Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook: A Practical Guide to Smart, Fast Home Cooking

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Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook is the most comprehensive quick cookbook delivering everything consumers need in one place for cooking flavorful and satisfying timesaving meals. But Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook is more than just a recipe collection of quick and easy recipes—it also gives home cooks all the tips and strategies on how to shop, organize their kitchen, and cook in a smart, efficient, and fun way at home. From shopping tips to menu planning and pantry, freezer, and refrigerator stocking...

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Overview

Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook is the most comprehensive quick cookbook delivering everything consumers need in one place for cooking flavorful and satisfying timesaving meals. But Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook is more than just a recipe collection of quick and easy recipes—it also gives home cooks all the tips and strategies on how to shop, organize their kitchen, and cook in a smart, efficient, and fun way at home. From shopping tips to menu planning and pantry, freezer, and refrigerator stocking guides to all the gotta-have tools and gadgets, authors Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein share with readers their expertise, insights, and tips. Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook is the ultimate fast grocery, kitchen, and cooking resource.

Created with the time-pressed cook in mind, Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook is about tasty, good-for-you food, made quickly and easily. With this cookbook in hand, readers will be armed with strategic ways to cook smarter, make the most of their precious time, and—best of all—ensure readers' efforts deliver incredibly delightful dishes day after day. Readers will find simple procedures, realistic quick prep times, and useful kitchen tips. Unlike the competition, every recipe has a short ingredient list and straightforward, easy-to-follow instructions along with ingredient information and tips on preparation, cooking, and storage.

Features Include:

  • The Top Ten Secrets of a Quick Cook
  • Over 200 recipes that can be prepared in under 30 minutes
  • Even Faster: easy tips within the recipes for making that particular recipe even faster!
  • On the Side: short sentence recipes for super-quick side dish ideas
  • Savvy in a Snap: ingredient spotlights of where to find certain ingredients and how to use them
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Editorial Reviews

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If you want to be a quick cook warrior, this book will add more than 200 recipes to your arsenal. Each of those tasty concoctions can be made in thirty minutes or less. But those specialties form only part of this book's appeal: The Complete Quick Book gives you shopping and stocking strategies; advice about individual ingredients; tips about kitchen tools and organization; menu planning guidelines; time-saving procedures; and more. Good news if you lead a busy life.

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Weinstein and Scarbrough (the duo who brought you Cooking for Two) put their culinary know-how to use in this voluminous guide to preparing flavorful meals in a matter of minutes. Though the book proudly displays the Cooking Light banner, readers expecting a collection of low-cal, low-fat recipes are in for a surprise, as the authors focus more on ease of preparation than calorie count (included with other nutritional info alongside each recipe). The pair employs low-fat or low-cal ingredients when possible, using low-fat yogurt for their Linzer Smoothie and light mayo for their Curried Chicken Salad, but there's plenty of butter to go around, too. The book's real charm is in its accessibility and inclusion of tempting dishes. Even if readers aren't counting calories, they'll want a taste of Thai-Style Stir-Fried Chicken, Mexican Bulgur Salad with Citrus-Jalapeno Vinaigrette, or Veal Scaloppine with Mustard Cream Sauce. "The Top 10 Secrets of a Quick Cook" and a plethora of other useful tips for everything from kitchen prep and cleaning your waffle iron to getting the most out of a rotisserie chicken will go a long way toward giving cooks more time to focus on their meals. Readers with a global palate will get the most out of the book, but anyone with a passion for home-cooked meals will appreciate this inspiring collection. (Nov.)* The Food of MoroccoPaula Wolfert. Ecco, $45 (529p) ISBN 978-0-06195-7550Collecting recipes from all regions of Morocco, Wolfert (Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking) takes readers on a guided tour of Morocco's rich cuisine in what is arguably her best cookbook on the subject. Deftly balancing authenticity with ease of preparation, Wolfert's superb collection will have carnivores and vegetarians alike eagerly compiling their shopping lists. There are recipes for Tagine of Baby Calamari with Red Pepper and Tomato; Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Browned Almonds; and Spiced Brain Salad with Preserved Lemons (tip: parboiling the brains robs them of vital nutrients; it's better to simply rinse them). Once home cooks have stocked their pantries with a few key spices, such as saffron and Ceylon cinnamon, would-be Moroccan chefs will be perfectly prepare a meal. Wolfert is an eager and encouraging host, walking readers through the various regions and their signature dishes as well as the handful of ingredients that make the cuisine so distinctive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848734428
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 342,213
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have collectively authored more than 20 cookbooks, including The Ultimate Ice Cream Book and Real Food Has Curves. They are also regular contributors to many cooking magazines, including Cooking Light, Gourmet, Eating Well, and the Wine Spectator. Weinstein and Scarbrough have also been on a bevy of national shows including, Today Show, Weekend Today, The View, Fox and Friends, and CBS Early Show (as Chef on a Shoestring). They currently live and work in New York City.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    I loved this cookbook and ended up cooking 7 recipes, not includ

    I loved this cookbook and ended up cooking 7 recipes, not including some of the salad dressing and marinades that I tried.  The meals are separated into many sections.  There are breakfast, lunch, dinner, stir-fry meals, casseroles, and much more.  Not only does the book include recipes but there are little boxes that include tips and substitutions if you don't have ingredients on hand.  It also includes an index.

