Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Real Food, Really Fast - Cookbook Review

The busier we get, the less time we want to spend on cooking. I'm with you on that. I was excited to hear that one of my favorite authors, Hannah Kaminsky, wrote a new cookbook with recipes filled with real food that can be cooked really fast. Hence the name, "Real Food, Really Fast!"

The book opens with sections on cooking fundamentals, essential equipment, and an introduction to specialty ingredients. The pictures will have you hooked in no time. From appetizing recipes for tempeh fries, falafel fattoush, French onion soup, and walnut bolognese, you'll wonder how in the world she created so many meals that can be made in 10 minutes. But, amazingly enough she did.

The first recipe I tried was fantastic and amazingly simple. The Jamaican Jerk Chili has browned tempeh to give it a meaty texture, black-eyed peas filled with protein, and fire-roasted tomatoes and cooks in just 10-15 minutes. Amazing! She basically just throws all the ingredients in a pot and cooks it for 6 minutes and it turns out great.

I also tried the Instant Kimchi Noodle Soup, which If found pretty unique. It's fairly easy to make, but has so much flavor, it'll taste like something you'd get in a fancy restaurant. Layers of kimchi, soba noodles, cremini mushrooms, zucchini, scallions, and wakame all hit your mouth at the same time and the result is happiness. And all of this happiness in just a few minutes...give me more, please!

Lastly, I also tried the Hasselback Zucchini. Although this recipe took considerably longer than indicated in the recipe, the prep was quite simple and the end product quite good. I sliced zucchini, layered them with a spice mix and baked them for several minutes. Voila! Tasty zucchini!

I'm pretty hooked on this book because it is real food, really fast! Next, I'm trying the Spinach and Artichoke Bisque, Seitan Bulgogi, and Mofongo Bowl! If you are interested, you can order this book on Amazon here

Full Disclosure: Although the cookbook was provided to me at no cost to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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