The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet

Book Review 2009

Looking for a book to satisfy that New Year's resolution you made to cook more often but not sure where to start? Paulette Mitchell, a cookbook author with thirteen titles to her name, recently came out with The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh. It's filled with recipes that can all be prepared in fifteen minutes or less. It appeals to me because it cuts to the core of what many people's excuses are for not cooking: I don't have time.

I don't know about you but fifteen minutes is about how long it takes me to shuffle through the take-out menus and place an order, let alone wait for the food to come. Of course, the trick is to make sure your fridge is stocked well enough to be armed with the food you need to actually cook the recipes on a moment's notice. Most recipes are on the healthy side, although it is by no means a bland, "health food cookbook." There are plenty of options for vegetarians.

The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet is a great starter-book for new cooks. If your idea of cooking simply is in the style of David Tanis or Alice Waters, this might not be the book for you. It's a straight shooter and uses ingredients you can find at any market. We're talking Ramen Noodle Soup with Spinach and Corn, Creamy Dill Crab Cakes, and Chipotle Burgers.

With fifteen minutes to spare, I'd give any of those recipes a whirl.

For a list of The Kitchn's quick recipes (our limit is a whopping 30 minutes) click here. Here's a few to get you drooling:

Beets on Crostini with Goat Cheese
Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta
Tomato and White Bean Panade
Pasta with Feta, Broccoli and Sausage
Tangerine Curd

More Paulette Mitchell:
• Buy The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet (Amazon, $16.49)
• Visit PauletteMitchell.com

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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.

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