The Best Simple Recipes

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The Best Simple Recipes offers more than 200 full-flavored easy-to-prepare recipes that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less in an easy-to-read paperback format.

Just because time is short, it doesn't mean you have to settle for a can of soup or a sandwich for dinner, or making one of the many boring and flavorless fast recipes (which often aren't even as fast as they promise). Our test cooks have created more than 200 recipes that keep ...

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Overview

The Best Simple Recipes offers more than 200 full-flavored easy-to-prepare recipes that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less in an easy-to-read paperback format.

Just because time is short, it doesn't mean you have to settle for a can of soup or a sandwich for dinner, or making one of the many boring and flavorless fast recipes (which often aren't even as fast as they promise). Our test cooks have created more than 200 recipes that keep the ingredients and cooking time to a minimum and offer tons of flavor and plenty of variety.

By combining steps, minimizing pans, and employing a little test kitchen trickery, our test cooks have made naturally fast recipes even faster, and they've made recipes that traditionally take hours ready for the table in half an hour. And while they used a minimum of ingredients, one thing they didn't minimize was flavor.

While some dinners are naturally pretty fast—like chicken cutlets, pasta, and burgers—we made sure to make every minute count by combining steps, making pans pull double duty, and finding shortcuts wherever we could. But we really put our test kitchen know-how to the test by foolproofing recipes that normally require long stays in the oven or hours on the stove. You can making traditionally long-cooking meals work in 30 minutes— from Skillet Greek Lasagna to a Quick Beef Carbonnade - without sacrificing flavor.

The expertise and knowledge of America's Test Kitchen comes through in the editorial elements scattered throughout the book. From seeding a bell pepper to how to get easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, "Quick Prep Tips" show in one or two steps how to get your ingredients ready fast. "Smart Shopping" boxes give tell readers on how to pick a ripe avocado or what Asian Chili Garlic Sauce is, as well as sharing valuable ingredient information we have garnered over the years on specific ingredients through taste tests. If a recipe requires some assembly, we include steps to visually walk home cooks through the process, so they can see how easily the recipe actually comes together. One-page features in each chapter provide a primer on basic ingredients or teach a quick cooking lesson.

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Editorial Reviews

Indianapolis Star
"The recipes combine fresh ingredients with pantry staples that are easy enough for a weeknight meal, yet pack some serious flavor."
Epicurious.com
"This lovely compendium of mouth-watering recipes may be simple in steps, but is rich in flavors."
The Reading Eagle
"If you rely on restaurant and takeout weeknight meals because of time constraints, you're going to have to find a new excuse."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933615592
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 104,117
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

America's Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe.

Our recipes, equipment reviews, ingredient taste tests results, and kitchen tips are made available through our magazines, our websites, our television series; America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen, and our cookbooks.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Every recipe I have cooked in this book have been great! The ins

    Every recipe I have cooked in this book have been great! The instruction
    are clear and easy to follow, and mix the flavors of each dish
    beautifully. The only down side I would say is for most recipes it says
    Under 30 minutes, but that does not include prep time, which can add on
    to the time. However this book is well written and I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2014

    I have really enjoyed the cookbook. The recipes are easy to foll

    I have really enjoyed the cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and don't have many steps. I've made several things out of this book and they have all turned out well. I'm not much of a cook so this has been a really good start for me. 

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    A friend bought me this cookbook for my birthday at the end of J

    A friend bought me this cookbook for my birthday at the end of July.
    I've cooked 4 or so recipes out of it so far, and they've all been
    delicious. The 30 minute estimate is accurate, and everything has been
    very easy. Also, I like that this is a book I can cook through; it's
    not one of those in which I find entire sections of recipes that I won't
    cook. As a teacher, I'm looking forward to using this cookbook
    throughout the school year when I'm tired, don't have time to spare, and
    want a hot, satisfying dinner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Excellent, simple recipes.

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