and dumb blonde-ing! I never paid any attention to any of the Suzanne Somers books because I figured this was just another celebrity attaching their persona to something. My library happened to have this on the shelf and since I had some time to kill while waiting for my daughter to pick out her books I decided to flip through the recipe section since I knew it was a low carb type of diet and I do atkins. I was very interested at what I saw so I checked it out. I have been totally shocked at how easy and terrific her ideas are and in fact her philosophy is quite interesting too. I am really impressed. I have a totally different viewpoint now of Suzanne Somers. I love this recipe book so much I had to buy it so I"d have a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, great recipes!!
My husband & I just started the South Beach diet. Since Somersizing is a very similar concept (similar to Atkins too), I thought I'd check out these recipes. The book explains the concept of cutting out sugar & sugar forming carbohydrates (anything containing white flour). I looked into the other somersizing books & this one really has the best recipes. So far I've only tried a few & they were very delicious. The cream cheese pancakes & balsamic dijon chicken are yummy. I also bought Somersweet, some of the recipes call for it, but you can use Splenda or other sweeteners instead. All of the recipes in this book are appealing as well as healthy. And they are fast & easy to make.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not inspiring
Although I am a big fan of Suzanne's 3 previous cookbooks (not her dessert book) I've been disappointed with this one. Everytime I look through it for possible recipes, nothing gets my attention. If you haven't tried her other cookbooks, get them instead of this one. ... Read more

14. Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way
by Jacques Pepin
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Over time, in his cookbooks, and on his TV series, Jacques Pépin has taught people how to cook simple, fully flavored dishes--food that reflects his French training while embracing American informality. Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way takes this approach one step further by providing 100-plus recipes for a wide range of delicious, meant-to-be fast dishes. These include Stuffed Scallops on Mushroom Rice; Chicken Breasts on Mashed Cauliflower with Red Salsa; Pasta, Ham, and Vegetable Gratin; and Apple, Pecan, and Apricot Crumble. The "my way" of the title can mean the use of time-saving tools (Pépin uses pressure cookers to achieve easy stews like his beef short-rib, mushroom, and potato dish) and convenience foods (canned black bean soup or sweet potatoes for new soup versions). Generally, though, the Pépin approach emphasizes the use of foods that are themselves quickly cooked, like chicken breasts or beef fillet and that can be made flavorful with equally fast-to-fix accompaniments, like his salsa mayonnaise or his tomato-olive sauce.

Fast is, of course, a relative term, and readers will find more than a few dishes in the book that may require more time or attention than they're willing to spend on a daily basis. But overall, the book offers enough easily made recipes, and super-time-saving formulas, like Instant Vegetable Soup, to make it a true cooking resource. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

15. Icebox Pies
by Lauren Chattman
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4-0 out of 5 stars Retro Pies Without an Oven
The description of no-bake and no-fail pies is a bit misleading, since about half (if you exclude the ice cream pies) of pie fillings have to be cooked in a pot on the stove. However, it is true that these pies always work no matter how clumsy you are in the kitchen. You must leave these pies in the refrigerator or freezer for several hours to finish the recipes. Most of all, they taste good and are easy to do, since you never bake them.

I am glad somone wrote this book. The whole spectrum of old fashioned pies that do not get baked has virtually disappeared; to get a recipe, you will need to consult a cookbook that is at least 30 years old. This is ashame, as many of these pies are easy to do and taste fabulous, and are definitely worth doing in your home (but probably not as a restaurant dessert). There is a lot of history in this collection of pie recipes.

The first chapter has 15 recipes for pie crusts. Fortunately for us clumsy people, all of them are based on cookies or crackers that you crush in a food processor. No doughs or rolling pins here. You just press it into a pie pan and bake for a few minutes. My complaint here is that all of them are either very sweet (from using packaged cookies, which is very clever) or strongly flavored (from graham crackers). I could not find one that was relatively neutral in flavor.