    Everyone looks for different things in a cookbook but I can only tell you the things that are important to me.

    Pictures.  I have to have tons of pictures.  I will buy a cookbook because of the pictures alone.  I like the pictures because they tell me if my end result was on the right track.  And of course they make me hungry enough to want to cook something instead off nuking some pizza rolls (don't judge!)

    This cookbook has at least one picture per page!  It's absolutely wonderful.  The food looks so amazing and I know instantly which recipes I would be interested in trying.  In this aspect, this book is far above the rest.

    Ingredients - Number.  I don't like cooking recipes that have tons of ingredients because I increase the likelihood that I will forget to buy something or that I will forget to add it into my recipe (I forgot the cream cheese in a spinach dip recently and still ate it.  True story.).  Plus, tons of ingredients make me think that the recipe will be more expensive to make whether or not that's true.

    I think the number of ingredients in these recipes are reasonable.  There are usually about 10 ingredients but that will include salt, pepper, and cooking spray.  For my lifestyle, I can usually do with fewer ingredients but you know...I'm just like that.

    Ingredients - Common.  I love to cook recipes where the ingredients are already in my house!  How awesome is that!  I love to cook, so it makes it easier for me to cook on every whim.  This is especially handy when I'm studying corporations because it is the type of subject that makes you want to cut some onions.  If I have to buy a new ingredient, I really want it to be something that I will use again.

    This cookbook is cutting it close with that one.  I certainly had to plan the recipes ahead of time and buy ingredients that I had never heard of and had no idea where to find.  Luckily toward the end of my experience with this book, it worked out because the recipes used some of the same ingredients over and over.  So I definitely got my money's worth as long as I stick with this cookbook.  It's so easy to do that I certainly didn't mind in the end.  Just an extra note, I had to find many seasonings and other ingredients at my local whole foods and central market.  If I was back home, I would be out of luck because we have itty bitty grocery stores where it is hard to find normal food.  So I'd be careful about that one.

    Oh and this is where this cookbook shines!  All the recipes where so easy to follow and make.  And the end results made me look like I was an experienced chef.  Other people who have tasted the results give me much more credit in the kitchen than I deserve.  This cookbook is really great for creating a fancy looking meal and impressing a special someone.  Or a potential special someone.  Or maybe your boss.  The recipes are simple but the end result doesn't look like it at all!

    Time.  I'm studying for the bar.  They lied and said I would be studying 8 hours a day. It's more like 15. I don't have time to talk to my mom, let alone cook meals that take an hour.

    These are quick!  I love it.  The longest recipe took me 25 minutes and the shortest took me about 10 to prep.  Baking/cooking time is usually 7-20 minutes.  Longer if you forget about it in the oven.  This was perfect for me.  I think the Hubby thinks I slaved over a stove for 2 hours on our anniversary to make dinner.  I'm pretty sure that I actually fixed everything while he was in the bathroom and then stuck it in the oven for 15 minutes.  Hey I take credit even when I don't deserve it.

    Taste.  Yes, it must taste better than pizza rolls.  This is not as easy as you might think.  I LOVE pizza rolls.

    Every recipe that I have tried has been amazing.  There are not words to describe how much my world was rocked.  I really don't want to move to a new cookbook.  I've made some recipes like 6 times already.  Yum-my!

    This book has a ton of helpful extras.  If you don't know how to cook or feel a little uncomfortable jumping out there, I think this book is very helpful with that.  I was most excited that it gave me a list of meals that I could make using one rotisserie chicken.  Or recipes for creating marinades for any meat.  I've also fallen in love with making my own homemade salad dressings because of this book.  There are so many ideas and tips that don't go to one recipe or other but can be used with anything.  I think I learned a lot about cooking from this book.

    Overall, I think this cookbook is the queen of the cookbooks.  I'm sold.  Many of the recipes are online or have been in Cooking Light magazine so you can find them without buying the book.  But the book is more than just a cookbook so I'd say it is worth the investment.

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