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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 11 December 2020
Everybody is so busy nowadays, but most of us still have to get dinner. Easy/simple recipes are very helpful and I think appreciated.
There aren't many pictures in Simple Recipes, Good Food, so picture lovers will be disappointed. What there are are good basic recipes that mostly call for ingredients most of us have on hand--or can easily find in the store. There is a chapter with Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. I like the "Build Your Own Buddha Bowl" recipe. There is a recipe for pesto pasta that looks good, but I wondered where at this time of year I would find two cups of fresh basil leaves. I have basil under lights in the basement, but not two cups worth. And then I remembered my last trip to a local Asian Market that had a wall of packaged refrigerated herbs--maybe eight ounces worth in each package. Unfortunately, in some parts of the country there aren't many Asian stores.
There are breakfast and dessert chapters as well as meat and fish chapters. A number of recipes I looked at called for parchment paper which is easily found at the grocery store. There is a recipe for a beef sirloin roast that you wrap in parchment paper and then cook in a dutch oven on the stove for hours. I cannot wait to make that.
All-in-all I think this book has meals that most families will like. Nothing using parts of animals you have never heard of and no recipes that call for lots of slicing, dicing, chopping, or mincing.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Best No-Picture Cookbook I Own
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 11 November 2020
Too bad almost no pictures. Look - there is nothing like a cookbook with pictures to inspire you. But you pay much more than 2x the price. (There is a picture at the start of each chapter for one dish in that section). But if you are looking for easy recipes with standard American ingredients, prepared with ordinary tools and appliances, this is the book for you. And I can't stress the American part enough. Every cookbook I have bought over the last 10 years has 2 out of 3 recipes with bizarre ingredients from other cultures. Nothing against other cultures, but if I wanted to cook a Martian dish I would buy a cookbook with "Martian" in the title. Do as I did and use the Look Inside feature on the Amazon product page to browse much of the book and decide if these recipes are what you would make. If you grew up with a white picket fence in your yard, and your mom cooked healthy like we do today, these would be her recipes. And the book is almost all recipes - not a lot of filler about growing up on the farm or how to use basic kitchen tools. Nothing about an Instant Pot or Air Fryer. Just meat, vegetables, pastas and spices you already own.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 20 January 2021
Reviews of this book are mixed, but check what it promises in the subtitle "5 Ingredient, 30-Minute, Make Ahead, One Pot, Slow Cooker." There's nothing too startling here -- the recipes are, as the title says, simple, good food. I don't think you need a picture to understand what Classic Sloppy Joes or Quick Garlic Butter Shrimp are going to look like when they're finished. Can I whip this up in one pot, stick it in the slow cooker, or make it ahead for when I'm tired, hungry, and just want something to taste good without a lot of time, effort, exotic ingredients, clever techniques, or unusual spices? It isn't a gourmet guide to anything, it's like a sympathetic friend who says, "Hey, I fixed this last night. It was easy, and we all liked it."
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 31 December 2020
This has good simple recipes with stuff you probably have around the house. You don't have to hunt down specialty items to make these recipes which is a big plus to me. I really liked the potato and pepper breakfast casserole. It was packed with flavor. I used sausage instead of ham and the family really liked it. I also liked the tomato soup even though I made it without the carrots. The garlic butter grilled cheese was excellent addition. It was perfect for a cold winter day. I like the easy recipes and not having to hunt down weird ingredients. This is the perfect every day cook book.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Good Cookbook for Every Day Cooking
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 15 November 2020
Here’s the cookbook for the cook who is responsible for family meals, day in and day out. Probably nothing in these pages will win a 5-star award, but it provides what it says it will - simple recipes for good food.
No recipes here are over-complicated with many ingredients and difficult techniques, but there is plenty to enjoy in these pages. In addition to recipes for every meal and sauces as accompaniments, you’ll find plenty of tips for cooking, kitchen tools, and (my favorite) quick clean-ups.
Take a look at this cookbook as a gift for a new cook who doesn’t want to spend all available time in the kitchen.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 27 December 2020
Simple Recipes, Good Food: A Cookbook by Jesseca Hallows is a great recipe book with simple and easy to prepare recipes. This book has 5 ingredient, 30 minute, make ahead, one pot and slow cooker recipes. It has 125 recipes that are great for families. The recipes are simple and easy to make. This product is great for gifting or personal use!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 31 December 2020
I really like this cookbook. The recipes have ingredients that I normally have on, or are easy to get. No hard-to-find, exotic ingredients. The dishes look like things I’d actually make. Some of the recipes called for prepared foods, which is fine with me. When I’m in a rush, that’ll come in handy. On days I have more time, I can make homemade versions of those items. Really happy with this cookbook.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 18 December 2020
This is a pretty fantastic cookbook. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of super "Insta-worthy" pictures to accompany each recipe, but it has good, solid, straight-forward recipes for every occasion. I'm sold.
The book is broken along traditional "food genre" lines (e.g. vegetarian entrees vs. soups/salads and so forth) and offers nice, simple-ingredient options (allegedly five or less, exclusive of staples such as butter).
All in all, I'm completely in love with this book. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 21 January 2021
Love the setup and design of the recipes in this cookbook. Very good detail and directions with imagery to back up the recipes. Simple Recipes, Good Food is an easy to follow cookbook filled with delicious go-to recipes for any occasion. Whether you are in the mood for a slow cooked family dinner, a one pot/pan staple, a 30-minute recipe prep, cook and go, topped off with a make-ahead 5-ingredient dessert it has 125 recipes to choose from to help you on your way.