"Two hundred recipes perfect for dinner when you have a little time but not all day to cook. For meals that are meant for sharing with friends and family but created with busy cooks in mind, Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home is a new classic that cooks of all levels will depend on. Whether you're making a Sunday supper or hosting a casual get-together, Martha Stewart has put together 52 diverse menus that make the most of each season's flavors and the various ways we like to cook as the weather changes. The menus featuring starters, main courses, side dishes, and desserts are cleverly designed with a simple preparation schedule that enables you to plan and cook dinner so that it is on the table in about an hour. Using easy-to-find ingredients from the grocery store or farmers' market (and Martha's helpful tips and shortcut techniques), each meal is fresh and inspiring without demanding too much effort. Examples include- Watercress-Cauliflower Soup, Roasted Pork with Sage and Garlic, Braised Fennel and White Beans, Pears with Candied Walnuts and Gorgonzola Asparagus-Parmesan Tart, Shrimp in Saffron Broth, Couscous with Golden Raisins, Apricot-Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches
"The Martha Stewart name is literally gold for booksellers and librarians alike, almost guaranteeing that a steady stream of books (sold or borrowed) will walk out the door. Yet the elegant recipes and combinations, her informative sidebars and text, and the mouth-watering design and layout overshadow a very simple issue: sometimes her recipes are too complicated. Here's one example from her latest cookbook: mustard-herb butter (also known as a compound butter) that accompanies roast salmon and potatoes, haricots verts, and lemon mousse. The first step stir butter and mustard together in a small bowl 'til smooth is misleading; butter at room temperature will need to be mashed and then mixed until it reaches smoothness. And similar complications arise in other of the approximately 200 recipes. Plus, readers who don't live in the vicinity of a major metropolitan area or have access to gourmet/fresh markets will have difficulty finding specific ingredients. It's those types of issues, along with a lack of calorie content and no indication of prep time, that mandate that cooks must absolutely read recipes carefully before trying.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Created with busy cooks in mind, culinary guru Stewart's newest collection offers complete menus that take advantage of seasonal produce. Showcasing 13 menus for each season, Stewart groups recipes into meals, with each including a starter, main course, side dish and dessert. Especially helpful are the preparation schedules that head each menu and provide a to-do list for the entire meal, not just one dish. Sample menus include spring's salad with fresh mozzarella; turkey and pancetta meatballs; pasta with mint pesto and fava beans; and coffee ice cream affogato. As a summer dish, one can create a menu of salmon with creamy leeks, dilled rice salad, sugar snap peas with toasted almonds, and raspberry-mint gelatin cups. For a fall meal, there's warm Swiss chard and bacon dip, braised chicken Marsala, sage polenta, and sauteed pears in honey syrup. Throughout, Stewart provides helpful hints on a variety of topics such as how to make espresso, roast vegetables and make caramel. She also includes a helpful Basics section that covers how-to instructions for stocks, bread crumbs, toasting nuts and more. Gorgeous full-color photos (225 of them) add to the book's appeal. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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