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Do gourmet the Martha way with an indispensable collection of familiar and healthy recipes reworked in innovative ways. Culled from America's favorite food Magazine, Everyday Food, each recipe is presented in the magazine's signature style with color photographs on every spread.
If you are a fan of Everyday Food magazine (and you should be), you will be wowed by Great Food Fast, a gorgeous full-color cookbook filled to bursting with recipes for fresh, flavorful food that is easy to prepare. Organized by season, Great Food Fast features simple recipes for year-round cooking, including no-cook pasta sauces, main-course soups, one-dish meals, and more. --Daphne Durham
Great Food Fast Recipe PreviewPan-fried Shrimp with Green Curry Cashew Sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
You can purchase bottled Thai green curry sauce in most supermarkets, but this recipe proves how quick and easy it is to make your own. Refrigerate any leftover sauce, covered, for up to 3 days.
1 slice (1/4 inch thick) peeled fresh ginger
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons roasted unsalted cashews
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon curry powder
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 In a food processor, pulse the ginger until finely chopped. Add the 3/4 cup cashews; process until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
2 Add the yogurt, cilantro, sugar, and curry powder; season with salt. Process until incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with the remaining cashews.
3 Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the shrimp; cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining tablespoon oil and remaining shrimp. Serve the shrimp with the sauce.
- Great pictures, good recipes
I too love Everyday Food magazine and was very excited when this book came in the mail. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are clearly written and easy to follow. Breaking the recipes into seasons is a good idea in theory, but I don't think it is as helpful as the layout of the magazine which groups recipes based on common ingredients (don't know what to do with the rest of your buttermilk? no worries! here are chicken, cake and cookie recipes that will help you finish it off). This is a great book and I use it way more than most cookbooks I own, but it would have been that much better if the authors grouped by primary ingredient. ...more info
Now, this is no exaggeration... I tried 1 of the recipes a few days ago (pg. 74 - linguine and turkey sausage), took a taste and had an instant smile on my face that I couldn't get rid of. I couldn't believe what I had cooked and how great it tasted! Prior to this book, my recipe scope was so limited and I was growing tired of the same ol', same old. I love that the recipes are not complicated. You read the recipe and you think you know what the dish is going to taste like. Then "POW", your taste buds are awakened! It's always that unexpected ingredient or that extra step that makes the difference with the dishes. Plus, you use everyday ingredients. I never have to run out to the store to buy some far-fetched ingredient that I'll never use again. A lot of the recipes call for the same stuff. I love this book! I'd recommend it to anyone, any day....more info
- My New Favorite Cookbook
I bought this cookbook in early 2007 on a recommendation from my local Williams-Sonoma store. What a hit this is!
I follow the seasons and this book is ideal. My husband is starting to get tired of the Greek Salad! This is a great way to take advantage of the local seasonal favorites while helping with reducing global warming! When I do my meal planning for the week, I pull this book out first. I've already done more than a dozen summer recipes and they all are fabulous.
The nutritional information in the back of the book is great to help me balance low cal meals with more fun meals throughout the week.
I gave it to my sister for her new condo in Florida and know it will be perfect!...more info
- Best Recipe Book I've Ever Owned
This is the best recipe book I've ever owned, which may not say much. I have Betty Crocker's books and several cookbooks I've received as gifts. This is the first one I bought because I thought it was worth the small fee. By chance I checked this book out at my local library and cooked five different meals with it prior to buying it from Amazon. I have two kids (6 and 11) and wife who have very discerning and different tastes. But all five meals were winners with this book! Since buying the book, I have tried six other recipes with great success and ease. The recipes call for simple ingredients that I already had or ones that I can easily buy or substitute. If you are unsure, get a copy from your local library, try it, and I am sure you will be buying it. Good luck!...more info
- Martha Delivers
I have had this book for a while now, and every time I am in a bind and need to whip up something fast that I KNOW will taste great, I reach for this. These recipes are not for food snobs, they use everyday ingredients and are generally not too fancy. But I appreciate recipes sometimes that aren't too fussy. I LOVE the beautiful pictures that accompany every recipe. These recipes are easy to modify to be lower in fat, adjusted to suit your tastes, etc.