There are roughly 70 or so pie recipes. They include mousses and custards (20), chocolate (17), fruit (10), ice cream (17), showstoppers (7). The crusts and finishing touches are listed as suggestions at the end of each pie filling recipe, so you get to choose what you want and can vary them if you want. The fillings are mainly based on cornstarch (custards and pastry cream), whipped cream (cream pies), whipped egg whites, and gelatin (variously bavarian cream, chiffons, mousses, etc., although the author does not always use these terms as appropriate). There are many varied fillings, including a few cheesecakes and some fruit pies.

My complaints are few. Some of the caption texts are pastel colored fonts which are sometimes hard to read. Some of the cooking procedures are unusual and called for extra steps, but are easy to follow and always worked. There is also an occassional lack of detail in the procedures, such as making caramel or mixing melted chocolate into a cold substrate like whipped cream.

5-0 out of 5 stars ice box pies
tasty combinations, wonderful pictures and yes you can convert to low calorie desserts espectially weight watchers style. All you need do is exchange lite cool whip for heavy cream, and in some pies use the pre made low fat crust in the stores.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cookbook!
I collect cookbooks and this is one of the best! It's easy to follow and the "no-bake" recipes are just outstanding. I truly love the photography in this book (by Duane Winfield--an obvious talent). The strawberry cheese cake pie on page 36 is-to-die-for and so simple! My pie almost looked as good as Mr. Winfield's picture!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary toppers to daily family dining
Just in time for the summer season of family gatherings and backyard barbecues comes Lauren Chattman's Icebox Pies: 100 Scrumptious Recipes For No-Bake No-Fail Pies. From Coconut Cream Pie; Toasted Almond Semifreddo Pie; Rocky Road Pie; and Frozen Milky Way Pie; to Mango and Coconut Ice Cream Pie; Coffee Health Bar Ice Cream Pie; Blueberry Icebox Pie; and Chocolate-Almond Icebox Pie; these are desserts that would be the perfect topper for any warm weather dining experience, indoors or out! If you are looking for a special dessert for a special occasion, or just some extraordinary toppers to daily family dining, then check out Lauren Chattman's Icebox Pies!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very fine cookbook on a sorely neglected subject
Lauren Chattman is going for maximum nostalgic gusto here--note the term "icebox" instead of "refrigerator" or "fridge." With her delightful "Icebox Pies," Chattman turns the spotlight on a sorely neglected dessert subject--and rightly so. The pies herein are scrumptious to look at, and I can attest to the fact that they are easy as, well, pie, to make!

Chattman has a loosey-goosey, conversational style in her text, but this is clearly a woman who knows her way around the kitchen. When she tells the reader what to do, she doesn't just say, "Do it"--she explains her thinking and experience behind the directive. This makes you feel that you're in capable hands, as indeed you are.

I really liked the additions of crust and sauce recipes. I was particularly intrigued by the inclusion of a crust recipe which uses crunched-up ice cream cones as the main ingredient--what a simple yet brilliant idea (wish I'd come up with it myself!). There are old favorites in here, as well as desserts with a new twist: Pumpkin Mousse Pie, PiƱa Colada Pie, White Chocolate Ganache and Banana Pie, Ricotta Cream Pie with Blood Oranges, Couscous and Apricot Pudding Pie, and so on. The more traditional pies include Rich Chocolate Mousse Pie, Chocolate-Mint Sorbet Pie, Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream Pie, and even a yumilicious-looking S'Mores Pie.

This slim but well-researched volume is an excellent choice as a hostess gift for the folks with whom you're going on vacation--or as a special treat for your favorite dessert-maker. Everything in here looks do-able, and the results are very, very good in every way. ... Read more

16. Comfort Foods
by Rachael Ray
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent affordable cookbook!
Yes, it would be nice to have pictures of all the meals in this book, but as a student, I can't afford those fancy cookbooks with the glossy photos. I would much rather buy several books at this price than have only one cookbook with pretty pictures.

