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Everyday Food: Great Food Fast

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No matter how busy you are, at the end of the day you want fresh, flavorful meals that are easy to prepare. And you want lots of choices and variations—recipes that call for your favorite foods and take advantage of excellent (and readily available) ingredients. In the first book from the award-winning magazine Everyday Food, you’ll find all of that: 250 simple recipes for de ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Clarkson Potter
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Sean
Jan 20, 2008 Sean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: eaters
Shelves: cookbooks
To my great chagrin, this book has turned out some simple and very helpful recipes.......and yet I still despise Martha Stewart.
Holly Celeste
Mar 28, 2008 Holly Celeste rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
When I want to make something really good without spending all evening in the kitchen, this is pretty good. They're all relatively simple recipes. Big color photos on every page, which is a must for me.

So far I've liked the Curried Carrot Soup and loved the Orecchiette with Sausage and Roasted Peppers. I did NOT like the Hot and Sour Soup. Yech.
Selena
Aug 24, 2008 Selena rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
I am always "currently reading" this. I haven't made a dish I didn't like from here and there is always something that I want to try. Good for weeknight dinners and it is organized by what is in season. Plus, tons of pictures and just a beautiful book in general.
Kasia S.
Apr 15, 2010 Kasia S. rated it it was amazing
I know most women will think, do I really need another cookbook? Well, with this charming edition I would have to say that it's really a pleasure and a worthy investment.

I subscripted to the little fabulous food magazine "Everyday Food" so I felt that I knew most of the recipes, but I was pleasantly surprised with a wonderful melange of useful new dishes I haven't seen before but which were still pretty simple. The real beauty of this book is the easy font, nice photos of each dish - makes picki
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Rachel
Oct 10, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. The summer after my sophomore year in college I got shingles, which is a disease that usually only old people get. Shingles is a recurrence of the chicken pox virus (so anyone who got it as a kid can get it) and happens to you when you are stressed out and your immune system is compromised. I firmly believe that I got shingles from sleeping for several months on a bare mattress and eating only Cheerios and Pepperoni Hot Pockets.

Now you can understand w
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Cat
Feb 28, 2015 Cat rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Another great cookbook from Martha. We don’t use this one as much these days for entrees, just because most of the entrees are meat heavy, but the side dishes are top notch and veggie friendly. The title would indicate that these are super quick recipes, which actually isn’t the case. It’s a bit of a misnomer. Some only take 10 minutes or so, while others are upward of 2 hours. That said - they’re all super tasty (at least the ones I’ve tried). I also love that there’s a section devoted to break ...more
Jennifer Didik
Dec 31, 2011 Jennifer Didik rated it liked it
Shelves: food
obviously i haven't cooked everything in here.

the theme is "great food fast" and yeah, for the most part the recipes had flavor and were fairly quick to whip up. so in that regard, i guess the cookbook delivers.

this is me nit-picking, because i realize i can use these recipes as a jumping off point and replace ingredients i'm not so keen on, but fennel pops up in a lot of recipes. i'm not a fan of fennel. and further to this point, it also seemed like there were too many redundancies. almond-a
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Virginia
Jul 16, 2008 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Okay, I'm not usually a fan of Martha's recipes because they tend to be very unneccesarily labor-intensive (e.g. for chocolate chip cookies: "make your own vanilla extract by boiling madagascar vanilla beans..." - I'm paraphrasing, but not kidding. That recipe actually was in her regular magazine). However, this Everyday Food cookbook has a lot of recipes I intend to use repeatedly. They seem reasonable in preparation and I LOVE that it is organized by the season so you can flip to (for example) ...more
Res
Jun 08, 2007 Res rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I subscribe to the magazine, and mainly checked this out from the library because when I gave my issues away I forgot to copy down some of the recipes.

I've made a lot of these recipes, about 90% of them have been really excellent -- and also easy, quick, and reasonably low in fat if you avoid the cheese-based dishes. The authors have a mysterious attachment to fresh mint, which I find a bizarre addition to most foods, but other than that, I usually applaud their choices.

