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Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals has it all: A bold and irresistible promise—make fresh, delicious meals for four for $20 or less, and that take twenty minutes or less to prepare. A dynamic young author with serious fans. And the singular point of view that pulls it all together, from the narrative recipe style to the author’s unerring sense of the ingredient-forward way people want to cook and eat today.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty- Minute Meals is for millennials on a budget and young moms and dads who want to make the kind of food they eat in restaurants or read about on blogs—for anyone who likes to cook and entertain but doesn’t always have a lot of time (or money). It’s quick and easy with a modern twist: Steak with Herb Sauce and Buttered Radishes. Seared Salmon with Orange Rosemary Lentils. Merguez Burger with Cucumber Dressing. Sage Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches and Onion. Orzo Risotto with Pancetta and Radicchio. And, of course, there’s dessert.
It’s the Wright way to cook: 20 minutes + $20 = a fabulous meal for 4.
I was incredibly excited about this cookbook when I saw it on Netgalley. What's not to love about a $20 meal that takes 20 minutes to make?? And it's for 4 people - my family is made up of 4 people.
This cookbook is really colorful and the pictures are just stunning. Some pages are full length pictures of the food, others are more in a graphic novel type form where you see just the food and dish.
However, I'm not a huge fan of directions and ingredients muddled together. I like them to be separate because it's easier for me to make a grocery list if the ingredients list is right there. They do highlight the ingredients in the directions, but it's not the same.
I honestly had to scour to find recipes that I was sure my whole family would eat and items that I would be able to find. Unfortunately, we do not have as diverse a grocery store as I would like. We all love salads, but all of the salads in the cookbook contained things that not everyone (including myself) would find appealing. There's a lot of seafood as well. In a way, I'd say a hipster would really enjoy this...it just seemed for "city-like" - the author did say she lived in New York City. It's very apparent in the selection of foods present.
I did find recipes that I could try though and what we did try, we enjoyed.
What I Tried:
[page numbers are subject to change]
Smashed Cherries & Pistachio Sundae
from p. 183
Spaghetti with Ramps & Bread Crumbs
from p. 59
Sweetened Whipped Cream with Smashed Strawberries and Crushed Shortbread
from p. 166
Roasted Sausage Meatballs with Fennel & Tomatoes
from p. 120
Bourbon-Espresso Affogato Sundae
from p. 183
20-Dollar 20-Minute Meals gets a 3-utensil rating from me.