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The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet:
Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh

By Paulette Mitchell
ISBN: 1401603556
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication date: October 2008
Format: Hardcover
List price: $24.95 
Type: Quick
Sample recipe: Gingered Carrot Soup
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral supportive comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: Recipes are grouped mostly by protein – poultry, seafood, beef and pork – but there are also substantial chapters on vegetarian dishes and desserts. The book has hundreds of ingredient and cooking tips, and a small chapter of sauces, dressings, spreads, and garnishes that can stand alone or are fundamental to some of the other recipes in the book.

As long as you know that "15-minute" means "quick," that some ingredients need advanced prep work, that multitasking is essential (juggling two or three pans at once), and that you either have to stop at the store on the way home or be incredibly organized, then this is a really good book, with lots of international flair, that you will be able to cook from night after night.


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