Saturday, August 24, 2013
Cooking the Books Review
I'm not much for cooking "light" so when my sister and my mom both recommended this book I was doubtful. My sister went ahead and bought it for me for Christmas anyway and I am glad she did. This is basically the go-to cookbook in our house. When we go away to the lake for a week, this is the only cookbook I bring with us because I can count on finding whatever it occurs to us to eat while we are there in this one volume. The recipes are all pretty clearly explained and I have found that the prep/cook time estimates are accurate.
Among my very favorite recipes included here are cajun shrimp (I have made all 3 of the recipes on that page and they were all good); apricot scones; pork tenderloin with rosemary and garlic; french chicken in vinegar sauce with pepper-spiked polenta (my husband's favorite); and skillet beef burgundy.
This book would make a great wedding or housewarming gift. If this were the only cookbook you had you could eat very well for a long time.
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Those recipes all sound delicious. I am a big fan of polenta. Also rosemary!ReplyDelete
I always loved that magazine, which I've gotten on and off over the years). I'll have to check out the book. I love it that it can get you through a whole week at the lake. Oh and I'm also happy to know the time estimates seem to be accurate.ReplyDelete
Oddly enough I have never liked the magazine -- too many weird fake foods used. The cookbook has a lot fewer recipes that call for non-fat-low-sodium-cheese-substitute than there seem to be in the magazine.Delete
I actually get Cooking Light magazine, so I would probably like this one.ReplyDelete
I've also subscribed on and off to the magazine & have always found any recipe we've made to consistently tasty.ReplyDelete