Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Review: Perfect ONE-DISH Dinners by Pam Anderson

Title: Perfect ONE-DISH Dinners
Author: Pam Anderson
Genre: Cookbook
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 20 September 2010


In Perfect One-Dish Dinners, the New York Times best-selling author Pam Anderson shares her secret for having people over without breaking stride: Make just one dish. Instead of a parade of offerings, she focuses attention on a single main course—a rustic tart, paella,grilled platter, or homey stew. Perfect One-Dish Dinners showcases about forty such meals, perfect for every season and occasion, all designed to wow guests, calm the cook, and relieve the dishwasher at the end of the night.
Stews for All Seasons
Worldly Casseroles
Roasting Pan Complete 
Big Summer Salads and Grilled Platters
But that’s not all. If the cook wants to make something extra, Pam provides a compatible appetizer, salad, and dessert for every one dish. And as a special bonus, she throws in “nearly instant” alternatives for each—more than 200 mixable, matchable recipes. Whether for a book group, church get together, birthday party, or family supper, Perfect One-Dish Dinners makes easy, shareable meals perfectly doable.  

My thoughts: 

What beautiful photos this cookbook has!  They are sparklingly clear - almost edible. I love that in a cookbook - I want to see what the finished dish will look like.  I have been swayed by a picture more than once when the ingredients have not jumped out at me.  The recipes are mostly simple and are written in a clear, straightforward way.  There are no strange ingredients that you will have to go in search of.  I just loved how Ms Anderson gives you options to vary the recipe and also suggestions for desserts or appetizers to go with the main dish.  That is a real help in my home.

I received this book for review from the publisher.  The opinions expressed are my own and I wasn't influenced in any way.

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  1. One dish sounds like my kind of cooking. I hate doing

  2. That is why I have a dishwasher! :)


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