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Half-scratch magic : 200 ways to pull dinner out of a hat using a can of soup or other tasty shortcuts : a cookbook
Eckhardt, Linda West, 1939-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarkson Potter, [2003]

Physical Description:
288 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TX833.5 .E29 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Two James Beard Award winners take half-scratch cooking to its full potential with wily strategies for transforming the new convenience foods into culinary triumphs. Now cooks can discover the quick trick of pairing freshly prepared purchased items and pantry staples to produce specialties. 200 recipes.

Author Notes

Katherine West Defoyd is part of a mother-daughter team committed to high-protein eaters whose most recent book, "Entertaining 101," won the 1998 James Beard Award for the Best Entertaining Cookbook. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

While some quick-and-easy style cookbooks suffer from a lack of imagination (creamed corn poured over vegetables to create a dubious veggie bake) or worse, a lack of scruples (a can of V-8 poured into a bowl and presented as "gazpacho"), this volume offers hearty, delicious recipes, most of which require 30 minutes or less in the kitchen, and all of which use jars or cans of ingredients that are probably already in the pantry. The recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops on Sweet-and-Sour Red Pepper Chutney, for example, asks for little more than some lamb chops, a food processor and a jar of red peppers, but turns out to be an elegant and slightly exotic dinner party dish. Similarly, Couscous, Chicken, Grapes, and Arugula Salad demands only rudimentary skills-think mixing and boiling water-but still makes for a fresh-tasting lunch or light supper. The authors, a mother and daughter team, are both accomplished cooks, with James Beard and Julia Child awards between them. But despite their high-flown credentials, they clearly understand that elegance need not require hours in front of the stove, and convenience need not sacrifice taste. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved