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CIA Gourmet Meals in Minutes cookbook? reviews?

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wurstle Nov 10, 2004 09:44 AM

Anyone used The Culinary Institute of America's Gourmet Meals in Minutes cookbook? It's a nice looking book with a bunch of intriguing recipes. Almost all of the recipes are designed to serve 8 which is more than I usually need for home cooked meals, but I hope you can easily halve the recipes where needed. Most are estimated to take between 30 and 45 minutes. Is it worth it at $40 retail - $25.30 on Amazon.com? Any recipes in particular worth making or to be avoided or tweaked?

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    wurstle Nov 24, 2004 08:02 AM

    well I broke down and bought it and I have to say it's not bad! I especially like the Thai soup and the curried butternut squash soup recipes - easy and quite good. The orange beef stir fry was a bit weird though. Still have a bunch of recipes to try out. For a book by the Culinary Institute of America, it's interesting to me that the recipes are not designed for the beginner as they assume you know a thing or two because they skip some preparation steps. Fine with me, but my husband was a bit confused when he made one of the dishes the other night. Plus it is a bit annoying that almost all of the recipes serve 8 and you have to keep dividing everything if you only want to serve 2 or 4 people.

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