The recipes in this book are excellent and span a wide range of foods. There is veggie, meat, seafood and meals for all seasons. I have not been disappointed yet with any of the recipes I've tried. In addition, I use the recipes as a model to create other dishes. I substitute other ingredients and change flavors and am always impressed with the end product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this book up for lack of photos
Yes, we all like cookbooks with glossy images of the finished product. But you'll be sorry if you pass this little book over for that reason alone. It really has some quick and tasty recipes that can work for every night or special occassions. I just made the salmon cakes with lemon-caper-dill mayo over baby greens, and my husband said, "This is like something you'd get in a hip little bistro!" A lot of the food is like that. There's also less fancy fare, but so far everything I've cooked has been worth the modest price of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Food Festival
I have tried two of the recipes from this book, and I think that they are excellent. This book does exactly what it says it will. It provides easy to make, delicious recipes for comfort foods. I love this book already. And by the way, who wouldn't use a cookbook because it didn't have any pictures? That's like saying you wouldn't buy a great novel because it didn't have photos. HMMM.... Anyway, don't be afraid to try it, this is a great simple cookbook for working or busy people.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good food, layout a little sketchy
The recipes in this book are great (the kind I call "real food" recipes as opposed to "cookbook recipes") and will be ones that you'll make over and over and your whole family will love. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the layout of the book leaves something to be desired and I think it needs pictures. When it comes to preparation of a dish you've never made before, a visual image is just as important as a recipe.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
I don't like RR's cookbooks. The recipes are not nearly as good or complete as they are on her show. I suggest watching her show and printing the recipes from Foodnetwork's website. ... Read more

17. A Man, a Can, a Plan : 50 Tasty Meals You Can Nuke in No Time
by David Joachim
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Step-by-Step Recipes!

'50s-Style Creamed Chicken

How to make it: Cook the onion in the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, until tender. Dump in the chicken and stir. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the soup and mushrooms. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream over low heat. Heat through and serve over the cooked noodles. Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 354 calories, 5 g fat (12% of calories), 1 g saturated fat, 22 g protein, 54 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 599 mg sodium. When it's not just you and the TV ... top with chopped fresh parsley.

10-oz can chunk chicken breast, drained and flaked
11-oz can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
6-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained
12-oz bag "no yolk" egg noodles, cooked according to the package directions
Also: 1/2 cup chopped onion, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 cup fat-free sour cream

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Serving Size: 50 recipes
Main ingredients per recipe: About 5
Avg. prep time per recipe: 30 min.
Breakfasts: 4
Sandwiches: 8
Munchies: 9
Dinners: 25
Desserts: 4
Special cooking and nutrition tips: 15
Easy-to-clean pages: 43
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4-0 out of 5 stars Tasty recipes, less-than-ideal layout
My purpose in considering this book was a hunt for recipes that were fairly simple to make, not too unhealthy, and would please four boys of various ages. The book itself is pretty enough (shiny pages!), and it's certainly entertaining to read, but the layout of the recipes is confusing to anyone trying to get all of the ingredients together; it's too easy to miss the "other ingredients" in small print at the corner of the photo. (Since I input all recipes into a computer program, this didn't affect me too much, but book-on-counter cooks be warned.)

On the other hand, EVERY recipe I've tried has been a wild success with my family -- the 2-year-old, 5-year-old, 13-year-old, and husband ALL liked them. Woo hoo!!

Considering that there are only 50 recipes and MOST people aren't going to use more than two thirds of those, the price is a little high. On the other hand, how much are new, popular, tasty, easy, health-conscious family-friendly recipes really worth? Recommendation: get it from the library first, to see if it is "for you." I will definitely be giving copies as gifts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple Meals in Minutes
I love this book! The recipes are good, wholesome, and easy to prepare. I especially liked the feature that shows you via pictures what canned goods or other ingredients are needed to create your "gourmet delight." I've tried over 1/2 of the recipes in here and not one is bad or hard to prepare. Being that they are simple with few ingredients, you can embellish them to your liking by substituting ingredients or changing quantities, and such. A nice basic cookbook for those who hate to cook, are cooking for 1 or 2 people, or are just learning how to cope in the kitchen. The desserts are great and you'll be cooking like Emeril in no time!!!!! I look forward to more books like this.

