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Jamie's 15 Minute MealsJamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie Oliver
This book is filled with super-quick, tasty, nutritious food that you can eat every day of the week. These recipes are methodical, clever, sociable and fun, with beautiful ingredients that will slap you round the face with big flavors! Hardcover, 287 pp. $55.00.

Easy Easy

Bill Granger
A collection of simple, laidback recipes inspired by favourite everyday ingredients. From making a meal around one fabulous piece of cheese to working wonders with a tin of beans, Bill offers 100 fantastic mid-week-achievable meals and desserts. Hardcover, 255 pp. $42.95.

Quick & EasyQuick & Easy

The American Heart Association
This popular book from the American Heart Association, now in its second edition, is sure to aid anyone looking for a quick and healthy meal after a long day of work. Relax, take it easy and try Thirty Minute Minestrone or Sesame Pasta and Vegetables in twenty five minutes. Know what you are eating with full nutritional values and calorie information.

The Muffin Tin CookbookThe Muffin Tin Cookbook

Brette Sember
Tired of plain old muffins? Get some practical and innovative use out of those muffin tins and make appetizers, dinner, dessert and snacks. The Muffin Tin Cookbook will provide you with wonderful and insightful recipes in smaller, muffin shaped portions! Softcover, 223 pp. $18.99.

Flash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy PeopleFlash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People

Laura Santtini
Beautiful food in no time at all! This fusion of haute cuisine and every day cooking never ceases to amaze. The images are fantastic, the recipes hearty and wholesome, the flavour: intense. Santtini knows what she is doing. Hardcover, 176 pp. $34.95.

Fast, Fresh, SimpleFast, Fresh, Simple

Donna Hay
Donna Hay accomplishes the impossible by combining a minimum of ingredients with simple techniques while still creating a sophisticated end product. Her comments about specific dishes build a bridge between author and reader. Color photos. Softcover, 206 pp. $34.99.

Will Cook For SexWill Cook For Sex

Rocky Fino
Do we have your attention guys? As Rocky Fino states "a way to a man's heart is through his zipper. The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach." Will Cook for Sex is the gameplan for any man who wants points with his lady. Get inspired to cook kingfish benedict for the morning after or mustang ranch quail for a weekend pass. Colour photos. Hardcover, 173 pp. $24.95.

Dinner Tonight: Done!Dinner Tonight: Done!

Real Simple Magazine
The 3rd book to come from the folks behind Real Simple magazine, Dinner Tonight: Done! continues the trend of simple, tasty recipes that are a snap to whip up and sure to please all. Using ingredients that are readily available and usually stashed in your home pantry, Dinner Tonight: Done! ensures that a great tasting meal is always at hand. Softcover, 368 pp. $28.95.


Tom Aikens
Fans of David Tanis' work are sure to appreciate Tom Aikens' style of writing. Embracing a similar concept of international flavors that are both simple yet comforting, Aikens aims to expand culinary horizons by introducing new flavors in familiar ways. Thoughtfully, Aikens even includes a chapter dedicated to the leftovers of previous recipes and ways to stretch a meal to it's full extent. Hardcover, 288 pp. $49.95.

The Curmudgeon's Book of Skillet CookingThe Curmudgeon's Book of Skillet Cooking

A.D. Livingston
We've all had that panic moment; you're going camping and you're hard pressed to find something delicious to cook with your limited resources. Livingston's skillet book will show you how a single skillet can be your ticket to delicious dishes, wherever you may be. Forget your worries about complicated techniques, or materials you may not have; here all you need is a good sturdy skillet and a world of gastronomic possibilities is sure to open in your wake. Softcover, 233 pp. $16.95.

Double Delicious Double Delicious
Jessica Seinfeld
Jessica Seinfeld comes to the rescue of families in need of massive mealtime makeovers! Geared towards simple, easy-to-put-together meals, this Double Delicious is pefect for those quick low-time and high-flavor meals that you need before running out into the busy world once again. Recipes are well laid-out and the flavor profiles evoke warm classic dinner table moments. I must-have for the family constantly on-the-go! Softcover, 208 pp. $29.99.

Love the LeftoversLove the Leftovers
Murdoch Books
The concept: make two meals from one. In other words, cook one day, and then, with minimal preparation, you will have a completely new meal the next day without all the time spent in the kitchen. Divided into summer and winter recipes, each of the "day one" recipes gives preparation time, cooking time, and quantity of servings, and is accompanied by a full-page colour photograph. A sidebar presents the recipe for the next day's use of today's leftovers. Witness the transformation of pork schnitzels with warm roasted beetroot and potato salad one night into beetroot ravioli with toasted walnuts the next. Or how about slow-roasted lamb with honey pomegranate onion jam converting to lamb wraps with feta. Who knew your leftovers could do so much? Hardcover, 185 pp. $29.95.

