Saturday, January 23, 2010

What's For Dinner Tonight?

'Everyday Food: Great Food Fast'
By: Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Format: Paperback
Published: March, 2007; Clarkson Potter
Pages: 384

Synopsis: No matter how busy you are, at the end of the day you want fresh, flavorful meals that are easy to prepare. And you want lots of choices and variations—recipes that call for your favorite foods and take advantage of excellent (and readily available) ingredients. In the first book from the award-winning magazine Everyday Food, you’ll find all of that: 250 simple recipes for delicious meals that are quick enough to make any day of the week.

My Take: I try to go to my local Costco about once a month. When I do, it's always with the best of intentions. I am just going to stock up on food and ridiculous amounts of toilet paper so I don't have to go to my ghetto Safeway quite so often. Inevitebly, as I am sure it is with everyone, I come home with vast quantities of other things I didn't know I even needed until I walked through those loving warehouse doors, and so it was that I met this cookbook 'Everyday Food: Great Food Fast' but alas, this was not to be a purchase that I would regret!

'Great Food Fast' is a wonderful cookbook divided into seasons because you should be cooking with only fresh local ingredients, right? Well, I think since I just said I shop at Costco and Safeway I sold myself out, but whatever, let's move on. Each season based section is divided into Soups and Salads, Mains, Pastas, Sides, and Desserts. Every recipe is accompanied by a picture. I have stopped buying cookbooks that don't have this as a selling point. Dude, I need to see what my food is supposed to look like. What if you describe it as yummy but it looks like brown glop or maybe that is just because I made a mistake somewhere? How else would I know unless there was picture?

At any rate, I have tried dozens of these recipes at this point and they have been met by rave reviews by both me and my boyfriend. I made the homemade mac and cheese for a large dinner party and there was none leftover so you know that's a good sign! At the top of every photo it clearly states how long it takes to make them. How nice is that? Plus, all of these recipes are healthy so eat up!

(I purchased this book)

8 comments:

  1. I always end up with far more than I set out to buy at Sam's. I'm going to have to check this book out...

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  2. This one sounds like a winner. My parents have a Costco -- I'll have to ask my mom to look for it. It's been my experience that Martha's recipes always work, after all, she started out as a caterer.

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  3. This does sound good to me - I love quick recipes that produce good food!

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  4. I love Everyday FOOD magazine, but didn't know there was a cookbook! I'll have to look for it.

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  5. Hi Amused!
    I have been a subscriber of EverydayFood Magazine for several years now, so I'm a huge fan of these recipes, too!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way! :)

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  6. wow, sounds great. Now that I cook regularly, I need more recipes, especially Pasta recipes.

    Thanks for the review :)

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  7. Mmmm...that mac and cheese was legit. You may inspire me to a) buy a cookbook and b) cook

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