Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (July 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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I requested this as a gift based on the reviews on the website, and I'm so glad someone bought it for me!! EVERY recipe I've tried has been delicious, the only complaints being that I hadn't doubled the recipe so they could eat more. The recipes are nicely organized according to type (meat base, breakfast food, slow cooker meal, etc.), and laid out well on the page. Ms. Larsen has also included some variety in cuisine, including Asian, Indian, Mexican, and Mediterranean styles as well as American favorites.I especially love that ingredient lists don't give impossible ingredients or ridiculous measurements; i.e., it says "1 onion, sliced" instead of something like "3/4 cup sliced onion". Lists are also provided for tripling recipes, which makes composing a shopping list a little simpler. And I also like that Ms. Larsen provided instructions both for cooking the recipe right away and also for preparing ahead of time and freezing. This makes the book very flexible.I've not yet frozen any of the meals for later - our freezer isn't big enough to handle it - but I did prepare a pan of Easy Lasagna the day before I needed it and I refrigerated it. I followed the "made-ahead" instructions the next and it was absolutely fabulous. (I also think the cream cheese in the mixture adds something to the taste and consistency. I never would have thought of cream cheese in beef lasagna.)Something else I like is the use of herbs and the relative non-use of salt and sugars. I prepared the Chicken Cassoulet one day and the quick soak method for the beans did not work (but then I've personally not had any success with dry beans so far). However, the herbs and other flavors in the cassoulet were so wonderful, we ate all the leftovers, in spite of the crunchy beans.
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