Forever short on time, Associated Press food editor J. M. Hirsch is a master of kitchen shortcuts; his favorite, letting high-flavor ingredients do the heavy lifting, was the inspiration for this collection of nearly 150 boldly delicious recipes. Because nobody has time to make a bland meal.
His approach to cooking is simple: Foods that taste great going into the pot need less work from you to taste great when they come out. He shows busy cooks how to use ingredients with intense flavor to make the meals they want in the time they have.
The recipes are easy and the flavors are robust. Try Four-Cheese Baked Gnocchi, Pork Chops with Red Wine Cranberry Sauce, Red Curry Beef, Sweet-and-Savory BBQ Chicken, Chili Balsamic Marinated Sirloin with Fettuccine and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Bacon, Beans, and Beer Chili. There’s even dessert, with Balsamic Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream and Grilled Cinnamon-Sugar Breadsticks.
J. M. HIRSCH is the national food editor for The Associated Press. He oversees a team of writers, cooks, and photographers whose stories and recipes appear in thousands of newspapers and on countless Web sites around the globe. He lives… More about J. M. Hirsch
“There’s so much about J.M.’s approach to food that rings true for me. We believe in a lot of the same principles: the food we share with our families everyday should be accessible and affordable but never dull and always full of flavor. Neither of us are trained chefs, but both of us are damn good cooks. I think this is a great read.” – Rachael Ray
“Big, bold food that busy families can love! This is a man – and a cookbook – after my own heart.” – Paula Deen
“… From spicy chilies and smoky rubs to a pesto chicken that’s perfectly tuned, J.M. hits all the right flavor notes with these recipes.” – Rocco DiSpirito