Another nice touch: ins
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Jami
Apr 15, 2008 Jami rated it really liked it
I love this cookbook! It really deserves 5 stars just for the grilled chocolate sandwiches on page 255, which are so completely divine that my mouth is watering now at the very thought of them. I'm giving the book a rating of 4 stars here only because the prep times listed for each recipe haven't matched up with my experience--the pumpkin enchiladas, for example, took me a good hour longer than I'd expected (granted, I lost the can opener and had two kids to tend to during the process). Overall, ...more
Kristine
Nov 12, 2009 Kristine rated it really liked it
I have been cooking a lot more lately and have come to trust this cookbook as my standby for quick and tasty meals. The recipes are broken down by season, which makes it easy to find something to make with the ingredients I have on hand. They are usually simple to make (under and hour), but very flavorful. Lately I've made chicken enchiladas with pumpkin sauce - a great recipe to use up leftover chicken, and easy spaghetti carbonara. I've never had to spend too much money to make a meal from thi ...more
Amy
Apr 12, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
I love watching this show every week on KBYU/KUED. However, this first cookbook did not match the style of the show at all - in fact, it had Martha Stewart written all over it. I do like Martha, but she has taken a seemingly quiet role as the shows Executive Producer, which made the book a surprise. The new season did just start (it's third), and she is taking a more prominent role by narrating and adding short video clips of herself. You can visit the website to download recipes, but it has als ...more
Sarah
Jun 04, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book has exactly what you'd expect: One page recipes that are (most, about 90%) accompanied by a colour picture, information about how long to make the recipe, using ingredients that are easy to find in your local supermarket.
I liked how the book was split up by season, an emphasis on chicken and fish dishes, and that there is an offering of salads, soups & side dishes per season. Bonuses in the back include picture guides on how to cook rice, risotto, etc. Also includes nutritional inf
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Sarah
Jul 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational-nf
I don't usually list informational nonfiction on Goodreads, but last night's Rum-Glazed Mango Shrimp finally induced me to mention this one:) This is my favorite cookbook, in fact, right after my trusty, beloved Betty Crocker with the red-and-white gingham cover that my mom gave me after I graduted college. The book is divided by season, each containing recipes with a seasonal feel and ingredients, with a color photo of every dish--and it's all delicious, impressive but totally do-able, and simp ...more
Ashley
Nov 27, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This is another of my favorite cookbooks. There is a picture of every single recipe, which I love! Also, it's arranged by season, so you can plan for what's fresh and cheap. Favorites include Cashew Chicken, Carrot Cupcakes, Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan, Lemon-Garlic Lamb Kebabs (I use chicken), Fish Tacos, Baked Ravioli, and Foolproof Hard-Cooked Eggs. It's got a great section of basics in the back (sauces, rubs, dressings, rice, and pasta). Some of the recipes are a little odd, but most are ...more
Judy
Jan 14, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing
I checked this out at the library and liked it so much I bought a copy. Every recipe has been a winner!
Victoria H.
Nov 17, 2012 Victoria H. rated it liked it
Alright, Martha. I followed your recipe for chicken tortilla soup, and it came out way watery. Like pieces of chicken in hot water with some cilantro and avo on top. Gross. My better half, who would say tortilla soup is his #1 favorite dish barely ate his bowl. We threw the leftovers away.

(EDIT
PS, hate her or love her, we made chicken tortilla soup from the Pioneer Woman website and it was glorious. Like, eating-it-and-never-wanting-the-bowl-to-end glorious. Yum! And unlike this cookbook, it w
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Dayna
Sep 12, 2009 Dayna rated it really liked it
Beautiful photos, appetizing recipes, thoughtfully organized by season and then by course ... I really, really like this cookbook! And it has a little bit of everything! I liked that it included the anticipated prep and total cooking time with each recipe. I also like that there are a couple of pages of side dishes - within each seasonal section - that can be served in any combination with almost any of the main dishes. There isn't a plain recipe in there, but the recipes are easy with simple, m ...more
Rebecca Mehok
Nov 07, 2013 Rebecca Mehok rated it it was amazing
This is another great cookbook. The recipes are really fast and easy, and all of them are composed with regular grocery store ingredients. For everything I've tried, the timing is correct as are the serving sizes. This works well when meal planning! All in all, a solid cookbook.

