The Illustrated Quick Cook: Easy Entertaining, After-Work Recipes, Cheap Eats

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Overview

Never has fast home cooking with fresh ingredients been more important than it is now. The pressure on the home cook is ever increasing: how can I prepare a balanced meal from scratch when I have only 30 minutes to spare, and 4 hungry mouths to feed? I want to make something from scratch for one, but will it be simple enough? Every minute counts-I've got unexpected guests tonight, what can I whip up quick, that won't disappoint?

Family food is not just about fussy eaters and getting the quantities right. It's also about flexible eating-how often does everyone sit around the table together? Once a week if you're lucky! So, food that can be prepared in advance, and simple straightforward dishes, are an essential part of the equation. We've taken all of this into consideration and come up with recipes that cover every need, with speed, so you will never have to resort to the ready meals aisle in the supermarket. The Illustrated Quick Cook is not trying to change the way you eat, introduce you to obscure ingredients, or take you off the beaten track. It's there to make your life easier, from planning, through cooking, to serving.

More than just recipes, The Illustrated Quick Cook offers fantastic value for the price. Extra features include: handy menu planners, recipe chooser galleries, Cheat tips, Cook's Notes, recipe variations, and practical information to introduce you to every time-saving chapter theme. With far more recipes than any of its competitors, and a picture of every finished dish, The Illustrated Quick Cook delivers fast food for every occasion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756655778
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Whinney grew up in Derbyshire, England, with simple home cooking. She trained as a home economist then went on to be the cooking school manager of the Cordon Vert Cookery School, the Vegetarian Society, and the food editor of Vegetarian Magazine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    An amazing book I bought for my mother. :-) 

    An amazing book I bought for my mother. :-) 

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    I love this book!

    I'd been checking this book out at the library and browsing it at the book store for months before I finally bought it. It is such an excellent resource for all sorts of meals and dishes. There fast and easy dishes as well as those with longer lists of ingredients and more complicated cooking methods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Great format and attractively presented, but it's British

    I was sold on the book because of it's very attractive format and the promise of some interesting twists on fast cooking, using leftovers in different ways and mulitple quick-cook variations on basic ingrediants (like a chicken). However, after studying it more carefully it becomes evident that the British origin of the book makes a lot of it not valuable. For example, there are ingrediants that I've never heard of or are not available here. And there is a certain point of view that is simply too foreign not to appeal to the American palate; it is not foreign in a good way like, for example, French or Italian. Still, it's a useful addition and every recipe has a photo of the finished dish, which is helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    Great Book To Add To Your Collection!

    This book is a one of a kind! Great recipes, great party dishes and great photos. I think every home cook should have one.

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