Best 30-Minute Recipe

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Here are two new books from the Cook's Illustrated publishing empire (40 or so titles are currently in print). The latest entry in the "Best Recipe" series includes more than 300 recipes for 30-minute meals, both for quick dishes, such as stir-fries and saut es, and streamlined versions of braises and other foods that usually require longer cooking. Many of the recipes include suggestions for organizing the prep work, and some offer ideas for variations or embellishments when time is not quite so limited. As in other titles, there are ratings of equipment and ingredients along with numerous tips on techniques and other culinary matters. For most collections. The Best of is, presumably, the first in a new series, and it's something of a recycling project: it features favorite recipes and content from the publisher's two magazines, Cook's Illustrated and the newer Cook's Country, and five 2006 cookbooks--including The Best 30-Minute Recipe. The recipe head notes are new, each one explaining "What Makes This a Best Recipe," as are notes on "Where Things Can Go Wrong" and "What You Can Do Ahead of Time." Some readers may find this compendium an interesting sampler, while others may prefer to stick with the original sources. For larger collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936184982
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 154,547
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 4.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Real recipes for real cooking

    The first recipe I tried was Asian Chicken Noodle soup. It was fabulous! I had a hard time deciding what to make first, everything looks so good. There are great little tips for many of the recipes that help save you time, ie...chop the onion while the chicken is browning. Even though I am an experienced cook I appreciate the notes of help. I also subscribe to the magazine. Sometimes those recipes are a little time consuming for the splendid results. These recipes take you to the same place, only quicker. I am buying another one as a gift for my mother, the queen of all cookbook collectors.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Easy to follow recipes that taste great.

    These are simple, no nonsense recipes that actually taste really good. I plan on using this book over and over again as I have a toddler and a new baby on the way. So happy I found it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    My new favorite cookbook

    I am a big fan of America's Test Kitchen anyway, but this is my new favorite cookbook for weeknight cooking. Each recipe takes only 30 minutes to cook from scratch, literally, including all prep time. I've recently made delicious mac & cheese, a tuna noodle casserole, shepherds pie, shrimp scampi with pasta, skillet lasagna, and more from there. It is solid, easy, everyday cooking -- with the precision and research you expect from Cook's Illustrated. And many of the recipes (such as the skillet pastas) require only one pan for cooking! After buying this for myself, I also bought a copy for my mom, and have recommended it to several other friends.

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