Fresh Flavor FastFresh Flavor Fast

Everyday Food
Everyone's favourite cookbook for everyday, fuss free cooking, returns! This is the second cookbook from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food Magazine, and it is just as full of easy weekday breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and treats, as its predecessor, Great Food Fast. The meals on offer here are quick and generally healthy, getting the best from ingredients which are easily available in any grocery store. Braised chicken with shallots is perfect for guests, but contains ingredients you're more than likely going to have in your kitchen already. Similarly, spinach linguine with creamy walnut sauce looks impressive, but contains just seven ingredients (including oil and seasoning). There are also lots of lovely desserts; the glazed chocolate cake already has the Cookbook Store seal of approval and the creamy lemon squares are on our to-do list. Colour photos throughout. Softcover, 384 pp. $29.99.

Emeril 20-40-60Emeril 20-40-60

Emeril Lagasse
Food Network favourite Emeril Lagasse here compiles a range of recipes based on how much time you have to spend in the kitchen; 20, 40, or 60 minutes. In 20 minutes or less you could have classic moules mariniere or lamb t-bones with rosemary balsamic butter sauce, if you have 40 minutes you can look forward to oven crispy french fries with paprika-parmesan salt, and with a whole hour can make seared salmon with lentils, or roast chicken with shallot-garlic butter. Colour photos. Softcover, 257 pp. $32.99.

The 30 Minute Vegan

Mark Renfield
A vegan cookbook for the short on time, The 30 Minute Vegan is full of recipes for quick and easy vegan food. Recipes include white bean-tarragon soup, chipotle chile-rubbed southwest tempeh, homey vegetable stew with dumplings, and many more. There are also some raw food options. No food photography. Softcover, 348 pp. $24.00.

The Weeknight CookThe Weeknight Cook

Williams Sonoma
New from the Williams-Sonoma team comes this binder packed full of weeknight cooking. The recipes are divided by course and ingredient (appetizers, soups, pasta and grains, vegetables, seafood, poultry, meat, etc) and the recipes are simple without being boring; cuban chicken stew, potato and gruyere tartlets, and minestrone with pesto are all feasible dishes for after work cooking, but don't sacrifice flavour for speed. The likes apricot clafoutis and blackberry fool should satisfy the sweet of tooth. Full colour photographs. Binder, 432 pp. $41.95.

Quick from Scratch Italian CookbookQuick from Scratch Italian Cookbook
Food & Wine Magazine
From Food & Wine magazine comes a book which promises good, quick, Italian cooking from scratch. There are soup and antipasti recipes for something light, and lots of pastas, risottos, meat and fish dishes which don't require too many ingredients and aren't too time intensive, from the hearty sausages, potatoes and artichoke hearts in tomato broth, to the more sophisticated tuna steaks with lemon caper sauce. A full colour picture for every recipe. Hardcover, 192 pp. $29.95.

Kitchen Express Kitchen Express

Mark Bittman
Although Bittman seems to have new books every six months, he is definitely not in the category of "churning them out". Each book is well thought out and has something new to say each time. This latest one is no exception. Each chapter is set up via season and the recipes are written in a minimalist style for maximum efficiency in prep time and cooking. Hardcover, 233 pp. $32.00.

Dinner in a Dash

Lindsey Bareham
Here is the perfect book for the harried home entertainer. Veteran British food writer Lindsey Bareham has devised 50 internationally inspired dinner menus, which she promises will feed six in under an hour. The first section of the book is devoted to the menus plus a shopping list and game plan. The recipes are arranged by type at the back. Colour photos. Softcover, 144 pp. $29.95.

Gordon Ramsay's Fast FoodGordon Ramsay's Fast Food

Gordon Ramsay with Mark Sargeant and Emily Quah
Gordon Ramsay brings the same intensity and high standards to home cooking that he applies to his Michelin-starred restaurants. Each of  the 15 sections (topics soups, salads, fast fish  & chips, Indian spice…) features a five recipe menu with  game plan. The squinty-eyed among us will appreciated the bright graphics and large type. Colour photos. Import, hardcover, 255 pp. $35.00.

The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook

Barbara Fairchild
After the huge success of the Bon Appetit Cookbook ($37.95) two years ago this latest book from the magazine will undoubtedly find its way onto the shelves of many in need of a push in the right direction to good ingredients with the added caveat of fast prep/cooking time. Hardcover, 770 pp. $37.95.

Express Aisle GourmetExpress Aisle Gourmet
Bill Dertouzos
Promising quick meals prepared with 12 grocery items or less, this is a good choice for those who need a little inspiration at the dinner table but not a lot of time. Lots of classic, homey dishes like lemon chicken, turkey meatloaf, and pork tenderloin will satisfy picky eaters but there are fancy items too, like filet mignon with blue cheese to satisfy more advanced tastes. Colour photos. Softcover, 120 pp. $18.95.

Great Food FastGreat Food Fast 
From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living
One should take a moment to remember that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Martha Stewart’s first book, Entertaining, ($34.95tr). She is still, after all these years and a spot of trouble, at the top of her game. This book, at the other end of the opulence scale from her first book, is the first collection of recipes from the digest-sized Everyday Food. Simple recipes roasted salmon with lemon relish, steak and onion sandwiches, mushroom tartin a clean format, each with a colour photo help make getting dinner on the table a snap. Colour photos.Paper, 384 pp, $30.00.

