Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook Review

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook Review

Title: Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook: 30-Minute Recipes to Get Started in the Kitchen
Author: Eileen Kelly
Published: April 14, 2020, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 120
Cover Price: $9.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Minimal ingredients with easy to follow instructions for 30 minute meals is appealing to most busy people nowadays, and there are plenty of good ideas for quick meals in Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook: 30-Minute Recipes to Get Started in the Kitchen by food blogger, Eileen Kelly. One of the things that gives this cookbook an edge is that Kelly includes “master recipes” that cooks can use to add their own touches to, which is nice for beginning cooks who want to expand their repertoire by using their imagination; incidentally, those master recipes are great for experienced cooks, too. New ideas are always welcome, and this cookbook has some good ones. Kelly has added a few vegan and vegetarian dishes, which is nice if cooks are so inclined – I generally skip those chapters, but the dishes in this book actually sound good and may make it into my queue.

Kelly includes some good basic salad dressings, sauces, and homemade seasoning mixes, which is helpful, especially since those items can usually be made ahead and will be waiting for cooks to use them in the easy recipes. The recipes are succinct and easy-to-follow. The emphasis is on quick and easy in this cookbook, and Kelly‘s recipes deliver. The recipes are perfect for weeknights since they are all made in 30 minutes or less with about 5 ingredients.

New favorites from this cookbook include: Balsamic and Honey Glazed Salmon, Sheet Pan Sirloin Steak, Mushrooms, and Broccoli, Southern Shrimp and Grits, Warm Apple Foldovers, and Lemony Lentil Salad – all quick and easy, and all very good.

The one drawback is that there are only a few photographs; most cooks agree that photos are a must in a good cookbook, and this one doesn’t have enough. The lack of photos isn’t a lose-lose situation, and the cookbook is good in spite of this flaw.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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