Food Network Magazine’s 1,000 Easy Recipes, is one of my kids’ favorite cookbooks. It is a book that has been checked out many times over the past year by each of the kids. I’ve even started going through the book to try various recipes.
1,000 Easy Recipes really is 1,000 easy recipes. There are recipes for breakfast, appetizers, main dishes, and even drinks. In the beginning of the book, readers can find suggested menus for a variety of occasions. The one thing that’s really different about this cookbook compared to other cookbooks is that the recipes are in paragraphs instead of being in list format. But every recipe is pretty short, which is a great way to make sure each recipe stays easy. I like this paragraph format, but I know a lot of people don’t. The format also makes it easy for beginner cooks like kids to follow and execute a recipe. None of the recipes include a list of ingredients but the recipe is a paragraph, so I found it pretty easy to just scan the recipe to find out what I needed. So here’s an example of one of the recipes:
Whisk 1 ½ cups flour with 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon each baking soda and salt. Whisk 1 ¼ cups buttermilk, ½ stick melted butter, 2 eggs and a little vanilla, then whisk into the flour mixture. Cook by ¼ cupfuls in a hot buttered skillet until bubbly, then flip and cook until golden.
That’s what a typical recipe looks like. I tried this recipe and it was a success. My youngest doesn’t usually eat pancakes but he ate three of them. When it comes to the vanilla, I added as much as I wanted (which was a lot). I plan on trying more recipes from this book.
What do you think of this cookbook’s format? Would it bother you?
Published in March 2012 by Hyperion
Source: Public Library