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No Recipe? No Problem!: Pull Together Tasty Meals Every Time with Confidence

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Cook anything without a recipe — just let the ingredients lead the way! Author Phyllis Good of Fix-It and Forget-It fame and her circle of friends who love to cook are here to help.  No Recipe? No Problem!  offers tips, tricks, and inspiration for winging it in the kitchen. Each chapter offers practical kitchen and cooking advice, from an overview of essential tools and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is not your typical cookbook! Very original presentation on how to cook without a recipe found in a cookbook!! What?!? Author Phyllis Good is recognized for her famous Fix-It and Forget-It series of cookbooks. I own several and use them all regularly!

In this cookbook, she brings together 14 improvisational cooks known as The Cooking Circle to share their years of experience cooking and meal prepping. I felt like I was sitting at a kitchen table in a farm house speedily writing down all the
Alicia Bayer
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really well done book that teaches you the basic plan for making all kinds of recipes that you can then adapt to what you have. It's well illustrated and there are a whole range of contributors who offer wisdom and recipes. Chapters include things like soups, salads, vegetables, big proteins, pastas and grains, eggs, pizza and sheet pan meals. There is not information on baking, although the same principles can easily be adapted for baking (our kids' favorite snack is mix and match qui ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2020
I haven't reviewed a recipe book before, so I felt a bit uncertain requesting this through Netgalley. I decided to go for it anyway because the premise seemed intriguing - in a way, it's the opposite of a recipe book - and I'm very glad I did.

This is a very handy book to just have about and leaf through for inspiration. It's full of useful tips, and I found myself highlighting and bookmarking on almost every page. I think it addresses the core issues with classic recipe books, which are that mos
Leslie M.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This year has found many people who aren't used to cooking doing just that, and possibly with limited supplies, as some food items have been difficult to purchase in stores.

Good teaches the reader techniques and ideas to use different ingredients and combine them without using a specific recipe. It's more of a freestyle form of cooking, which was a bit odd, at first, as I like following recipes. The book allows the reader to focus on what ingredients they have on hand and how much time they wan
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The title of this book caught my attention as I had hoped for a cookery book that would simplify meal times by removing recipes.
Written by Phyllis Good and her cooking circle of 15 friends from across America I feel this is best suited to experienced cooks. The book aims to show the essential cooking techniques for each category: vegetables, protein, pasta, sauces and many more. There are lots of hints and tips as the contributors aim to help the reader discover freestyle cooking.
However this i
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this "cookbook" and it really inspired me to try out things on my own instead of just following a recipe. I like that they pointed out tools for every kitchen and ingredients to have on hand. That is really helpful since I always have a backup dish on hand with those ingredients.

This is definitely one I'll be putting on my wish list to purchase for everyday use.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved reading this cookbook because instead of showing you recipes that you have to continue to come back to, it taught you how to make food that you can remember how to make with or without a recipe. It was beautifully designed, well written, and overall very well done! I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn how to make food by themselves.
Date reviewed (Canada) - October 27, 2020
Date reviewed (UK) - October 26, 2020
... I am bi-country at the moment

When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary dig
Diane Hernandez
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Do you follow recipes religiously? Do you create a weekly menu and then buy all the ingredients to make it? Are you tired of all that work? Then you are ready to read No Recipe? No Problem!

Freestyle cooking is usually used by the non-planners among us. However, everyone can reduce food waste by using perfectly good but unused produce and meat to create a spur of the moment meal. Three questions must be asked:
1. What am I hungry for?
2. What do I have on hand?
3. How much time do I have?

The book h
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I really loved it, there are lots of great tips to get you to try cooking freestyle, and as recipe nut it was such a good way for me to get at ease in the kitchen and really learn to enjoy cooking rather than being so uptight and it being a means to an end. I really love that I can learn to do this and not worry that it's going to be duff!

I love that are a lot of different contributors within this book, I think that really allows the reader who may have little or no cooking skills,
Janet Martin
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a gem. This book doesn't have "recipes," per se, but tons of ideas from a number of good cooks for using what's in your kitchen. Cooking charts, lists of ingredients that go together, instructions for basic techniques, lots of pictures with short, single paragraph instructions to put together salads, stews, soups, stir fries, and so much more. No special recipes for special equipment other than a stove and microwave--you can do everything in this book with a bare bones kitchen. There are no ...more
Tara Weiss
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Just thinking out loud here, but I can't seem to figure out who the audience is for this particular book concept? If the concept of No Recipe? No Problem is to be prepared to wing it in the kitchen, wouldn't a person who just throws things together skip the book altogether? The basis of the book is a "cooking circle" assembled by author, Phyllis Good. This group is a collection of everyday people from diverse backgrounds (high five for that), but they really don't seem to be an authority on the ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great idea—especially as we adjust to what may be called “the new normal”.The current time in which we are living has revealed many issues. One of those issues is there are many people who have little to no cooking skills. Enter this book—a way to do improvisational cooking! I love the author’s idea of using a group known as The Cooking Circle. This group consists of 14 improvisational cooks from different areas of the country who share cooking ideas and stories to help the reader ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, No Recipe, No Problem has to be one of the handiest cookbooks out there, though I suppose it's a non cookbook cookbook.

