Kim Smith Smith itibaren West Keal, Lincolnshire, İngiltere
A little to po-mo for my tastes. Not as haunting, rich or beautiful as The Last Life. But solid.
I have owned this cookbook for several years - it was given to me as a gift for my bridal shower in 2002 and was one of my main resources as I learned my way around a kitchen. I originally rated it 4 stars - it was user-friendly, the recipes were great for everyday use, and there are several quick tips that can be applied to anything you ever prepare in the kitchen. I am revising my rating now, 6 years later, as the insanely busy, budget-conscious mother of 2 small children. This book is not just a resource anymore, it is a lifesaver. I had gotten to the point where several evenings a week I would stare into my refrigerator and despair over the lack of options...yet wrangling my 3 year old and my 1 year old into the minivan and out to the grocery store (or even the drive-through!) seemed even more defeating. This book was written for me. Beyond the many kid-friendly, quick-fix recipes, it strives to use ingredients that are easy to keep on hand. The prep of each recipe is idiot-proof - it will tell you what to do and in what order so that you use as few dishes as possible and get things done in under 20 minutes. Add to that, most of the recipes are truly fantastic. Most of them have enough flexibility that you can personalize them to your taste - for example, Easy Chicken Enchiladas (p. 269) calls for canned chicken, but is just as good with left-over chicken, black beans, ground beef or turkey, etc. It notes that green taco sauce made with tomatillos will give it an authentic flavor, but if you prefer to use traditional red taco sauce, go for it! (I make this recipe as written, using whole wheat tortillas, lowfat sour cream and reduced fat shredded cheese and it is extraordinary - better than most restaurants and SO much healthier and less expensive) If you invest in this book, read the introduction before you start using it. It was put together with busy moms in mind, and it will help you maximize the usefulness of the book if you read the authors' explanation of the layout of the book.