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My children are grown so most of the time it's just the two of us again. I have dozens of cookbooks purchased over the years and rarely use any of them these days. I tend now to search online when I don't have an idea for a meal. I however, follow the “Greens and Chocolate blog and love her ideas and style of cooking. So when I read she was creating a cookbook, I became interested. Having ordered both the print copy and the Kindle version I found myself reading it from cover to cover immediately. It's extremely easy to follow, well designed and nearly every recipe interested me. She includes preparation and cook times for each of the recipes. The tone of the book is very friendly. You almost feel like she is right next to you as she suggests tips and substitutions for individual tastes. You can almost feel her excitement for food preparation. Layout is clean, clear and reader friendly. Each section starts with a narrative. Ellingson shares her knowledge in a friendly, conversational way which for me, is part of the enjoyment. It is so refreshing to read a cookbook written in this style. A few people on my Christmas list will be receiving a copy. It is a gem!
This cookbook has a lot of fun recipes and ideas, and most of the nutritional information is available which is a must for me. I really like a lot of the flavors in the book, and there's a lot of variety. My main issue with it is that there aren't many pictures at all, and the book advertises "healthy" recipes, yet several of the recipes are 800 calories per serving, without sparing any fat or carbs for that matter. Still, overall a good book.
While its edible (even for humans), there are way too many "shortcuts" that don't actually reduce cooking time too much. For example, I would never normally use garlic powder in a recipe. The bean tacos sound good but have no texture. Cooking well requires fresh ingredients and some time. Someone recommended this to me and so I decided to give it a try. However, I highly recommend that you don't.
I disliked gathering large number ingredients per recipe. I dislike shopping for what I considered exotic ingredients. I am displeased that Amazon did not show sample recipes in the sample of the book that they allowed me to read as a review. If I had seen a representative recipe sample I would not have purchased the book. I am disappointed that I wasted good money that could have been put to better use.
This was the first of five Cooking for 2 cookbooks to arrive in the mail. I made my weekly menu the day I received it. I have tried 15 of the recipes so far and am very pleased. My husband is also very pleased. I am cooking for 3 and with the addition of a side all of our appetites are well satisfied. The recipes really take 30 minutes or less and they are tasty. It is so easy to get dinner on the table after work. And best of all is no leftovers.
One day this week my husband went to a restaurant for lunch and had a dish that was similar to the Cold Soba Noodle Vegetable Bowl I was serving for dinner. He said he liked my dinner better. Win!
My favorite recipe so far is the One Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken.
There hasn’t been a single recipe that my husband or myself hasn’t liked! We unintentionally lost weight because we were eating at home. We have no time for a whole lot of anything and these meals really are fast, simple, and delicious! So glad a friend recommended the cookbook to us
I love quick, easy, healthy recipes with minimal ingredients and prep times. Taylor has created a recipe book with all of my likes in one book. These recipes are very easy to follow and taste amazing! I can’t wait to try more. I like that she adds to each recipes substitutions you could add to make it even healthier or reduce cook time even more. The Hawiian bbq chicken sliders are delicious and perfect for my family of 3.
My wife and I ordered the Kindle version of this book and loved it so much that we just bought a handful of the hardcopies for Christmas gifts. The recipes are so wonderfully diverse, with healthy and common ingredients, and truly take less than 30 minutes. Highly recommend!