Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook

This is the first of five days of reviews of terrific cookbooks on Recipes That Worked, beginning today and running to Friday, Dec. 3.

The Fast Easy Fresh section of Bon Appetit is my favorite part of the magazine.
   Every month, I flip to the section first, eager to find the recipes that the Bon Appetit test kitchen has created to deliver quick and easy meals.
   I’ve found some of the most reliable recipes in the Fast Easy Fresh section – ones I turn to again and again because they are delicious and easy to make.
   The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook is a collection of 1,100 recipes that have appeared in the magazine.
   I love having this handy book nearby, because I can pick a seasonal ingredient I have on hand, look in the cookbook’s index and find a great recipe to match.
   With 1,100 recipes and over 750 pages, there is surely a recipe that will match an ingredient that you have on hand, too.
   There are sections for chilis, stews and soups; salads; sandwiches, burgers and pizza; pasta and rice; chicken and poultry; salmon and fish; shrimp and shellfish; beef, pork and lamb; potatoes, grains and beans; vegetables; breakfast and brunch; quick breads; frozen desserts; cookies, brownies, pies, tarts and easy cakes; custards, puddings and fruit desserts and drinks.
   Several of my fave Bon Appetit recipes are in the book, including Grilled Peaches with Pecorino and Proscuitto; Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds and Blueberries; Goat Cheese and Asparagus Pizza; Chicken with Asiago, Proscuitto and Sage; Grilled Steak with Fresh Garden Herbs; Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Chutney; Pork Medallions with Chili-Maple Sauce; Zucchini, Red Onion and Two-Cheese Flatbread; Summer Melon with Basil-Mint Granita; Root Beer Granita Float; Mom’s Blender Chocolate Mousse with Lemon Cream and Rum Punch with Passion Fruit and Lime.
   And there dozens more I have my eye on to try. These include:
- Winter Salad with Hoisin Vinaigrette
- Zucchini and Tomato Salad with Garlic-Chili Dressing
- Green Apple and Celery Salad with Walnuts and Mustard Vinaigrette
- Warm Spinach, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Salad
- Sweet-and-Sour Cucumbers with Fresh Dill
- Turkey and Fresh Tarragon Cheeseburgers
- Flank Steak Salad with Roasted Shallots and Goat Cheese
- Soft Tacos with Sausage and Feta
- Mocha Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Pecans
- Sorbets: Ginger-Pear; Raspberry-Plum; Chocolate-Orange and Blackberry
- Chocolate-Cinnamon Gelato with Toffee Bits
- Butter Pecan Ice Cream Pie with Caramel Topping
- Peachy Mimosa Punch
- Vodka-Lime Cooler
- Pomegranate Mojito
- Fresh Mint and Ginger Lemonade
- Caramel-Swirl Hot Chocolate

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