by Rachael Ray, Dan Dinicola (Introduction)
I am a fan of Rachel Ray and have tried her recipes in this book. However, this book does not have an index at the back or front, just goes by recipe titles. Unfortunately, that's what I don't like about it, even though the recipes are very good and fast.
I always make her Applesauce, but you can't find what page it's on or remember the recipe it came with. Now, when I make a recipe I like, or an ingredient I like, I write it down on a recipe card so I don't have to waste 15 minutes finding it.
The other problem is that there are no pictures, and for those who are just starting out cooking, this is no fun. Pictures make me hungry, and that's what gets me started cooking. Please, Rachel, more pictures in your books!
I bought her "Comfort Foods" book, and it is better organized. I think she learned her lesson about indexing. However, Rachel, you are a terrific cooking teacher and your recipes are fabulous!
I will always be a fan and try as many recipes as possible.
Janice Selinger from Goderich Canada
I love Rachael's 30 minute meals. I have several of her books, watch her show several times a week, and I look up new recipes on foodtv.com. Rachael has the nation's cure for obesity: get out of the Burger Kings and McDonalds and start cooking your own food again! This book makes this possible.
Many people are put off because there are no pictures and no index. Don't let this deter you! This was Rachael's very first book published, way before her spot on FoodTV, and was intended to be a local publication in upstate New York as a companion to the spot she did on the local news. Because of its local distribution, it was very low budget. Maybe one day the publishers will allow her to redo the book, but that is their decision and not hers.
Get the book and get back to cooking.
Rokzane (Denver, CO), Amazon.com