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Old 11-23-2002, 06:22 PM
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Off The Shelf: Cooking From The Pantry

Off The Shelf: Cooking From The Pantry
By Donna Hay
Quality Paperback
192 Pages
2001, William Morrow
ISBN 0-06-621448-3

Amazon price: $17.50

What a fabulous book (in fact, it was our Number 1 picks for top ten cookbooks of 2002). The author uses ingredients easily kept on hand in your pantry to create quick to fix, mouth watering gourmet dishes that rival those served at the latest trendy restaurants. Each recipe is simple and fasst to prepare -- well within the realm of even beginner cooks. Dish is photographed in gorgeous full-color to further tempt you to get in the kitchen and start cooking.

I especially like the way the author organized the book -- by the types of pantry ingredients, or ethnic flavors, rather than by the type of dish. Categories include:

Pasta; Rice; Noodles: Grains and Lentils; Mediterranean; Asian; Pastes; Bake; and Sweet.

Within each chapter are recipes in various categories -- salads, main courses, side dishes, etc.

Each chapter includes full descriptions of the ingredients you’ll need to stock your pantry, as well as tips and tricks for working with and storing them, a mouth watering collection of recipes based around the pantry ingredients, as well as a page or two of "short order" recipes -- ultra quick and easy recipes you’ll use over and over again.

The back cover of the book reads: "Over 190 fast and fresh, inspiring and simple solutions to the nothing for dinner dilemma." But the book is so much more, pushing the boundaries of typical quick and easy fare to new heights. This is fresh, tasty innovative gourmet fare. Suddenly everynight suppers have become something to really look forward to.


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