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The 15-minute chef
Mack, Patricia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HPBooks, 1999.
Physical Description:
vii, 294 pages ; 24 cm
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Lancaster Library TX833.5 .M34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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For cooks on the go, The 15-Minute Chef is the ultimate time-saving guide to shopping, cooking, and clean-up--with 500 recipes that are so fast and fabulous, you won't believe it's healthy, too! Here are all the secrets of speed and convenience you need, so set your timer and go!* One-Stop Shopping Race through the supermarket with The 15-Minute Chef's time-chopping shopping tips* Ready-to-Go Ingredients 5 canned goods to always keep on hand 5 items every refrigerator should have 5 dry ingredients that are an absolute must * Timesaving Techniques 5 quick tips for tired cooks 5 simple gadgets that will slice and dice your prep time

Author Notes

Patricia Mack is the food editor for The Record in Hackensack, NJ, and also contributes to the lifestyle and health sections. She has received five awards from the Association of Food Journalists and numerous other citations for writing. She has appeared on several television programs, including The Food Network's " In Food Today " and ABC's " Eyewitness News ."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Take newspaper food editor Mack at her word--if you already have all the ingredients and sliced, diced, and minced vegetables at hand. Because one quarter of an hour is the time it will take to prepare any of the 500 main meals showcased. In terms of one-dish entrees, Mack literally leaves no ethnic village cuisine untouched. There is Greek salad, lemon soup, chicken cacciatore, halibut ragu, among many other choices. Few require more than a half dozen ingredients; all are accompanied by menu suggestions--for example, appetizers, side dishes, desserts--that will transform one dish into a feast. Unfortunately, despite Mack's claim of healthy fixings, there are no nutritional analyses. Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Yes, these recipes are indeed fast, but delicious is another matter. The author of "The 15-Minute Chef" column for the Bergen Record, Mack presents quick-and-easy recipes for main courses only, with menu suggestions for each one that rely in most cases on store-bought or bakery desserts and side dishes from the deli counter (Sardine Raclette with spinach salad, pretzels, and sliced apples is not one of her better inspirations). And although the recipes mostly do not use convenience foods, the purchased accompaniments can get expensive. Still, most of the recipes are fine for family meals, and busy cooks with little time to plan could certainly find some dinners hereĀ‘perhaps served with their own accompaniments. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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