A popular cooking channel unveils an eclectic collection of quick and simple meals.

Food Network Magazine launched in 2008, offering tasty, easy-to-make food, tips on entertaining and commentary from the channel’s on-air celebrity chefs. This debut volume collects the best and brightest of the magazine’s kitchen-tested, “foolproof” recipes. Sprinkled among the uncomplicated dinner items are useful extras like the “Mix and Match” feature pairing classic dishes like macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, pizza and stir-fry dinners with enticing ingredient substitutions. For Food Network fans, six short profiles reveal the kitchen secrets of culinary personalities like Guy Fieri, Ted Allen and the Neelys. Recipe pages feature precise cooking times, serving sizes and nutrition information alongside low-calorie options and helpful hints like alternative cooking techniques, side-dish suggestions, intriguing flavor combinations (think microwave “tomato jam”) and ideas for leftovers. In “Soups and Stews,” Vietnamese Noodle, Pistou (French pesto) and Thai Corn Chowder add international flare. The “Poultry,” “Pasta,” and “Fish and Seafood” sections are jazzed up with recipes like “Inside Out Chicken Cordon Bleu,” “Curried Salmon Cakes” and “Skillet Lasagna,” all prepared in under an hour. A section on “10-Minute Desserts” is not as impressive, however, with most ideas feeling overly simplistic. Perhaps most unique and helpful are the thumbnail “finished-product” photographs fronting the book, providing readers a useful tool when they need to quickly plan a meal. Eye-pleasing, well-balanced compilation of accessible recipes and cooking guidelines for on-the-go home chefs.    


Pub Date: March 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4013-2419-3

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: April 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2011

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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