4-0 out of 5 stars hysterical, great and CAN DO
when i first saw this book, over a year ago, i thought it was hysterical. now, one year later, i bought the book to help me do research. be forewarned the recipes are geared towards men, but anyone can use this cookbook. it's especially good for bachelors, bachelorettes, college students, or people who don't have a lot of groceries in their pantry and don't know what to do. i for one do not keep a lot of fresh veggies around because they simply go to waste before i can use it for dinner. therefore i have canned veggies. oh, it is cheaper to by it on amazon at $11.+ than at the bookstore. the bookstore came out to $17.+ where as amazon just came in at $15.+

4-0 out of 5 stars A good start to expanding your cooking vocabulary
As a college student without too much time, resources, or experience cooking, I started getting sick of the same old plates of pasta and hamburger helper meals. A friend of mine lent this to me and although some of the meals I tried are not too good, there are a bunch that really do taste great. Plus, it really helped me start out cooking more 'real' things for myself and it is very simple. It gave me a few ideas of my own and helped me expand into more advanced meal preparations. This book is great for the lazy, inexperienced college student.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is barely a cookbook
If you truly have trouble putting the most basic meals together, then this book is fine. But don't expect anything terribly appealing. Most of the recipes look gross, and they're so unhealthy that I wouldn't eat them more than very occasionally. If that doesn't bother you, then give it a shot. You'll find recipes similar to what you'd find on the back of a soup can, and they're very easy to make, but I'm not sure you can call it cooking. It's more like directions for heating things up, with a few extra steps so you can tell your friends you made it yourself. If you want to learn how to cook, try a different book, such as "Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen". ... Read more

18. Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals, 365: No Repeats : A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners
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19. The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet : A Month of Meals Made Easy
by Nanci Slagle
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Teaches busy cooks how to spend one day assembling and freezing a month's worth of tasty and nutritious entrees, side dishes, snacks and desserts in an easy-to-follow format. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST for freezer cooking!
I have been using my 30 Day Gourmet manual for 3 1/2 years now and it is by far the best of it's type!!! I started out with Once A Month Cooking, and knew there had to be a better system without all those casseroles!! A friend introduced me to 30DG and I knew from my past experience that this was THE book! And it is!

The included worksheets alone are worth more than the price of the book! The recipes are great... my family of 5 likes most everything I've tried. The recipe variety is wonderful... breakfast, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, snacks, main dishes, salads... it's all included! When I take a 30DG recipe to a pot-luck, or serve it to company, I always get requests to share the recipe! I have been able to easily adapt my personal recipes to the 30DG system too. The website at is great too! There are additional recipes you can get there, as well as support and info from the message boards. And more successful recipes from cooks like me who use the system.

The greatest thing about the 30DG system is the flexability! There isn't a set menu that you have to make each time you cook. You choose the recipes you want to make, based on your family's likes and dislikes. You can cook as few or as many meals as you choose. If your grocery is having a sale on chicken, stock up and have a chicken cooking day. Do the same with pork or ground beef. You can cook with a partner or by yourself. You can use the system if you only have the freezer above your fridge.

We moved 400+ miles last summer, and spent 40 days in an apartment while our house was being completed. My 30DG manual was the only 'cook book' that went in my car with me... it didn't get sent in the moving van with the rest of my kitchen! I wasn't taking a chance of something happening to it!

If you only buy 1 freezer cooking book, this is the one to spend your money on!

5-0 out of 5 stars I will never go back to cooking daily after this!!
The 30 Day Gourmet provides a structured and well thought out process for cooking once (or less!) a month to feed your family. I cook once every 2 to 2 1/2 months for my family of three, and not only do we save money buying bulk, our meals are healthier and my picky family is happy.

