People often ask me if I have a lot of cookbooks.  And, the answer is “no.”  I love writing my own recipes and look to a few chefs and well-known cookbook authors, like Sheila Lukins to provide additional inspiration in the kitchen.  However, if you’re looking to add a clever cookbook to your kitchen bookshelf, you may want to consider Everyday FOOD Great Food Fast, which was published in 2007.

Some of you may be subscribers to Everyday Food magazine, which you can easily pick up in your local market, if you’ve not seen it.  And, others may be fans of the Everyday Food show, which airs on PBS stations.  I know you may be on Martha Stewart overload (both the book and magazine are published by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia), but this is a superb book, well layed out with simple, concise recipes for soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts.  Another thing I like about this book is that it is broken up into seasons, which allows you to shop for produce that is specifically in season and the photos throughout the book are excellent (case in point, the Cranberry Upside-Down Cake).

Consider adding this cookbook to your book shelf.
Consider adding this cookbook to your book shelf.

Some favorites of mine include:  the Rhubarb Crisp, Buttermilk Baked Chicken, Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Oven-Baked Polenta, Roasted Pears and Sweet Potatoes and the Corn Fritters (my kids loved these). 

I think you’ll find the recipes easy to navigate and the ingredients readily accessible in your neighborhood market.  Do check out for a listing of recipes, biographies on the cooks and to find out when the Everyday Food show airs in your city.  It is well worth viewing.