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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Here is one sure cure for the Suppertime Blues: more than 200 simple recipes for fast weeknight meals and casual entertaining, based on Mark Bittman's much-loved New York Times column.
For those of you who can make a meal of dessert, forget it. There are no desserts here; it's strictly main-course land, along with a few soups, sides, and salads. For those of you who forgot to clip out the recipe for Bittman's Soy-Poached Chicken (or any other recipe) from an old column, you're in luck -- and so are the rest of us.
Simple, as Bittman points out, is not simple-minded: "It takes as much time figuring out a great three-ingredient, 30-minute recipe as one that includes 30 ingredients and takes 3 hours."
Nor is simple the equivalent of ordinary. Bittman draws on the global pantry and a wide international repertoire to produce dishes that take under 30 minutes, and they are all surprisingly elegant -- dishes like Korean Beef Wrapped in Lettuce Leaves; Baked Eggs with Onion and Cheese; Scallops with Almond; or Pasta with Green Beans, Potatoes, and Pesto.
Best yet, with each recipe, Bittman offers not only pointers for success but also a few variations, together with wine and serving suggestions. With little effort, Spanish-Style Shrimp can be also be served Scampi-Style or with Asian Flavors. (Bittman suggests a Rioja with the first variation, Orvieto with the second, and beer for the Asian style.) A green salad and some store-bought bread rounds out the meal. (Ginger Curwen)