The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet Book Review 2009

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

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:

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

We support our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.