Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (June 3, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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This is a really, really good cookbook. Really. If you're a cook with some ability and an affinity for simply prepared, boldly flavored food, this should be on your cookbook shelf. The fact that it also happens to be fantastically healthy and a decent roadmap to a way of eating that will result in lower weight and better health is gravy....well, maybe a light viniagrette, come to think.As I said, these are simple, rustic dishes with big flavors and not a lot of screwing around. Just about any home cook with a decent mastery of technique could cook anything in this book without worry. There's a lot of Mediterranean and east Asian influence here, with a few detours through southeast Asia and Scandanavia (!) for variety. The ingredients shouldn't be hard to find in most decent-size cities with a good supermarket, but you may not have heard of a few and some may require a bit of searching in the ethnic foods aisle or at Whole Foods. Don't panic; they're all tasty. There's a fair number of vegetarian and fish-centric entrees, and when meat is called for it's often used in conjunction with other ingredients. Red meat shows up, but not often, and usually in moderation. These centerpieces tend to get big shots of ginger, garlic, chile, and herbs, and often feature a mix of textures and temperatures. Fans of soft, bland food, beware.I was especially appreciative of the fact that there's food for all meals here - solid, tasty breakfasts, quick lunches and light dinners, a few big celebratory meals, and lots of light dinners. Most recipes have taken me about 30-40 minutes of active cooking time, with 20-30 minutes of cooking when I could do something else - maybe an hour or so all told, a few more, many less.
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