The Best Make-Ahead RecipeThe Best Make-Ahead Recipe
Cook's Illustrated
Another volume from the ever-prolific editors at Cook's Illustrated. These are recipes that can be frozen, stored, and reheated without sacrificing flavour or texture. Now you might have heard this claim before, but no one tests recipes like the America's Test Kitchen gang (some would say over-test) so you can trust that your meat dishes stay juicy and nothing turns to mush. As usual, there are also equipment and ingredient reviews and helpful hints. Colour plates. Hardcover, 435 pp. $43.95.

Cupboard LoveCupboard Love
Tom Norrington-Davies
There is no need to dial out when tasty curries, burgers, stir-fries, soups and stews are as near as the kitchen cupboard. British cook and food writer Tom Norrington-Davies demonstrates how the judicious use of canned and packaged foods can mean delicious meals in minutes. Colour photos. Hardcover, 255 pp, $55.95.

Faster! I'm Starving!Faster! I'm Starving!

Kevin Mills
The mother/son duo who brought us Help! My Apartment has a Kitchen ($21.95) is back with 100 solutions to getting dinner on the table in under 25 minutes. Red beans with rice, barbecued chicken thighs, and devilled salmon patties are a few of the quick but satisfying choices. They also suggest the pantry, refrigerator, and spice rack items to keep on hand so that you are always able to create a meal “out of nothing”. No photos. Softcover, 264 pp. $23.95.

The Dinner Fix
Sandi Richard
Sandi Richard, author of Cooking for the Rushed and host of the Food Network's Fixing Dinner, here brings more helpful hints and yummy recipes for the busiest, pickiest families. With recipes classified by how long they take to make this book is full of kid-friendly food that is good for you too, complete with nutritional information. For diabetics both Canadian and American exchanges are included. Softcover, 192 pp. $29.99.

A Twist of the WristA Twist of the Wrist

Nancy Silverton
Famed for desserts as Spago’s pastry chef and for breads as founder of La Brea Bakery, Nancy Silverton is not the first name one would associate with corrugated cuisine - ingredients from cans, boxes, bags and jars. Using just such ingredients, she shows time-pressed cooks a delicious way out or the order-in rut. Besides recipes, she has included a lengthy list of have-on-hand staples. Hardcover, 262 pp. $37.95.

Quick Fix Meals Quick Fix Meals
Robin Miller
The host of the Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals shows time-poor cooks three methods for getting family favorites on the table in a hurry: by doing some pre-cooking and bagging a few days ahead of time; by the creative use of leftovers to make extra meals from one preparation time; by using fast cooking ingredients for meals in under 15 minutes. Sesame chicken thighs, sweet-and-sour pork chops , and wilted baby spinach with honey-maple vinaigrette are among the classics. Softcover, 264 pp. $24.95.

Hands-Off CookingHands-Off Cooking
Ann Martin Rolke
Great for those always juggling priorities this book is full of recipes that require little preparation and then cook unattended, leaving the cook free for other things. Lots of soups, stews, roasts, and casseroles, as well as a variety of savory pies the dishes are family-friendly but nice enough for company. Perfect for those hosts who hate to still be in the kitchen when the guests arrive. Line drawings. Softcover, 184 pp. $21.99.

Cook Once A WeekCanadianCook Once A Week
Theresa Albert-Ratchford
Shopping lists, menus and recipes will keep you eating for 12 weeks. Includes nutritional analysis, lists of quick, freezer and make-ahead meals. Softcover, 152 pp, $22.95.

The Best Kitchen Quick TipsThe Best Kitchen Quick Tips
Editors of Cook’s Illustrated
From almond paste on the first page to zucchini on the final page, these 534 tips, illustrated by line drawings, will improve your performance in the kitchen. Softcover, 402 pp, $27.95.

Cooking Round the ClockCooking 'Round the Clock

Rachael Ray
Ray perks up retro recipes with contemporary ingredients to create tasty meals in under 30 minutes. Buffalo chicken salad, pita-zas (toaster oven pizzas) and long-grain and wild rice with artichokes are typical of the recipes in this all-occasion cookbook. Colour photos. Softcover, 237 pp, $21.95.

The Simpler The Better The Simpler The Better
Leslie Revsin
The first female chef to work at the Waldorf Astoria pares preparation down to three steps in recipes as diverse as chilled melon soup with fresh basil and rustic onion rolls. Colour photos. Softcover, 226 pp, $35.99.

Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals 2 Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals 2
Rachael Ray
The tremendously popular host of a Food Network program of the same name continues to create fast, flavourful meals for the masses. This volume contains uncomplicated menus for entertaining, plus a chapter on "Healthy Hunger Busters." The simple Indian spiced fruit on page 53 is a lovely surprise. Softcover, 243 pp. $24.95.

New Food FastNew Food Fast
Donna Hay
The latest book from Australia's favourite food writer. Quick, elegant and easy, the recipes in this book are a delight to the eye and the palate. Colour illustrations. $34.95.

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