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cookbook rec for good cook w/o much time--weeknight dinners

smokey | Dec 16, 200510:11 AM

Yeah, sorry for the another cookbook request thread. This is actually for me, not as a gift. The thread below about looking for a rec for a novice cook made me think of what I perceive as a hole in my current collection.

Weeknight suppers are just so hard to put together. I work FT, have a 2.5 yo child and a dog who needs his walk when I get home. I never have much time to put dinner together (read here, 30 min or so). I'm a fish eater, but no beef, chicken, pork, offal, rabbit, etc. When possible, I do try to prep stuff the night before, cook a lot on weekends and freeze, blah, blah, blah--so please don't recommend those strategies to this problem!

I'm looking for a recommendation for a cookbook with good tasting recipes that can be prepared quickly but aren't designed for people who have no skill or don't like to cook. I have Deborah Madison's recent cookbook (Weeknight Suppers? something like that) and all I can say is that she's a faster cook than me or she's got more time! Jack Bishop's a Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen is a mix of some winners and some dogs, but I'll grant him--most of the recipes don't take too much time.

Any ideas? Candy suggested Mark Bittman's Simple to Spectacular in the below thread, and that might be good. I know people love Bittman's "how to prepare everything". Maybe I've just never cooked the right stuff by him, but somehow, I'm always underwhelmed by his recipes.

Cookbook recs greatly appreciated!

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