Fresh Food Fast: Delicious, Seasonal Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour

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Fresh Food Fast: Delicious, Seasonal Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour

From award-winning chef Peter Berley: mouthwatering seasonal vegetarian menus that can be created in under an hour Sophisticated, home-cooked vegetarian meals without the fuss. Is that too much to ask? Absolutely not. True to his roots as a restaurant chef, cooking teacher, and family man, award-winning vegetarian chef Peter Berley has a passion for meals that taste incredible, salute the seasons, and are easy to prepare in under an hour. In Fresh Food Fast, he provides forty-eight meals — twel

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  1. Mooner says:
    48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazingly simple & elegant!, June 23, 2004
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    Mooner (NYC) –

    This review is from: Fresh Food Fast: Delicious, Seasonal Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour (Hardcover)

    I received this book as a gift and immediately put it to use for father’s day. I made the cold avocado w/ lime and jalapeño soup to start and seared tofu w/ black beans & mango salsa as the main dish. They were really both fantastic, and even my extremely carnivorous father was pleased! The meals are very quick and yet are slick and sophisticated. The book itself is gorgeous, and Peter Berley did a very interesting thing with the organization, where it is organized seasonally into menus. Whats so nice about this is that it makes making an entire meal even easier because you are given the ingredient list for everything (in addition to individual recipes), and a “game plan” for what to do and in what order. Fabulous book!

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  2. reenybeeny "rb" says:
    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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    Delicious, convenient and fun!, November 2, 2005
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    reenybeeny “rb” (Boston Area) –

    This review is from: Fresh Food Fast: Delicious, Seasonal Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour (Hardcover)

    I love this cookbook! I’m a pretty good cook who likes to make good food…but does NOT have hours to do it. Berley explains that although he is a professional chef, when he cooks at home, he takes the express route–and that’s what these recipes are.

    As mentioned in other reviews, the cookbook is organized by seasons. Within each season are 12 menus of two dishes that can be made within an hour. (Desserts are included at the end of each section.) Plus each menu includes a shopping list and a “game plan” with a suggested order of cooking. I have most of the ingredients (eg onions, oil, basic spices) in my kitchen already, and it doesn’t take too long to make a brief stop at the market and pick up the 5-8 ingredients I don’t have. Plus cooking the menu itself doesn’t take longer than an hour. Since these menus are for 4 and I’m cooking for 2, these recipes usually provide at least one more meal.

    The other thing I like about this cookbook is that, because I “trust” the recipes and have found a number of them to be very good, it has encouraged me to try ingredients I don’t use too often–such as delicata squash, masa harina, or quinoa.

    Important note: it would be easier to use this cookbook if you have access to a grocery store with a variety of items, such as the ones I mentioned above. If you don’t have these ingredients nearby, you may have to get creative about getting them, or make substitutions.

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  3. Annonymous "Globe Trotter" says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Cookbook I’ve purchased in recent history, February 4, 2009
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    Annonymous “Globe Trotter” (Connecticut USA) –

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    This review is from: Fresh Food Fast: Delicious, Seasonal Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour (Hardcover)

    Wow. This is the greatest cookbook I’ve purchased in a long time. The book is beautiful to start, gorgeous photos, pleasant layout and high quality paper and binding.

    The book is designed in four sections, one for each season. Each season has 12 “menus”, each menu containing 2-3 recipes for dishes that go well together. Each season also has it’s very own dessert section as well.

    A great feature of the book is that every menu starts with a shopping list (divided by food category) and a game plan. The game plan helps you organize what order you cook the 2-3 recipes in so that everything is ready at the same time.

    As if that isn’t enough, the recipes are varied and interesting. They are also relatively simple. So far I’ve made the Balsamic Roasted Seitan with Cipollini Onions with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips and a crunchy cabbage salad (winter menu #4), Tomato and Goat Cheese Strata with Broccoli Rabe with balsamic brown butter (winter menu #10) and Caramelized bananas with blood orange and pistachio (winter dessert #3). They were ALL delicious and fairly served 4 people as they stated.

    It’s worth pointing out that even though this is a vegetarian cookbook I am not a vegetarian. I was just looking for interesting ways to cook vegetables that are in season. The meat substitutes were delicious and some of my other carnivore friends also commented that they were suprised.

    I’m delighted with this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.

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