Book Review: The Eating Well Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook by Jim Romanoff

When I first received this book I was delighted. I thought, this just might be one cookbook I’m actually going to use and not just read and set aside! Six weeks passed and for once, my prediction proved accurate.

Since the day “Healthy in a Hurry” arrived in the mail, every week’s meal plan has featured at least two recipes from this book. The “Healthy in a Hurry” concept is a great one for modern mothers struggling to prepare wholesome meals with little time to spend in that short window between the end of the workday and the 6:30pm soccer (or whatever) practice. As the book’s subtitle states, the recipes are appropriate for quick and simple everyday suppers. There isn’t much here that you’d want to serve for special occasions, but the book features an almost endless variety of tasty weekday meals that can be whipped up in minutes.

Author Jim Romanoff–editor of EatingWell magazine–takes his inspiration from a wide variety of culinary traditions. Meals are inspired by Southwestern, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, Greece and North African cuisines. About two thirds of the 150 recipes are accompanied by beautiful full-color photos. Each recipe provides prep and cook time and nutrition information, as well as stating whether the recipe is high in fiber, low in carbs, or appropriate for a “healthy weight” lifestyle. “Nutrition Bonuses” are provided for recipes that contain 15% or more of the daily value of specific nutrients such as vitamin A, folate or iron.

“Healthy in a Hurry” features more than just recipes. The book is divided into helpful sections that can be useful in meal planning such as stocking your pantry, seasonal menu suggestions and vegetarian meals. Three sections provide ideas, not strictly recipes, for sauces, sides and desserts “in a hurry.” Special indexes help you to select recipes for kid-friendly, healthy weight and 30-minutes-or-less meals.

A few of the recipes we have enjoyed are: Adobo Pork & Potato Packets, Vietnamese-Style Beef & Noodle Broth, Grilled Eggplant Panini, Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce, Chipotle Flank Steak Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Tangerine Veal Medallions.

Just a few of the delicious recipes that I have yet to try are: Korean-Style Steak & Lettuce Wraps, Spiced Pork Chops & Peaches, Grilled Filet Mignon with Vegetable Kabobs, Shrimp Enchiladas Verde, Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas and Express Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya.

In my extensive cookbook selection there are some books that I return to repeatedly for good recipes for Sunday supper or special occasions. Others I just love to read, dreaming over the time-consuming recipes featuring expensive or exotic ingredients that I’d love to try…someday. But there are very few that I use regularly for my weekday dinners. “Healthy in a Hurry” has proved to be one of them and as such I recommend it as a valuable addition to anyone’s collection.

Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens by Evelyn Raab and George A Walker

Know any teenagers who don’t know how to cook, but should or want to learn? A little clueless in the kitchen yourself and you are over the age of 20? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then I have a book for you.

Clueless in the Kitchen is a book I have known about since I was a teenager and I am well past my teen years, but I still use this book as a reference and for some tried and true recipes. This is a good book to start with for beginner cooks who don’t know how to do things as simple as how to boil water because it gives basic knowledge, simple recipes and even includes menu ideas for the recipes it has shown you how to make. What is especially helpful is that the book is broken up into sections such as breakfast, baking, desserts, soups,etc. This is especially good for someone who wants to impress by planning a whole meal from start finish including an appetizer, main course and dessert. In the very beginning of the book after the chapter guides, you will find a guide to the kitchen that explains how to do things such as defrosting the freezer, clean the stove, how to properly use the dishwasher and other common things that you might not know how to do because you have never personally done yourself. In the back of the book there is also a metric conversion table to help those of us who have some difficulties converting teaspoons and cups to millimeters and liters. Right before the conversion table, there is a terminology guide as well to explain some of the terms that might not make sense and you have never heard of before.

I have tried many different recipes in this book and continue to do so, but over the years I have come love a few specific recipes and use them over and over. I am not that good at savory items, but I have yet to have a problem making the X-ray Vision soup or the Potato soup. Both items are simple to make and absolutely delicious, especially the X-Ray vision soup because it’s a lighter(it’s not creamy) and is full of carrots which are said to help with the health of your eyes. The Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake is another one of my favorites because it’s quick and easy and it’s not heavy and dense like most coffee cakes are.

Overall, I would say great book for everyone no matter what your age and skill level because there is something for everyone in this book.

Salad Cookbook Review of Salad 365

Salad lovers everywhere will be able to appreciate the recipe book, Salad 365. It features recipes for 365 salads, one for very day of the year. Readers will be able to find and try delicious salads of all types, cold ones, hot ones, those made with pasta and those with out. Salad 365 is an excellent collection of recipes that are easy to prepare, tasty and best of all, no matter what a person’s tastes in salads are they will be able to find one in this recipe book that fits their fancy.

Often times the trouble with salads, at least for the uninformed, is that they can get boring. Unless a person is a good cook or really imaginative most people end up making the same salad over and over. After a while, no matter how yummy it tasted at first, it gets tiring eating a salad with the same ingredients and dressing. For those looking to add a recipe or two (or 365) to their repertoire, this book is an excellent buy. It goes into great detail regarding how to put each salads together. The instructions are step-by-step, which makes it extremely easy to toss together a delicious salad for oneself, family and even for guests.

Many people view salad as a diet food, a meal low in taste and calories. While salads can be great for dieting and weight loss, they can also be a satisfying, tasty and easy-to-prepare meal. The Salad 365 book includes hundreds of salad recipes of this type.

Below, are a few reasons why you may want to consider buying the Salad 365 book.

1. It includes hundreds of delicious recipes

2. All instructions are easy to read and follow

3. There are a wide variety of salad types to choose from

4. Many of the recipes included are great for serving guests

5. The book includes salads that are cinch to throw together and serve to ones family

6. The guide is affordable

Finding a book of recipes on salads can be kind of tough, especially a quality one that includes recipes that are actually appetizing. There are a number of ways to use this book. If you are especially adventurous and really like salads, you can try out one recipe a day or you can look through the book and try the ones that look the most appealing. Either approach is great. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book for individuals who enjoy salads and who like to have instant access to a library of delicious recipes.