Friday, April 24, 2015

Recipe Weekend / Cookbook Review: The No Time to Cook! Book by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from DK, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Today I have a book for you, that is perfect for new cooks, busy cooks, easy Summer entertaining and even kid cooks!

The No Time to Cook! Book  cover

Synopsis:

No time to cook? No problem! Make weeknight cooking easy with more than 100 foolproof recipes that cover quickie breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and even impressive feasts for guests — all in 30 minutes or less. Created with intuitive graphics that are easy to follow, The No Time to Cook! Book will transform your weeknight cooking and make getting dinner on the table quick, easy, and stress-free. Really!

These recipes are presented simply and easily. The No Time to Cook! Book includes illustrations, flow charts, and pie charts that make recipes easier to understand. Special sections such as “10 Fun Things to Do with a Chicken” and “The Wheel of Dressings” outline easy recipes with the humor that’s so necessary at the end of a busy day, and a quick reference section is perfect for the new cook in a time crunch. Take the stress out of dinner with The No Time to Cook! Book.



Review:

Wow is the best way to describe this book! There are SO many pictures and drawings of steps, that you literally can NOT go wrong in making ANY of the recipes! Which is why it is so perfect for new cooks, especially kids! It would be a great housewarming gift for college kids moving out on their own, or for newlyweds. Kids could have a fun Summer cooking their way through it, and learning how to cook. 

Elena starts off with the basics- how to chops things like onions, cut an avocado and preparing chilis. She talks about basic pantry items to have on hand, necessary equipment, and cooking methods. The recipes are VERY easy to make and most are made with only processed condiments, all the other ingredients are vegetables, meat or pasta. Which means you are getting a LOT of very healthy dishes, that are easy to adjust for different diets (ie gluten-free pasta instead of regular pasta, sugar substitute instead of sugar in brownies). Which makes the book perfect for those on diets, or who want lighter fare for Summer cooking.

What really impressed me though was how the recipes were laid out- ingredients are shown with a drawing, and description, the steps are shown in a top diagram (so you know how to add a recipe into your schedule), and the time it takes for cooking the recipe (so you can find uber quick recipes quickly), if they are 10 minute ones. She even has a guide to do-it-yourself sushi that is excellent! 

The pictures in the book will leave you HUNGRY, so be warned, you won't be able to just flip through this book, you'll want to start cooking right away! The host guides are also excellent to help plan different types of food tables, and to help new cooks figure out what goes together. Once you complete this book you pretty much are getting a basic cooking class! I highly recommend it! 


Recipe:

Five Minute Fajitas and Variations

The No Time to Cook! Book fajita sample 2



The No Time to Cook! Book fajita sample 1




About the Author:

A North Carolinian born and bred, Elena is a writer, photographer, and author of the award-winning food blog, biscuitsandsuch.com. Elena lives on the coast with her husband and dog, baking pies, gardening, and celebrating the rich food heritage of the American South.

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a nice cookbook for a newlywed, or someone just starting out with cooking - it is a cookbook I'd love, too. I like cookbooks with great photos and detail.

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    1. Definitely I bookmarked at least 12 recipes! The photos will get ya with this one!

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