I found the system alone worth the purchase price, without the recipes! The recipes are good old church cooking, and most are easy to adapt to dietary needs. While I haven't tried them all, it doesn't matter, because the authors provide a web site where you can download more recipes for free, and a forum for sharing hints, tips and recipes with other 30 Day Gourmet cooks. Not only do you get a great cooking system, good recipes and a shot of humor, you get an on-line community and continuing help and support. This help has assisted me with new recipes, and adapting family favorites to the freezer. Meal time is stress free at my house.

What more could you ask for??

4-0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy to follow!
I work long hours and have a long commute. I usually don't get home until 8 or 9PM, and that's just too late to go to the grocery and cook a meal from scratch! For years I've been making double recipes for weekend meals and then having the leftovers throughout the week, but in a kind of hit or miss fashion. Several nights a week, my husband and I would look at each other and say "What's for dinner?" When I discovered this book, I slapped myself on the forehead and said "Doh!"

It makes perfect sense to devote a little extra time on the weekend to building up a store of meals in the freezer. Why didn't I think of this before?

I liked the authors' approach to laying out the planning and preparation for the big cooking day. There is a lot of great information here on freezing and batch cooking. Great worksheets and checklists to help you get organized.

However, I must say that the recipes are not to my family's taste. Maybe it's a regional thing (we live in Southern California), but these recipes seem kind of 1960s and bland to us. (Cream of chicken soup is featured in several of them. Well, my Mom used that in her casseroles, but I don't!) Maybe it's because the recipes are aimed at kids. (We have none.)

We prefer recipes with more spices and variety (I cook a lot of Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese dishes). However, I do not regret buying this book. All the info other than the recipes is very helpful and make this book worthwhile. I've simply adapted my own recipes to this plan.

One last note--most people won't care about this, I know, but I've been in the documentation business for 30 years, so I do. The format of the book is slightly amateurish. Although easy to read, the charts look hand-drawn, and the fonts and page layout look like someone put it together in Microsoft Word. I would expect something a little more polished for my money.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST of the Freezer Cookbooks
The 30 Day Gourmet Cooking Manual is the BEST of all of the Freezer Cooking manuals!!! These ladies have REAL food for families and individuals...not what I like to call "California Food." Tasty, hearty, filling and oh so EASY!! The forms make once a month style cooking a breeze. This food is NOT leftovers, it is either not precooked before being frozen, or is not cooked all the way. Out of the 21 recipes I made for this month, only 3 were entrees I did not care for, and one of those was because I didn't use good enough wine in the sauce. Although their personal focus is on team cooking, I cook by myself for just myself and my husband and it works just fine. The recipes are scaled from four servings so all I do is package them in two-serving containers. If you want to learn more about 30 Day Gourmet be sure to check out their website at for more tips, recipes and stories from other REAL home cooks!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic idea
I stumbled upon this book by accident, and I am so glad I did! I used to hate cooking, and only within the past four years since getting married have I become more interested in it. That doesn't mean I want to cook every night though. My husband and I both work full time with long commutes, and have relied on convenience foods (which are getting old) and cold cereal for dinner.

I was skeptical that I could really benefit from this book since I don't have a separate freezer (just a tiny one above my fridge). But you'd be surprised how much you can get in a small freezer if you pack items flat in ziploc bags. I made 7 recipes (doubled two of them) two weekends ago and now I feel like I'm on vacation! It's been absolutely wonderful to come home and simply heat up something from the freezer.

The recipes are easy to make, taste delicious (we've devoured two pans of granola bars already), and there's much more at the website. I also purchased the software (another review in and of itself), which was an amazing amount of help in simplifying the process.

The great thing about this whole concept is that it can work for anyone--not just large families--and you do not have to prepare 30 days worth of meals at once. A few smaller, shorter cooking sessions are very doable. And I'll soon be trying some of my own recipies in bulk, with the knowledge Nanci shares on what foods freeze well, and how to package them.

