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Let me first say that I'm a big fan of Everyday Food (the magazine and tv show). I also liked how the recipes all come with their own photo, and how the recipes in the book are divided into seasons (you are buying ingredients in the season you would find them at the market). None of the recipes look too complicated, very doable. HOWEVER, the time it takes to make a meal is significantly longer than the time stated at the beginning of each recipe. For instance, "Roasted Chicken and Vegetables" says it takes 10 minutes to prep(!), but the ingredients list calls for an acorn squash "halved, seeded and sliced," mushrooms [washed?] "trimmed and halved," onion "cut into wedges," 8 garlic cloves [peeled?] "crushed," chicken (you'd need to wash & trim that), and crushed rosemary. It took me almost an hour to do all this! Ten minutes, indeed.
SO--nice recipes, glossy pictures, a nod to seasonality...but you better start prepping the meal way in advance of dinner!
This is a nice book with a nice layout and I love that there is a picture of each recipe. If you are big into cooking you will find it incredibly simple. More like ideas than recipes. I sort of page through it like, what do I have in the house, what should I make...oh that's a good idea. If you are just getting into cooking at home then this is probably an excellent book to start off with. The ingredients are simple and the time estimates are accurate.
This book is wonderfully illustrated! Just flipping through the pages makes me hungry. The recipes are very easy to follow and I love how the recipes are broken into different sections in regards to seasons. The only problem I have personally is that a lot of these recipes required a shopping trip to make because I did not have a lot of the ingredients already at home (but that is just me personally). However the recipes I have tried out turned out wonderful.
recipes are short and clear. What I don't like about the book is the seasonal organization. I think of what I have on hand (like chicken) and then grab a cookbook for ideas. In this cookbook chicken is scattered throughout based on seasonal recipes. I likely will use the book for entertainment ideas but it won't be my go-to cookbook for everyday dinners
As a charter subscriber to Everyday Food magazine, I was excited to see this cookbook come out. I've downsized, and the only other two cookbooks on my shelf are Joy of Cooking and Moosewood Cookbook, so this is a great companion. Quick, easy meals, food that's good for you and pretty to look at. My only complaint is that the meals are divided by season. Cutesy. Luckily, there's an index.