Reviews by Kristina Sepetys
Looking for ways to get healthy, well-balanced meals on the table quickly? Most cooks know tricks like planning out meals at the beginning of the week and making shopping lists, keeping a well-stocked pantry, and cooking enough to include leftovers. These three new cookbooks give you some additional ideas by offering a variety of tips and tricks for making delicious, balanced, cost-effective meals faster and easier.
Fast to the Table Freezer Cookbook:
Freezer-Friendly Recipes and Frozen Food Shortcuts
by Becky Rosenthal
(Countryman Press, 2016)
Becky Rosenthal authors the popular cooking and lifestyle blog The Vintage Mixer. In her latest cookbook, Rosenthal demonstrates how to make your freezer work for you. If you buy groceries in bulk, discover how to break down your purchases into usable, smaller servings to freeze and incorporate into dishes for later. If you love to get your fruits, vegetables, meat, and more from a farmers’ market, but have a hard time eating everything before it spoils, learn how to freeze produce or prepare meals to freeze. And if you need more of a shortcut, buy frozen ingredients to use for recipes like Beef Pot Pie with Peas, Carrots, and Pearl Onions (from the freezer: piecrust, beef, vegetables); Corn Cakes with Pulled Pork and Cherry Salsa (from the freezer: pulled pork, cherries, make-ahead corn pancakes).
Dinner Made Simple:
35 Everyday Ingredients, 350 Easy Recipes
by the editors of Real Simple magazine
(Oxmoor House, 2016)
I’ve always had good luck cooking recipes from Real Simple magazine. I’ve found them forgiving, reliable, and tasty. Many are now in regular rotation with my other standards. The latest cookbook from the magazine’s editors shows you how to spin 35 basic ingredients into hundreds of hassle-free dishes. Organized from apples to zucchini, Dinner Made Simple offers 350 easy, quick dishes, many ready in 30 minutes or less. With ten ideas for every ingredient, you’ll never look at a box of spaghetti, a bunch of carrots, or a ball of pizza dough the same way again.
Amazing Recipe Makeovers:
200 Classic Dishes at 1/2 the Fat, Calories, Salt, or Sugar
by the editors of Cooking Light magazine
(Oxmoor House, 2016)