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Mar 23, 2008 05:17 PM

ISO cookbooks comparable to Pierre Franey's "60 Minute Gourmet"

About 15 years ago my aunt gave me a copy of "60 Minute Gourmet" by the former NYT columnist Pierre Franey.

Now I am a working mother with very little time to cook, but my family and I appreciate good food. The one cookbook I own which truly delivers on the promise of "quick & easy recipes that taste great too" is "60 Minute Gourmet".

Is this the best cookbook in the pantheon of cookbooks for really quick & easy and delicious?

If you know of any other contenders, please let me know.

p.s. We just bought a slow cooker, so if any slow cooker cookbooks emphasize ease of preparation without sacrificing taste, recs would be welcome too. I have read the slow cooker recipe posts on this board, and lots look promising, and also the slow cooker cookbook recs although it was not clear whether posters had ease of preparation at the forefront of their review criteria.

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  1. That is a great book. In case you aren't aware, Franey has two others like it: More 60-Minute Gourmet and Cuisine Rapide. You might also like Jacques Pepin--similar style focused on high-quality everyday cooking. In fact one of my favorites of his is called Everyday Cooking.

    1. The 30-Minute Cook and Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater are both brilliant for people who like good food but are short of time. He's also a great writer.

      1. oh that reminds me , I have that book around somewhere , bought it years ago.

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        1. re: LadyCook61

          Thanks so much everyone. Yes, I had seen Franey's other two books, and I will gladly try them plus the Pepin and Slater recs

          1. re: eade

            I'm still kicking myself about having given Franey's Cuisine Rapide to the local library store!

            I like Gourmet mag's Quick Kitchen. It has lots of quick and very good recipes for all courses. My husband bought it for me at a used book store, so I don't know how widely available it is.

        2. Take a peek at Sara Moulton's books. Her new cooking show is set to debut on PBS on April 19 and the focus is on weeknight meals.

          1. I like The Minimialist Cooks Dinner by Mark Bittman.