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Thursday Night is Hearty Meat
By: The editors of Women's Day
ISBN: 1933231629
Publisher: Filipacchi Publishing
Publication date: October, 2009
Format: Paperback
Number of recipes: 50+
List price: $14.95
Type: Quick meals; Ingredients: Meat
Sample recipe: Cumin Roast Pork with Dried Fruit
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: all breakfast/brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color all/mostly color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss complete comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral helpful comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good 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: There is a steady flow of get-dinner-on-the-table cookbooks from the publishers, TV celebrities, and media conglomerates of this world, that promise speed, convenience, and, above all, flavor. We generally find little to recommend in such books. Those of us old enough to remember airline food, think that that's about what these books have to offer, instead of real flavor.

Well, we are delighted to state that this is not one of those books. It is about speed and convenience, yes, but it delivers real flavor. The chapters are broken down very simply – there's beef, there's chicken and turkey, and there's lamb, pork, and veal. Some are slow-cooker dishes and slow-cooking roasts (so the speed is all about preparation), but there are also soups and stews, chilis and curries, pot pies, meat loaves, stratas, cassoulets, gumbos, and risottos. Each recipe includes details on cooking time, serving size, and nutritional information.

A few recipes have some hard-to-find ingredients, but not many. The pictures, in general, will inspire you to cook.

This is the fourth book in the series of weeknight "Eat Well Cookbook of Meals in a Hurry" from the editors of Woman's Day magazine. In case you missed them, the earlier books are: Monday Night is Chicken Night, Tuesday Night is Pasta Night, and Wednesday Night is Vegetarian. We're on pins and needles to see if Friday is seafood or the more reasonable "it's been a long week, take the family out tonight."


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