And my favorite recipes are... Favorite Turkey Burgers, Chicken Parmigiana, Cobb Salads, Molten Chocolate Cakes (super easy and great for last minute guests, impressive!), and various salad dressings. There are sooo many more that I am planning on making though. Hmmm... maybe tonight! This book can make a beginner look good and a seasoned cook can get new ideas. The recipes for sides are fabulous also. Great How-to and basic recipes in the back.
This book prompted me to subscribe to the magazine and get my sister the gift subscription. She loves the mag so I am planning on buying this for her and also my cousin who is getting married soon....more info
I love this book!! Great variety... quick recipes... organized by season so you are using the best of the best...
Perfect for the working cook who comes home and sits wondering "hmm... what should i make..."
I also love how these recipes are so easy to build on...
Create your own varaiations on her recipies.. get inspired!
I love it! ...more info
- The Martha Stewart Touch on Back-to-Basics Dishes in a Superb Cookbook
Truth be told, I really don't care much for the PBS series upon which this Martha Stewart Living cookbook is based, as a cast of robotic, interchangeable hosts push through a battery of recipes in a shared kitchen set-up. However, this 250-recipe cookbook focuses specifically on the often appetizing dishes they produce and the comparatively easy-to-follow recipes necessary to create them. As a result, it's a winner. Though not as definitive as The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, this one is fast becoming the one I use the most for fast dishes with a healthy orientation along with Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life.
The first thing you notice is the first-class graphic quality commensurate with Martha Stewart's premium brand. Each recipe has a full-color photo of the meticulously presented dish and the general prep time which is rarely more than thirty minutes. But unlike Rachael Ray's belligerent mantra, it's only the prep time which follows that parameter as total cooking for some of the recipes can take well over an hour. The benefit is a more interesting variety of dishes than Ray could possibly make. I have to admit my favorite section is toward the end, the twenty pages that make up the Basics section (pages 345-363) - quick recipes for vinaigrettes, dry rubs, herb sauces and beginner's chicken, as well as the proven fool-proof techniques for perfect pasta, tomato sauce, polenta, risotto, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Among the main recipes divided rather arbitrarily into the four seasons, my favorites have been the simplest to make - the Garlic-Roasted Chicken Breasts (page 275), Thai-Style Steak Salad (page 50), Roasted Salmon with Lentils (page 228), many of the quick seasonal side dishes. For dessert, I have made the Strawberry Shortcakes and Lemon Custard Cakes to great acclaim. I have even been able to make great egg salad sandwiches by following their procedure for boiling eggs, far different from the years-ago information from my mother. My complaints with the book are relatively minor - a heavy reliance on heavy cream in some recipes where skim milk would likely be fine; nutritional information is relegated to an index rather than presented with the recipe; my preference for a ring-bound binder rather than a clothbound book for easier shopping and cooking. Otherwise, this is a great addition to any kitchen library....more info
- Great Cook Book
This is a great cook book. I have been looking for a cook book with color photos for every recipe. The recipes are easy and delicious....more info
- LOVE IT!!!!!
I love this cook book!!!
I have been a subscriber to Everyday Food since it's conception and have been wonderfully impressed with the recipes. Both easy and delicious make the recipes a "go to" solution to my chaotic life! When I stumbled upon this cookbook I was thrilled! I ordered it right away and then sat down to read it (yes, I sit down and read cookbooks like a good novel) and tagged recipes (out of 250 recipes I tagged over 200) that interested me minutes after UPS dropped it off.
I am a cookbook fanatic (owning over 150 cookbooks) and an intense foodie. That being said, however, I am a mother of 2 young boys and getting dinner on the table quickly during the week is a priority. I consider 30 minutes prep. time the outside limit.
This cookbook quickly rose to my #2 spot (behind the publications by Cuisine at Home) for everyday recipe ideas. The recipes are quick, most 30 minutes or less, healthful, easy, and delicious. I question some reviews saying the recipes were fussy and fancy. Another plus, which I love in a cookbook, were the full page, full color pictures for each recipe. Those pictures made me hungry just looking at them!! The layout is wonderful with the recipes organized seasonally.
Really, I cannot say enough about this cookbook. I would certainly recommend it without reservation to anyone. Quick, easy, healthful, and delicious....what more could anyone ask for?...more info
- Great Book
This book has easy to follow recipes. The food is great. I just don't like that's separated into seasons and not food categories....more info
- Well worth it!