Since Covid brought with it almost a year of working and schooling from home, canceled soccer and circus practices, canceled pro sports events, yadda yadda, I've had time to cook a lot more at home. I now make bagels, tortillas, naan, and all sorts of bready goodness from scratch, natch. I can pressure cook like a boss. My husband has become a reluctant but relatively ski
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic alternative cookbook!
I like to think that I am pretty experienced in the kitchen and often stray away from recipes and add my own flourishes without fear, but sometimes you can stare in to the fridge as if you're staring in to the abyss!

Some days after work I don't have the wits about me or mental energy to cook something fancy (however much I usually enjoy it). Helpful pantry staple lists and reminders of how you can store some things for a longer life are exactly the sort of
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book intrigued me because while I can cook enough to keep myself alive, I am less than confident in my cooking skills. I've been working on improving my skills and confidence this year (as so many others are), but I'm still in awe of people who can walk into a kitchen, and throw together a great meal with random leftovers and some pantry staples and no recipe. This book made
A. M. Kimber
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
:: Thank you Netgalley for the free book in exchange for an honest review ::

This book makes me want to cook, which is saying something because I don’t really cook. I’m more of a kit-and-follow directions kind of cook, but this is a fun, colorful, easy to read book that makes me want to pull out random things from my fridge and pantry and see what treat I can come up with. The book seems to focus on vegetarian fare, this isn’t to say there wasn’t any meat, there is, it just looked like the major
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great concept! I'm thinking this book will be a tremendous asset to anyone's kitchen/bookshelf, especially to young adults learning to fix food and to any cooking-challenged adults needing to feed themselves. It's especially useful if you want to skip the excessive calories of take-out or fast-food but eat flavorful meals. You can do quick (or complex) at home for a fraction of the cost and the results are healthy and flavorful. No recipes, just great ideas for making meals from what is i ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was around 3.5 stars for me because I like having pictures in cook books to see what the final product should look like and there's not a whole lot of pictures in this book.

That being said there's lots of advice on how to cook without a recipe! With advice on how to start with or modify a recipe as well as "standard" recipes throughout the book it is pretty thorough. From pasta to meat and veggies there's
Sharon Wallace
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Freestyle cooking - I think this is what I’ve been doing subconsciously for years.
Some good ideas here - what do I have on hand, how much time do I have and what am I hungry for?
Substitution of ingredients makes sense as it gives you numerous options with what you have available.
What are the basics you need - good ideas here.on cupboard and fresh items.. Also I tend to overbuy fresh food so am always looking for ideas to use them up.
Highlighting the best way to cook them e.g. roasting,, stir fry
Emily Carter-Dunn
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Phyllis Good, Storey Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely love cooking. Alongside reading, it is one of my favourite hobbies and I have learnt to freestyle a lot over time. However, I often use a recipe to start with and can browse for hours before finding something that really tickles my fancy.

This book cuts all that nonsense out! It provides inspiration in the form of cooking techniques, flavours that work well together and
Chloe Bateman
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Firstly, thank you so much the NetGallery and the publisher for allowing me a copy of this wonderful book! This is not your usual type of cooking book, it is aimed more at those who free-style and like to mix things up. Phyllis doesn't just show you a simple recipe, she teaches you the basics but the basics that you can use time and time again, for example. the coconut curry recipe is beyond easy and I can now mix it up how I like but keeping the key skill to the recipe. The book is very well il ...more
Cozy Book Spot
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! There are lots of tips and informations teaching you how to cook, lot's of freestyle ways to prepare food, what goes well with what, combinations, and recipes. There are lots of photos and the book is colorful and easy to read and follow. It's a great companion and a kitchen must have for everyone that struggles to think about what to make for lunch and dinner everyday. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review ...more
Tove R.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent idea for a book! I immediately wondered what kind of information I would find in this book. I mostly cook without recipes, and I’m always open to new ideas. That’s what I was mostly looking in this book. It was nice to see that so many people have contributed with their own tips and ways of cooking.

I fully agree with the basic you should have at home, like beans, grains, herbs, and vinegar. Well, many more than that, but you get the idea. Pick the things you like, and keep what you
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I've been cooking for years, I am one that uses recipes as guides for making dishes. Anything 'new' is pulling from recipes and then changing it up based on what I think will work.

No Recipe? No Problem! takes it a step further. They talk about different ingredients and ways you can cook things. Then you apply it to what is in your kitchen.

I'm now feeling a bit more adventurous in the kitchen.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It read a like you are having a conversation with the author and contributors. It also compares cooking to jazz. I have always said baking is science and cooking is art and this book really shows that. Great if you are an established cook and want to try something new or look at things in a new way, or great to help new cooks gain confidence in the kitchen!
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have been using this book to help with my teenagers cooking. They were obsessed with following a recipe to the 'nth degree and this helped them have the confidence to experiment.

I was given an advance copy by the publishers and netgalley but the review is entirely my own.
Melanie Hodges
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m not quite sure what I expected with this, but found some really useful tips for making decent family meals we will all enjoy. All in all, if you enjoy cooking, especially if you like adapting recipes or just finding new dishes to try this will give you a good base to work from.
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