Also, it's arranged by season. So it's easy to turn to Winter and find lots of warm, comforting food or to Summer for crisp, light flavors. Most of the recipes are made with the corresponding seasonal ingredients too, whi
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Missy
Nov 11, 2008 Missy rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I might have to break down and actually buy this one; I keep borrowing it from the library and renewing it until they make me take it back. I'm having great success with the recipes, almost all of them fitting into actual weeknight plans, and the book itself is clean and well laid-out. I go back and forth about dividing the recipes by seasons: sometimes it's a nice organizational structure, but other times it feels like nothing more than a cheap marketing gimmick. (oy, when did I turn into a cra ...more
Kirsti
Feb 06, 2015 Kirsti rated it really liked it
Hmmm . . . I've never made my own barbecue sauce.
Amanda
Aug 10, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Great easy recipes for me ( intermediate cook) who sees more than 5 steps and gets put off by recipes (at least during the work week)
I like how the book is divided into seasons - some experts say you should with the seasons for better health and the environment
Has ingredients that are easily found or sometimes have on hand
The only weird thing is the book has some pics of food however no recipe to go with it - still trying to figure out that one
I got it from the library but might purchase to
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Amber
May 10, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
This is one of my ALL time favorite cookbooks. I started using it after my daughter was born --we needed quick, easy and healthy meals. We've loved everything out of this book and have probably cooked 80% of the items in the 9 months since my daughter's birth! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Every recipe has a picture which is my driving force behind making a home cooked meal.
We cook 6-7 nights at a week at home and rarely have the same meal twice.

I should also mention that I rarely follow a recipe to the
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Amanda
Jun 23, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
The book is laid out by season, highlighting the vegetables that would be freshest. It also contains a "Basics" section which sets out recipes for vinaigrette, herb sauces, a chunky tomato sauce and instructions on boiling the perfect egg, making perfect risotto, white rice, and polenta. Another nice aspect is the nutritional information for each recipe that is included in the back of the book. One bit of advice, as with any recipe, make sure to read these all the way through before starting.
Laurel
Oct 01, 2008 Laurel rated it it was amazing
I checked this out from the library, but now it's on my Christmas wish list. So many fresh, simple recipes. The book is broken down into seasons - spring, summer, winter, fall dishes. I love how there's a gorgeous photo accompanying each recipe. In the back it lists basics for things like whipped cream, roast chicken, hard-boiled eggs, plus nutritional information. I never write reviews, so the fact that I did for this cookbook means it's a keeper!
Jessica
Feb 15, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This cookbook has become one of my go-to sources for recipes for day to day meals, along with the magazine by the same name. I like that it uses normal kitchen ingredients, and every recipe I've tried has been tasty. The time assignments are reliable. It usually takes me about 20% longer to make everything, but I'm pretty slow with prep work, so I just expect a 25 min recipe to take 30 min, and I'm good to go.
Brooke
Feb 29, 2008 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to eat
I know I know. I hate Martha Stewart, but seriously these are great recipes that really onl take the amount of time listed, even if you don't kno what you're doing and they taste so good. I couldn't help myself. Great pictures and great instructions and great food. Besides you're really supporting all the poor people who work for her and not her so that should help you feel a little better about buying it.
Casey
Aug 13, 2009 Casey rated it it was amazing
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Kathryn
Jun 14, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I have to give this 5 stars just because of the amount that I use this book. While I haven't been making recipes from this lately I have pretty much cooked through the entire book over the years. There were a few things that I probably wouldn't make again but the amount of easy home run dishes that I kept going back to time and time again make this book a winner every time.
Anna
Jan 26, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
This is one of the best cookbooks I've ever seen. I love that the food is organized by season, so it is easy to find recipes for what is available at the market. All the recipes can be made in about 30 min, which is great for weekday meals. There is a good variety of fish and vegetarian main dishes. But perhaps the best thing is that there are color pictures for every recipe.
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Martha Stewart is an American business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate. She is also a former stockbroker and fashion model. Over the last two decades Stewart has held a prominent position in the American publishing industry; as the author of several books, hundreds of articles on the domestic arts, editor of a national homekeeping magazine, host for two popular daytime television p ...more
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