I have bookmarked over half of the book, but in all actuality I would make any one of the recipes in this book. Everything looks amazing, and having tried many already, it was worth the money! Martha Stewart knows how to cook good food, and with out a lot of work in the kitchen!...more info
- LOVE LOVE LOVE IT
Love it, what a great and easy cookbook. every recipe is something that a whole family will love from husbands to kids. and i can not say enough about how easy they are to make. which is so important for a mom like me! i recommend this for an experienced cook or a beginner cook. LOVE IT!...more info
- Absolutely wonderful!
This cookbook is divine. I look forward to giving it as a gift. The pictures are beautifully done. The recipes are easy.
- Every recipe I've tried is amazing!
This book has great photos - super beautiful. It is very useful and I've made many of the meals and sides in this book - every single one of them have been a huge hit! It is modern and fresh in it's approach to food. Also simple and fast. What more could a busy mom ask for?...more info
- very good cook book
This is a very attractive and practical cook book. The recipes are relatively quick and not difficult, with attractive and appealing photographs....more info
- the cooking book is great!!!!!!!
you did deliver fast and the condition is perfect it has great recipes I will enjoy cooking with this book thanks....more info
- Terrific Cookbook for Busy People
My daughter received this cookbook as a gift from a friend. Both my daughters and I were so impressed by the quick and easy recipes that actually taste good and liked by the entire family! I enjoyed it so much, I gave a copy to one of my friends....more info
- Fantastic Cook book
For lovers of cooking and NOT, the directions are easy to follow for quick and tasty meals, not to mention healthy too! Push your other cook books aside....more info
- Great cookbook for easy tasty dishes!
This cookbook is great for both beginning and seasoned cooks. Easy to prepare dishes that look and taste like they took hours! I have not found a bad recipe in the book yet!...more info
- Great quick recipes that don't taste quick
Lots of great quick recipes. Most of them take around 30 minutes. The recipes are also categorized by season to respond to which foods are more readily available....more info
- I love this cookbook
this book is fantastic. I use it at least 2 or 3 times a week. The recipes are full of flavour and usually include ingredients that I already have in my pantry or fridge. I like how the recipes are divided into seasons and they really do go well with the time of year they are "assigned" to. The only tiny complaint I have is that the nutrional value is listed at the back of the book instead of with the recipe. ...more info
- Great cookbook, even for someone on a gluten free diet
After picking up a few issues of Everyday Food at the store and loving them, I came across this cookbook. Not only is there a photo of EVERY recipe in the book, it's also just a well-designed, beautiful book all around. I'll be honest, it's hard for me to motivate myself to make something if I can't see a photo of it. Cookbooks without photos have always annoyed me. But I have a feeling that's because I'm a photographer myself.
Oh yeah, and in addition to the lovely photos, the recipes are great. I bought this shortly after I was diagnosed with celiac disease and had to begin a gluten free diet. While there are obviously dessert and pasta recipes in the book that do contain flour, I still find myself using the cookbook enough to make it worthwhile. It contains lots of fairly simple recipes, made with fresh, whole foods. And is also arranged by season, which is helpful.
I love the soup recipes in this cookbook. While there aren't a ton of vegetarian or vegan recipes included, my vegetarian friend and I made quite a few of these soups last winter and loved them. We just used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can anyone else recommend some other equally great cookbooks, that also include photos of EVERY recipe? ...more info
- Can't go wrong
If you're a fan of the magazine, you have to buy this book. Many of the meals are simplified versions of longer, harder-to-make recipes, but the results are just as delicious, and you can always "make them your own". Recipes consist of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry; if you do have to purchase an ingredient, it's generally one you'll be able to use again (instead of it hiding in the back of your refrigerator, causing you to find it well past its expiration date). Perfect for beginners or for someone who is always looking for an addition to their cookbook shelf....more info
- Great book!
I'm am a complete cooking novice, I've set the oven on fire numerous times, but this book helps me make great meals in like 30 min. The recipes are simple,easy and turn out great. The instructions in this book are step by step and the pictures are beautiful. Would recommend to anyone who thinks they have no time to cook good food....more info
- Everday food...
Nice food magazine with recipes that don't strain the budget and are easy to make. Great articles with lots of cooking tips....more info
- lovely pictures, but not 'fast'
I like many of the dishes. The photos are wonderful, very inspiring.
