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The Instant Cook

The Instant Cook

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The cookbook that will transform your kitchen: Simple yet sophisticated recipes from the internationally renowned food writer and lifestyle expert.

Donna Hay is swiftly becoming the source American cooks go to when they ask themselves, "What should we have for dinner tonight?" She has garnered a passionate global following for her fresh and modern approach to food

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The cookbook that will transform your kitchen: Simple yet sophisticated recipes from the internationally renowned food writer and lifestyle expert.

Donna Hay is swiftly becoming the source American cooks go to when they ask themselves, "What should we have for dinner tonight?" She has garnered a passionate global following for her fresh and modern approach to food -- bringing out clean, sparkling flavors with simple techniques and streamlined instructions. In The Instant Cook, she offers more than a compendium of flexible recipes; it is an elegantly simple philosophy of cooking, and of eating.

Donna Hay pulls together flavor combinations and cooking skills from the Mediterranean and the Pacific Rim - two of the most luscious and quick-cooking cuisines on the planet - to create delicious meals with a handful of ingredients in a few minutes. She gives home cooks the confidence to cook with instinct and with style.

Exquisite full color photographs on every page illustrate Donna's signature look -- chic yet never fussy. It reminds you that cooking is a pleasure. Pour a glass of wine and catch up with family as you cook; shop without waste or confusion; host a weeknight dinner party with little planning and less effort. The Instant Cook is destined to be the cookbook that is never put back on the shelf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Oversized, glossy and gorgeously photographed, this cookbook has the body of a fashion model but the soul of a harried mother. It offers dozens of inventive and delicious recipes, most of which require very little time in the kitchen and all of which make use of convenient ingredients. Marmalade Grilled Pork Steaks asks for little more than some pork, this morning s marmalade and a frying pan, but the recipe yields wonderfully tender salty-sweet steaks. Tomato and Eggplant Tarts are like pizza for grownups (and Hay is one of those down-to-earth cooks who doesn t shy away from using frozen pastry crusts). Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Stacks are attractive piles of protein; here Hay offers a terrific vegetarian variation, as she does in several recipes throughout the book. And the desserts Blueberry and White Chocolate Mousse, Cheat s Apple Tarts and Chocolate French Toast are as easy as they are enticing. So what s not to like about this volume? Two small things: the first is that it was originally published in Australia, and several of the recipes have yet to be Americanized. (Squid hoods, anyone? Desiree potatoes?) The other is that these pages are so lovely to look at that it seems a shame to splash them with soy sauce and dribble them with oil. After all, a cookbook this handy isn t likely to dwell on one s coffee table for long. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780732281052
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 11.93(h) x 0.91(d)

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Meet the Author

At the age of eight, Donna Hay skipped into a kitchen, picked up a mixing bowl and never looked back. She moved to the world of magazine test kitchens and publishing, where she established her trademark style of simple, smart and seasonal recipes all beautifully put together and photographed. It is food for every cook, every food lover, every day and every occasion. Her unique style turned her into an international food-publishing phenomenon as a bestselling author of 20 cookbooks, publisher of donna hay magazine, newspaper columnist, and creator of a homewares and food range.

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Instant Cook 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Gwen73 More than 1 year ago
This is the third copy that I buy of this book. My sister "borrowed" mine after numerous successful cooking episodes with it, I gave it to a dear friend, and finally got myself a new copy. It features such great and tasty recipes, yet so quick and easy. The lamb with the mint salsa and the red curry soup are great favorites. Highly recommended to anyone that wants to make good food without spending hours in the kitchen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been using this cookbook when at my daughter's house for two years. Recipes are simple, flavorful, and beautiful presentation. Not the run of the mill stuff. Calls for simple and FRESH ingredients. Since we eat only organic foods, it's easy to find recipes to prepare that are very flavorful. Haven't been disappointed in a single recipe! I'm finally getting my own copy instead of using her's!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is an inspiration for simple meals, made easily but turn out with a gourmet taste and presentation. She offers several variations on simple recipes to change them from traditional to current or vegetarian. After 30 years of cooking for a family, it has inspired me to take my cooking to the next level without being overwhelmed with complexity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donna Hay and her staff have created yet another collection of recipes that beg to be visually savored and then quickly added to the menus planned for next week. Like several of her previous books, the emphasis is on beautiful food that belies its ease of preparation. The ingredients and styling look as though they come out of a top restaurant kitchen, but in a home kitchen the results are just as easily achieved. I highly recommend Donna Hay Magazine to those who find the idea of waiting another year for a new book from Donna Hay to be more than they can bear. Don't let the 'Australian-ness' of any of her books or magazines throw you off--there's a picture of every recipe and it's easy to learn that we say belgian endive, they say witlof. You may have a hard time finding Moreton Bay bugs (used in several recipes in her magazine), but frozen crayfish make a reasonable substitute.