This week’s book review is of one of my hands-down favorite cookbooks, The Illustrated Quick Cook, by Heather Whinney. Despite the seemingly endless number of cookbooks we own, I turn to this one again and again because it’s perfect for real life, or my life anyway.
You can see from the tabs in the photos that I use this book a lot. I’ve had it for a few years now, and have had a chance to try a lot of the tips and recipes (appetizers, main courses, and desserts). It covers important basics, like what a well-stocked kitchen should have on hand —
and great choices for batch and freeze recipes, perfect for when you’re expecting a busy week or two ahead.
Another really useful section is “Get the Most from your Roast.” We all have those nights, especially after the holidays or a large gathering, where you have leftover roasted chicken or roast beef but absolutely do not want chicken salad or another roast beef sandwich. The Illustrated Quick Cook provides other ideas on what to do.
And for those days when you actually do have time, there’s the menu planner which helps you plan a great dinner for friends (or perhaps just for two).
Some cookbooks are better suited for the coffee table than the kitchen. The pictures may be nice, but the recipes take hours. And there is a time and place for that. But, if you want to cook good food every day — and also have a life — this is a great book to have on hand.
The Illustrated Quick Cook by Heather Whinney (DK 2009)