My petpeeve is that it says 'fast' in the title, but some of the dishes take 45 minutes to produce. 45 minutes is not fast when you come home from work and need to throw something together! Also, this book is organized by the 4 seasons, which is creative. But, I personally like the traditional categorization better, having all the meat dishes in one section, and so on......more info
- As the title says...great food fast!
I love this cookbook - it has tons of great, simple recipes that use ingredients I generally have on hand. This book helped take the stress out of making weekday dinners quickly after work. I'd also recommend the Cookie book and the magazine Everyday Food...all are great!...more info
- Thanks Martha!
Possibly the best cookbook I have ever bought, it has a recipe for every season and occasion. All very easy to prepare and full of flavor....more info
- So Good!!
When, I got this cookbook, I thought I just might throw out all of my other cookbooks! The pictures are wonderful - and my food looks just like it! I love making such beautiful and delicious recipes for my family - with so many interesting, fresh healthy ingredients. The recipes are elegant but not complicated. I have converted all the recipes to WeightWatchers POINTS - and there are many low point options in here. The food incorporates a lot of fresh ingredients and a lot of interesting ways to make vegetables. There are also great salads in it. My family is REALLY happy! Thanks, Martha!...more info
- Rcipes are good but ...
I don't love the organization. It is set up with recipes listed by season, Spring, SUmmer, Fall and Winter. I'd rather have them listed by meal course and main ingredient such as poultry, beef, lamb, etc. This set up makes it hard to find and flip easily through my options when planning a week of meals....more info
- Most delicious, practical and easy recipes ever!
This is the best cookbook I own! Every time I flip through the pages I am inspired. The gorgeous photos help me get excited to plan the weekly menu whenever it starts to seem like a dull task. I love try new recipes, and often repeat our favorites (mine top favroite is Coconut Shrimp Soup -- YUM!). And sorting them by season? Genius. Here in the Pacific Northwest it is still spring, but looking through the Summer pages in this book get me so excited for dry, warm weather and grilling and fresh produce and fresh flavors. Its very inspiring. I can also look in the back index to find recipes by main ingredient.
I am a subscriber to Everyday Food Magazine, but only for the last few years, so this book is a great asset to my ever-growing collection of magazines -- it has previous magazine's recipes that I don't own! At least from what I can tell. Either way, fantastic. I registered for a few great cookbooks for our wedding, and got this one as a gift that we hadn't registered for.... and I love it the most of all! I definitely use it the most.
I learned to cook from my mom growing up, but Martha is who keeps me learning and growing and branching out in a practical way that isn't intimidating. Her recipes in this book are doable, affordable, and relatively quick. I work 8 - 5 and I make these recipes every night. High recommended by me... and all the family and friends that ever dine at my house :) Gotta give some of my bragging rights to Martha!
- Great Food Fast
A really practical, great cookbook. I tried several recipes already. They all appear to have been well tested because they have all been successful and delicious. I have many cookbooks and use this one the most....more info
- Super Recipes
Super recipes - simple, fast - pulled me out of a pinch on more than one occasion....more info
- Great cookbook!
Every recipe I have tried from this cookbook I would make again! The recipes are quick, easy, and use ordinary ingredients that create delicious meals. I love that there is a photograph for every recipe, nutritional information for every recipe, and even some basic "how-to" cooking tips. I shared some of the recipes I tried with friends - they enjoyed them so much they bought the book for themselves and have loved everything they have tried. It's a great cookbook for new cooks or gourmet cooks! ...more info
- Excellent Reference
We will be using this book for dinners often. I recognize a few recipes from the magazine - but most were new to me. They are all explained well, they each have photos and they do not appear to be too complicated to make. ...more info
- My weekday cooking bible
I've probably cooked about half of the recipes in this book as well as being a subscriber to the magazine. Aside from my COOKs Illustrated books, I could throw all the other cook books out. The recipes are easy to make and flavorful. My husband and I have this book on heavy rotation for week night dinners when there isn't much time. I only wish they offered a LIGHT version of some of the recipes... the nutritional value on some of our faves have sky-high caloric content but boy are they yummy!...more info
- Great cookbook
This is a great cookbook. I like it because it has easy to make and quick recipes plus the incredients are mostly fresh (most "quick" cookbooks call for canned incredients but this one typically doesn't). The recipes have healthy incredients too....more info
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