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.