Monday, June 1, 2015

"One Pot" Review (Martha Stewart Cookbook)

Using just one pan, you can stew, steam, sauté, simmer, braise, or roast your way to a fuss-free meal—and minimal cleanup to boot.
At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash. The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes—organized by vessel—to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation.

One Pot is an exciting new way to approach everyday cooking: Imagine perfect pasta dishes for which everything goes in the pot at once (yes, that’s pasta, tomato, garlic, basil, and water all cooked together), dinner-party ready roasts with tender vegetables, and down-home casseroles, along with wholesome fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. You’ll get incredible flavor payoff from dishes such as comforting Chicken and Dumplings, easy Baked Risotto with Carrots and Squash, healthy Broiled Striped Bass with Tomatoes, hearty Pork Chops with Bacon and Cabbage, and the delectable Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie—each of which takes less than an hour from start to finish. Here, too, are a dozen outstanding recipes for surprising and simple desserts that can be ready when you are.

With chapters devoted to your essential cooking vessels—stockpot, skillet, slow cooker, and more—this book is sure to streamline your meals and to satisfy the people you share them with. Recipes include:

DUTCH OVEN: Beef Stew with Noodles, Chicken and Dumplings, Baked Risotto, Texas Red Chili, Cajun Stew

SLOW COOKER: Pulled Pork, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Classic Pot Roast, Lamb Shanks and Potatoes, Garlic Chicken with Barley

SKILLET & SAUTÉ PAN: Spinach Pie, Poached Cod with Tomatoes, Three-Cheese Lasagna, Macaroni and Cheese, Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy

ROASTING PAN & BAKING DISH: Rib-Eye with Root Vegetables, Roast Chicken with Herb Butter, Salmon with Kale, Roast Beef with Acorn Squash, Tuscan Pork Roast

PRESSURE COOKER: Short Ribs with Potato-Carrot Mash, Kale and White Bean Soup, Chicken Cacciatore; Easy Chickpea Curry, Beef Stroganoff

STOCKPOT: Classic Chicken Soup, Split Pea Soup, Gemelli with Pesto and Potatoes, Corn and Shrimp Chowder, Pasta with Farm-Stand Vegetables

DESSERTS: Peach Crumble, Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie, Baked Blackberry Custard, Raspberry Sorbet, Molten Chocolate Cupcakes


My Take:

I have kind of a problem when it comes to cookbooks. I love them. I would get a new one every day if  could.

The big problem is that most of the time the recipes in these cookbooks never get around to getting made in our house. We just fall back on the same old recipes. And with tons of recipes out there on the internet, I don't really need to keep cookbooks around as much anymore.

But this cookbook intrigued me. I love one-pot dishes. Not as much clean-up, and the recipes tend to be a bit easier.

As far as the "one-pot" aspect goes in this cookbook by Martha Stewart, they really are one-pot dishes.

As for the preparation and the taste - most of these seemed easy to prepare. However, most of these dishes are just way to fancy for us. Many of the flavors are just not ones that we like. It also seemed as if a lot of the recipes were very similar. We did like the Beef Stew and Noodles, and the desserts were really good - especially the peach crumble and the skillet chocolate-chip cookie!

Overall, this is a nice cookbook even if it was a bit too fancy for our tastes.


One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More.
by the editors of Martha Stewart Living
Clarkson Potter Publishing
Publication date: September 23, 2014
256 pages




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Clarkson Potter Publishers through Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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