Staff Picks Genre Study – Quick and Easy Cooking

Thursday, June 29, 2023

With the introduction of the TV dinner in 1954 and the popularization of the microwave oven in American households twenty years later, the terms “quick” and “easy” are as much a part of the American diet as hamburgers and hotdogs. Even when something comes out of the traditional oven rather than the microwave, it is often a premade casserole prepared by the industrious Mrs. Stouffer. Whether the motivation is saving time in meal preparation, limiting how many pots and pans get used (and need to be cleaned afterward), shopping in a minimalist way so a majority of meals can come from a handful of frequently used ingredients, or keeping portion size low for a single person or childless household; the quick and easy meals offered in these great titles perfectly fit the more compact and efficient needs of 21st century food preparation. Though Mrs. Stouffer is always good in a pinch, the meals in these titles will give the convenience necessary for modern living while allowing for a healthier and probably a tastier option than the average microwave or prepackaged meal in the grocery store aisle.

Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch-Oven Cooking by Elizabeth Yarnell

Elizabeth Yarnell developed her revolutionary infusion-cooking method to avoid often mushy slow-cooker results and to make cooking and cleaning up after dinner a breeze. Now anyone with too many tasks and not enough time can use her technique to get dinner on the table in an hour or less, with no more than twenty minutes of hands-on prep work--and just one pot to clean. All it takes is a Dutch oven and a few basic fresh or even frozen ingredients layered--never stirred. Glorious One-Pot Meals provides the most convenient method yet of serving highly nutritious, satisfying suppers every night of the week.

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You:  More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart or 1.5 Litre Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

If you have a small family or are looking for better-portioned vegan meals (that don't force you to eat chili for a week straight!), Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You is the perfect resource for you. Featuring recipes geared specifically for use with a 1.5- to 2-quart slow cooker, you'll find endless meal ideas that you can make with minimal effort and maximum taste. Just prep a few items the night before or morning of, and come home to a hot meal - or even side or dessert - the moment you walk in the door! The little slow cooker is so easy to use that it makes cooking everyday a snap, so you can have a healthy variety of foods at a fraction of the cost of eating out. Inside, you'll find a whole new world of food to fall in love with, from breakfast-y Pumpkin Polenta to comforting White Bean Quinoa Gumbo to luscious Blueberry Lemon Cake. You'll be amazed at what your little slow cooker can do!

Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals: 100 Simple & Delicious Low-Carb, Paleo and Primal Recipes for Weight Loss and Better Health by Martina Slajerova

Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals packs 100 high-fat, low-carb keto recipes! Enjoy quick, tasty dinners as you get healthy, lose weight, and control your blood sugar. Slow cooker and one-pot meals are the ultimate convenience food. Just fix it and forget it, then enjoy a nourishing meal when everyone gets home. Unfortunately, most slow cooker and one-pot recipes depend on processed, high-carbohydrate ingredients like noodles, potatoes, and other high-glycemic ingredients which aren't allowed on the ketogenic diet. Now you can combine the convenience of slow cooker and one pot recipes with your ketogenic lifestyle!

The Complete One Pot:  400 Meals:  Skillet, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, Dutch Oven & More by America’s Test Kitchen

The only one-pot cookbook you'll ever need! Simplify dinner and eat well with hundreds of meals that take full advantage of your favorite pans. From sheet-pan suppers to no-boil pastas, millions of home cooks want the ease of hands-off meals made using a single vessel. These flavorful recipes represent years of the test kitchen's best strategies for successful single-pan cooking, from staggering cooking times so everything finishes at once to developing an arsenal of no-cook sauces and sides.

Six Ingredients or Less:  Cooking Light & Healthy by Carlean Johnson

A real-life approach to everyday eating. Over 200 recipes that are easily adapted to our busy lifestyles. Home cooking without the fuss--using only six ingredients or less in each recipe. Learn to count fat grams, eat in moderation and continue to enjoy the foods you love. Consistent with American Heart Association guidelines.

Hungry Girl Simply 6:  All-Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less by Lisa Lillien

A collection of recipes with six ingredients or less for meals, snacks, and desserts includes vegetarian and gluten-free recipes.





The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients or Less by Brandi Doming

Five years ago, popular blogger Brandi Doming of The Vegan 8 became a vegan, overhauling the way she and her family ate after a health diagnosis for her husband. The effects have been life-changing. Her recipes rely on refreshingly short ingredient lists that are ideal for anyone new to plant-based cooking or seeking simplified, wholesome, family-friendly options for weeknight dinners. All of the recipes are dairy-free and most are oil-free, gluten-free, and nut-free (if not, Brandi offers suitable alternatives), and ideally tailored to meet the needs of an array of health conditions. Each of the 100 recipes uses just 8 or fewer ingredients (not including salt, pepper, or water) to create satisfying, comforting meals from breakfast to dessert that your family, even the non-vegans, will love.

Everyday Food:  Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

A collection of dishes that can be prepared with fresh ingredients in thirty minutes or less, including main dish salads, vegetable risottos, no-cook pasta sauces, grilled kabobs, and roasts.




The 30-Minute Low-Cholesterol Cookbook:  125 Satisfying Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle by Karen L. Swanson

The 30-Minute Low Cholesterol Cookbook replaces bland meals with more than a hundred easy-to-make recipes for savory and sumptuous dishes that complement a low-cholesterol lifestyle. Want some help getting started with your cholesterol conscious journey? This cookbook has all the health support you need to make informed decisions about what you eat, plus plenty of helpful tips for making the transition as smooth as possible. The 30-Minute Low Cholesterol Cookbook includes: Quick, great tasting meals Discover how simple healthy eating can be with a collection of yummy dishes that all take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Hungry Girl Fast & Easy:  All-Natural Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Lisa Lillien

The next cookbook from the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Hungry Girl brand! Lisa Lillien is back with her fastest and easiest recipes ever, each one is ready in 30 minutes or less! With full-color photos of every recipe, this book consists of quick and simple meals and snacks made with everyday ingredients.

Gordon Ramsay Quick and Delicious:  100 Recipes to Cook in 30 Minutes or Less by Gordon Ramsay

Create chef-quality food without spending hours in the kitchen. With unlimited access to recipes, why does anyone need another cookbook? Because not all recipes are born equal. Not all of them have been created by a global superstar chef who has built his reputation on delivering the very best food - whether that's the ultimate fine dining experience at his 3 Michelin-star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay or the perfectly crafted burger from his Las Vegas burger joint.

Cooking at Home or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (and Love My Microwave) by David Chang

The globally renowned chef of Momofuku, star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious, and bestselling author of Eat a Peach now shares the kitchen hacks and culinary tricks he uses as a new home cook for a growing family--and shows the rest of us how to make the most of our cooking skills. Being a chef can make you the absolute worst kind of home cook. Either you're too fussy when dinner just needs to be on the table (without an hour of dishes to do afterwards), or, like Momofuku chef David Chang, you just never cook at home--your apartment is a place to sleep. But now, with a young family to feed, David finds himself having to retrain every instinct in his kitchen. With a decidedly non-restaurant pantry and no-frills equipment, he now has the same goals as every other mortal home cook: to make something as delicious as possible, in the least amount of time possible, with as little mess as possible.

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