The Instant Cook
Fourth Estate, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
n the frontispiece of
The Instant Cook
, Chef Mario Batali says that Donna Hay is '
the new Zen mistress of simplicity in both technique and presentation.
' In this, her latest cookbook, Hay has assembled '
177 deliciously easy recipes using fresh ingredients in fuss-free ways. From roast chicken cooked in half the normal time to simply beautiful desserts in a flash, these are dishes that make slaving over a hot stove a thing of the past.
hough the thrust of this lovely cookbook is to save time and energy, it's easy to see that Hay did not scrimp on ingredients, taste or presentation. The photos accompanying many of the dishes are works of art in themselves. I am particularly struck by the
Tomato, Spinach and Crisp Prosciutto Soup
. Or the
Baked Risotto with Bacon and Peas
. The recipe for
Chicken Roasted on Eggplant and Tomatoes
had me reaching for my fork. And how about
Lamb Baked on Figs and Fennel
Oregano Veal Chops with White Bean Salad
'm a goner when it comes to vegetables. The
Spicy Roast Vegetables with Hummus
are a must.
Pumpkin, Onion and Blue Cheese Fritatta
– oh my. And then there's
Thai Red Pumpkin Curry
. On to desserts –
Blueberry and White Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate French Toast
Toasted Sponge Cake with Pears
. Have I whetted your appetite sufficiently? I have my own. Once you have a copy of this wonderful cookbook, it will never be stored on a shelf. It will be open to one page or another while you work on the recipes and learn from the multitude of tips provided.
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