My husband has been so impressed with the great food and the prospect of saving money and eating healthier, that he's going to take me shopping for a stand-alone freezer this weekend. Hoooray!! ... Read more

20. Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen Cookbook : 100+ Great Recipes with Foolproof Instructions
by Kevin Mills, Nancy Mills
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Catlog: Book (1996-02-15)
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"I had always known of the existence of the kitchen," begins Kevin Mills. "It was the room with the fridge in it. As for cooking, it was somebody else's problem. It was Mom's." When Mills went to college, however, it became his problem as well. After extensive phone coaching from Mom, he learned enough rudimentary recipes to keep from starving. And now you can learn them as well, along with a handful of not-so-rudimentary ones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT cookbook for beginners and experts alike
I consider myself somewhat handy in the kitchen, but when I got my own apartment, I found that there were still some basic things I didn't know how to do. That's where this book came in. It taught me not only how to do those basic things, but also to make great meals that I had always thought were difficult (like pesto sauce). Between "Mom Tips" and ratings from "Very Easy" to "Difficult," it's hard to screw up these recipes as long as you know your level of ability in the kitchen. It's also nice because once you get the easy stuff down, you can work up to the harder stuff. There is also a good list in here of the basics for those of us who come into an empty apartment with an empty kitchen and no idea what to buy as far as staples (like ketchup, mustard, pasta, etc).

The recipes in this book are pretty much fool-proof, and they taste great. After venturing on to bigger and better things in "regular" cookbooks, I still come back to this one from time to time for great recipes. It is a must-have for any newbie in the kitchen and an awesome cookbook for anyone who wants to know the easy way to make just about anything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for College Students!
I bought this book for myself, and I've been pleased with almost all the recipes. Not only are they simple, logical, and yummy, many are a great basis from which to experiment! It's the perfect cookbook for students who are short on cash and cooking experience, but it makes a great reference too. Good variety of basic vs. creative recipes! This book, coupled with either Joy of Cooking or the Good Housekeeping Cookbook, is a great way to start off any beginner cook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Goofy Title and Cover, Yummy Center
I received this book as a gift as I moved into my own apartment. I was skeptical because it seemed goofy to be reliable. But the book's layout is simple and the recipes are rather varied and easy to follow. I have a made quite a few recipes out of it now and have enjoyed every one. I made a point to come to amazon and give this book a good rating. Try the spicy bean dip!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to all cookbook collections
I recently discovered this cookbook in my brother's cupboard. A friend had bought it for him but he thought it was a joke. I thought I would give these receipes a try and to my amazement all of the receipes I tried turned out fabulous. It doesn't matter what your level of expertise is in the kitchen, this is a great cookbook to have in any cook's cookbook collection. Most of the receipes are fast and easy. The warnings are a great touch for beginners and a good reminder for everyone else. The receipes are easy to follow and although all the receipes do lack pictures. I think this is an added bonus to give beginners confidence because then they set the standard and can improve on the receipes as they learn more about cooking/baking. The lists in the back are a nice added feature that any cook can appreciate. This way you know exactly what to buy and all of the items listed will make about 90% of everything in the cookbook. Most of the cookbooks I own don't even have a feature similar to it, let alone 2 receipes having remotely the same list.Watch out Betty Crocker, you definately have competition in Kevin and Nancy Mills.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must for every beginner cook
I bought this book when I first left for college, and it is still on my bookshelf. Besides having an eclectic collection of easy-to-make recipes, it offers advice that most cookbooks would gloss over, such as how to substitute ingredients, where to find some ingredients in the supermarket, and how to salvage meals that didn't go according to plan.

I'm a better cook now than I was in college and less prone to disaster, but I still use several of the recipes from this book. The veggie chili is very good and forgiving of experimentation, and the recipe for chocolate chip cookies is still one of my favorites. The writing style made me feel as if I were talking one-on-one with a friend, and the authors explain everything down to the most minute detail. You have to be going out of your way to not pay attention to screw something up from this book. Its only weakness is that it doesn't have photos, but it's not really a coffee table kind of book, anyway. It's the kind of book that'll end up with stained pages that stick together, but that's the sign of a good cookbook. ... Read more

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