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Cooking Light The Complete Quick Cook: A Practical Guide to Smart, Fast Home Cooking Hardcover – Nov 8 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (Nov. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848734424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848734428
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 3.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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I really like the book it has easy recipes for everyday cooking. very well done the book has very healthy cooking methods for my family also they taste good
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This is a great cookbook! All recipes have "normal" ingredients. I have made about a third of the recipes and all are amazing!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great recipes and great tips March 24 2013
By Alexis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.

Simplicity. I am lazy. That is all.

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!

Bonus Materials. Extras.

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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Another great book from this team! Nov. 26 2011
By debwr - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
They've done it again!

Fantastic new book from Weinstein/Scarbrough.
Easy and effective techniques. This book is great for family meals or feeding guests who "drop in".
In addition to the written recipes, each page has color illustrations.
This is a must for every cookbook library.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great starter cook book June 10 2013
By Brenda J. Mcfarlin - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have used this several times and purchased for each of my children and friends children that were always uneasy about cooking. They all love it! This book breaks down the basics of your kitchen, sauces, spices to what you should always have on hand in the kitchen! This book is a great addition to anyone's kitchen! Great book Cooking Light!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Easy, Delicious, Quick, Simple, What More Can You Ask? Aug. 13 2013
By Meredith A. Hartnett - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm obsessed with the pasta primavera from this book! There are SO many great, low calorie recipes.... including vegetarian recipes, which are hard to find. I also really loved some of the cooking tips. Most of these recipes call for things that you probably already have in your kitchen. Clear instructions. Because the calories, fat, protein, and other health info are included for each recipe, this is great to use with weight watchers, Lose It app, and other diets where you need to count. And the recipes don't taste diety- they taste DELICIOUS. Thank you so much for this book. I hope you write a cooking light vegetarian version one day!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good one! April 4 2014
By Lauren Stazzone - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A really good cookbook! I've been a fan of Cooking Light, but sometimes the recipes call for too many ingredients. Not this one! I gave this as a gift and was sorry that I didn't get one for myself.