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Cookbook suggestions for an impatient cook

My sister likes to cook, but has no patience for a long list of ingredients. Are there any cookbooks that would appeal to a minimalist (with apologies to Mark Bittman)? Thanks.

asked by DebJ almost 2 years ago

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Ali Slagle

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added almost 2 years ago

Have you seen Nigel Slater's EAT? Ingredient lists are so short, they don't exist!

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HalfPint

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added almost 2 years ago

I also recommend Slater's Fast Food cookbook.

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Nancy

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added almost 2 years ago

Consider Rozanne Gold, chef at the Rainbow Room, author of 12 cookbooks, award-winner etc who made a thing of 3 ingredient recipes (e.g., cooking, baking, healthy, for kids,).
The thing is, from 3 ingredients she often gets very impressive and complex-tasting results.
See her listings at Amazon in case one or more strikes you as good for your sister.
http://www.amazon.com/Rozanne...
Cooking 1-2-3

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Cav
added almost 2 years ago

I'd give her The Fat Duck cookbook, and a massive grin.

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HalfPint

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added almost 2 years ago

I would recommend Nigella Lawson's How to Be a Domestic Goddess. She's not into fiddle-y (her word) foods with long lists of ingredients. The format is more novel form than cookbook, but the recipes are mostly very good and easy. This was her first and it's my favorite.

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Susan W

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added almost 2 years ago

I agree. I have a daughter who is a bit of an inpatient cook. As much as she loves to eat good food, cooking stresses her out a little. She may or may not have been switched at birth. ;)

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amysarah

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added almost 2 years ago

Ditto Nigella Lawson. But as you mention, Mark Bittman is an obvious choice for simple, dependable recipes, e.g., How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Fast. Alice Waters' Art of Simple Food is also full of recipes that depend on not lengthy but great quality ingredients, and straightforward technique.

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added almost 2 years ago

Great ideas, everyone. Thanks so much!

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added almost 2 years ago

Alice Waters The Art of Simple Food has very few ingredients and produces lovely results...

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Kristen W.

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added almost 2 years ago

'An Everlasting Meal" by Tamar Adler isn't exactly a cookbook, but more like a philosophy/methodology of cooking, much of which I think would work well for an impatient cook. I mean, she claims to have served plain bean broth to a guest who came for a meal - you don't get fewer ingredients than that!

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Nancy

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added almost 2 years ago

Agree whole-heartedly. Everlasting Meal is a wonderful book for any cook. It's partly about how to run a kitchen and use all our wonderful food. BTW and you probably know, her model-inspiration was MFK Fisher's How to Cook a Wolf...

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