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Dec 25, 2012 03:07 PM

Best effortless cookbook?

I have shelves full of wonderful cookbooks, but, lets face it, most of them require a lot of love, time and attention. So it made me wonder...

What cookbook do you have that you think you get the most reward for the least effort?

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  1. I really believe that great food requires a bit of effort to prepare. But quality ingredients and simple preparation can yield a fantastic meal - radically simple by Roseanne Gold is a good one. As old school and plain as they are...the old Moosewood cookbooks are simplistic and result in tasty, simple meals with no frills but solid structured dishes for the table.

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    1. re: sedimental

      I have to agree...unfortunately, I am working two positions and commuting between two cities. So I either have very little time or in a hotel kitchen with very limited equipment. These are both great suggestions. Thanks!

    2. I have all of Ina Garten's and Giada's. Both of these ladies are great cooks and the food they prepare are pretty straight forward.

      1. One of the best cook books I've read is "All About Braising" and braising is almost always fairly easy, some effort in the beginning, some important techniques, but then it's just a matter of time...

        1. Any or all of Nigel Slater's cookbooks, simple, fairly effortless things to make. On Christmas Eve I was frantically trying to think of what to make for last minute dinner guests - I opened Appetite, saw variations on pasta and exhaled - brown mushrooms, cream, Marsala, parsley, parmesan - dinner was done in 15 minutes and only one pot and one saucepan used.

          1. I received Ina's "Foolproof" for christmas and read it cover to cover last night. This is as easy and straightforward as it comes.

            An oldie but goodie that I give to nephews moving out on their is own is "the I hate to cookbook". Basic, easy yet good/solid recipes.

            Another I give to them is the first Rachel Ray cook book-30 minute meals. She is annoying as hell but those recipes are pretty effortless.