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Tasty and Easy Meals in 30 Minutes from Reader's Digest

Updated on August 22, 2014

A treasure trove of recipes and cooking tips for all foodies

Cookbooks as a rule offer a general selection of recipes but in these days of Internet, if you want a recipe for chili, roast beef or chocolate cake, all you have to do is type a few words in to a search engine, wait a fraction of a second and pretty much get cooking. Quick, easy - and free! So who in their right mind is actually going to want to shell out a few dollars and wait for a cookbook to be delivered in the mail?

In this instance, the discerning home cook who knows what they are buying, knows the value they will obtain from their purchase and wants to take their home cooking skills to new levels quickly, inexpensively and easily.

Food and cooking is a huge part of my professional life as well as my personal life. Usually, I'm writing recipes and devising food cooking methods, not following those established by others. When this book was recommended me therefore by a family member, I was wary. What use would it be to me? Check it out, I was told - you won't be disappointed. I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart, I wasn't disappointed...

Preparation Getting ready to cook is in many ways just as important as cooking. While most cookbooks will give you a list of content and little else before proceeding with the recipes, this book takes you through those so important initial steps. It helps you learn how to choose quality ingredients and pay attention to nutrition. It looks at popular and useful cooking utensils you are likely to need on a regular basis in your kitchen and some of the techniques for which they will be employed. It even affords tips on presentation and how to get the most out of leftovers.

Organized Recipes If you're looking for a soup recipe, you want to go straight to a collection of soup recipes. If you want a chicken recipe, you don't want to be searching through beef or pork entrée ideas. You will find these recipes organized both by meal and ingredient types.

Variety If you know the recipe you are looking for, searching the Web is fine. What if you're looking for inspiration for dinner tonight? There are recipes in this book for soups and sandwiches, red meats and wild game, vegetable side dishes and even desserts. It really does cover the whole culinary spectrum. Leafing through a cookbook only takes a couple of minutes and can not only give you a wide variety of ideas, it can inspire you to adapt them and come up with your own recipes.

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Eggs scrambled with onion, green chilis, cilantro and turmeric are served with naan bread and mango chutneyCurried egg scrambling recipe is depicted in a photograph and clearly and logically explainedPork sausages are firstly poached in wine then fried in butter before being served in a spicy wine and apple saucePhoto and instructions (top) for preparing pork sausages in spicy wine with applesSpicy beef and bean chili is served with spicy Mexican cheese and toasted wheat, spelt and rye bread
Eggs scrambled with onion, green chilis, cilantro and turmeric are served with naan bread and mango chutney
Eggs scrambled with onion, green chilis, cilantro and turmeric are served with naan bread and mango chutney
Curried egg scrambling recipe is depicted in a photograph and clearly and logically explained
Curried egg scrambling recipe is depicted in a photograph and clearly and logically explained
Pork sausages are firstly poached in wine then fried in butter before being served in a spicy wine and apple sauce
Pork sausages are firstly poached in wine then fried in butter before being served in a spicy wine and apple sauce
Photo and instructions (top) for preparing pork sausages in spicy wine with apples
Photo and instructions (top) for preparing pork sausages in spicy wine with apples
Spicy beef and bean chili is served with spicy Mexican cheese and toasted wheat, spelt and rye bread
Spicy beef and bean chili is served with spicy Mexican cheese and toasted wheat, spelt and rye bread

When I received my copy of the 30 Minute Cookbook, I spent nearly an hour simply flicking through the pages to find details of the tempting treats on offer. I was overwhelmed by the variety, the simplicity and the visual appeal of the recipes. As the dishes include meals for all times of day, I quickly picked three to prepare the following day and wrote my supermarket shopping list accordingly.

Breakfast was Indian Scrambled Eggs, lunch was Sausages with Spiced Wine and Apples, while for dinner, I prepared the first of my recipe variations by adapting the Beef and Bean Chili to be served with chili infused cheese and wheat, spelt and rye toast.

What delights might you be cooking up just a few days from now...?

Reader's Digest is of course a name you can trust so you know that the book we have looked at above is going to be a quality purchase. If you're more interested, however, in finding 30 minute meal ideas from a specific cook you know you can trust, you may want to check out the Rachael Ray publication featured below.

Classic 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook
Classic 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook

More than 150 classic meal ideas from a hugely popular cook, this compilation features the very best 30 minute recipes from Rachael Ray's cookbooks.

 

What's your favorite meal to prepare in 30 minutes?

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