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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558323686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323681
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,164,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Beth Hensperger, a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger is the author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Her other books include highly-acclaimed titles such as The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for the Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger wrote a San Jose Mercury News food column for twelve years, Baking with the Seasons. She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking & lifestyle magazines, such as Food & Wine, Rachael Ray Magazine, Veggie Life, Cooking Light, Working Woman, Victoria, Prevention, and Family Circle, and is a sought after newspaper and radio interviewee speaking on slow cooking, bread baking, and entertaining. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her website at and blog at

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Healthy, Delicious! April 16 2009
By Avid reader - Published on
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Many cookbooks promise "quick, healthy, and delicious" recipes, but few deliver. This one does! Henspserger is well-known for her reliable and innovative books on crockpot cooking. She has another winner with this book on weeknight cooking.

You'll find streamlined recipes for family favorites: Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi, Baked Crab Cakes, Flank Steak Beef Broccoli, Salisbury Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and many more. For the adventurous, there are recipes with exotic names that are actually easy to prepare - Chinese Spaghetti with Pork Sauce, Paillards of Chicken with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes (a favorite at our house), Lobster and Asparagus Benedict, Duck Breast Salad. I like the balance in the book between the familiar and the unexpected.

With few exceptions, ingredient lists are short, the emphasis is on fresh foods, and ingredients could be found in a typical grocery. I loved the special sections on helpful topics, such as "About Vinegars", "Tips for Great Pizza", and "Steamed Seasonal Vegetables", to name a few.

I buy a lot of cookbooks. Most are good for a quick read and for trying a few recipes that stand out. This one is different. I expect to be using it for many years.

To begin, try the Olive Oil Cornbread and the Sour Cream Cornbread with Cheddar and Corn Kernals - both are outstanding!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me feel gourmet! Oct. 18 2009
By Amanda C. Mcginley - Published on
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So far I have enjoyed all the recipes I have tried. The herb coated tilapia, shrimp provencal, and the black bean soup are just a few that I have loved so far. I do not consider myself very proficient in the kitchen. I need a recipe to make anything good. With this cookbook I feel like I'm eating a gourmet meal even though it was so easy to make. I also have her slow cooker cookbook and have enjoyed that too!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars healthy! Oct. 26 2009
By Carol H - Published on
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Great cookbook. All recipes are geared for the healthy cooking we need to do more of.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weeknight Variety With Ease Nov. 3 2008
By Rita Mayberry - Published on
Format: Paperback
Coming up with tantalizing meals that are nutritionally sound night after night after night is difficult at best, and Beth Hensperger is an expert at making it easy and fun to treat your family on any ordinary Wednesday night (or Tuesday, or Thursday, or even (shudder) Monday. Hensperger's latest offering is Not Your Mother's Weeknight Cooking, and if she were my mother, I would never have left home. For instance, Beth's Mexican Chicken with Beer Glaze and Sweet Potato Fries whips up in about an hour, and is deliciously spicy, using a spice blend that Jacquie McMahan shared with Beth. I love that Beth gives credit where credit is due as well. If you have ever moaned, "I don't know what to fix tonight," buy this book. It will help a great deal.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt compelled to write a review . . . June 2 2011
By Kate - Published on
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I don't typically write reviews on cookbooks - even though I read cookbook reviews before buying and cook almost every night from a different cookbook (I have a pretty large collection and use many of them for our favorite meals). After another great dinner tonight, I wanted to share how much I am loving this cookbook. So far I have made the chicken piccata, baked halibut parmesan, escarole & sausage soup and - tonight - salibury steak with garlic mashed potatoes. My kids and husband just raved over this one. In fact, each one has been a hit. I am excited to continue exploring Beth's recipes - they come together fairly quickly, are pretty healthy (you can easily reduce a little of the butter without sacrificing the dish) and are very flavorful. Highly recommend!