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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307396452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396457
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pony Girl 2000 on 24 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must admit I do like the Martha Stewart magazine (which I dont think she is that involved in producing) and have loads of cook books. But nevertheless I didnt expect too much from this, but its actually really quite interesting and has given me lots of new ideas. My children have multiple food allergies and one is a coeliac but lots of the recipes are meat and veg. based so good for us.
Plus luvlee fots.

I think 'quick' ia a bit relative in some of the recipes but I have found that applies to all 'quick' cook books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dora on 2 Mar. 2010
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I like the reciepies however I have so may unknown ingredients that it makes it tough to prepare them. the book is addressed to Americans mainly
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By pixie on 12 Nov. 2010
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I really like this book. I think that the recipes are straightforward and so far delicious! It's great to have menus put together already. I don't necessarily use these as they are but the guidance is good.
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By Topino on 21 July 2014
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Kind of confusing, I would have preferred a regular index recipe, not like menu....anyway, good recipes, but Martha can do better.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Good accessible seasonal cookbook 17 Oct. 2009
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on
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The first Martha Stewart cookbook that I purchased was her "The Martha Stewart Cookbook." Awfully good, but not for the everyday cook in his/her kitchen. The second of her cookbooks that I acquired, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School," was more accessible (at least to me). I have enjoyed a number of recipes from this book. My third acquisition, "Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home," has an interesting twist--(Page 9): "Arranged seasonally to take advantage of what's in the market, these meals are accessible, but they also satisfy our desire for an even broader range of foodstuffs."

For each season, there is a set of meals (52 in all, one for each week).

Spring: Here is an example (and one that I aim to try out in the near future--except for the rhubarb!). Baby lamb chops with lemon strips; asparagus with aioli; Quinoa, pea, and mint salad; vanilla-poached rhubarb. The lamb chops are very simply made. The asparagus dish is also quite doable. I have never used quinoa before, but have seen a number of recipes that use it, so this dish intrigues me (again, looks pretty straightforward to make). The rhubarb? I'll let that go, since I'm not a fan!

Summer: "The markets are overflowing with local fruits and vegetables at their peak, yet the long, sunny days cut short any thoughts of spending hours in the kitchen (Page 73)." One example. Avocado and lemon on toasted rustic bread; Seared tuna in tomato-basil sauce; green beans with lemon butter; Peaches in honey syrup. The tuna dish uses readily available ingredients, so would be pretty easy to make for the home cook.

Fall: As Stewart puts it, a season with plentiful produce lending itself to heartier preparations. The example? Pork chops with sautéed apples and onion (I have made a similar dish, but this recipe promises to be more delicious still); Shaved fennel-celery salad; mustard mashed potatoes; maple custards.

Winter: Here is the example that I especially like. Roast chicken breasts in creamy tarragon sauce (I haven't used tarragon as much as I should have over time, given that it adds an interesting taste to dishes); warm lentils with spinach; caramelized endive; poached pears with chocolate sauce.

All in all, a fun, accessible set of recipes. I look at this as a fine addition to my kitchen library.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Easy menu-planning! 28 Oct. 2009
By Toni - Published on
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Short review: Great book; makes menu planning a breeze; I'd highly recommend it.

Long review: One of the problems in preparing meals is what to make and how to pair things; what goes with what; how do you keep things fresh and not boring. This latest book from Martha and crew pretty much takes care of all those questions. Her dedication page was short, simple, and perfect, "To all homemakers in America, pressed for time yet caring for their families" and that summed up the purpose of this latest Martha offering.

The book is large, has excellent print on quality paper, is beautifully photographed and gives you the details, explanations, and sidebars for each meal along with the preparation schedule. And each and every dish has a close-up, detailed, delicious and accompanying photograph. The menu's are showcased according to season which helps to break down what would be easy to find in the markets at those times. For example, on page 121, there is an exquisite photograph of a fresh, ripe peach in honey syrup; while that would be great to serve anytime, the "summer" menu is perfect for it, while you would be more apt to find, enjoy and impress with blood oranges and pomegranates in winter.

At the same time, these aren't your standard all-American recipes of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. They are a bit beyond the normal fare and are fresh and different; but not so much that they seem foreign.

The ingredients are simple and easy to find; the food not too fussy, and the prep fairly easy even for busy folks with busy schedules. And with 52 menu suggestions, you can pick and choose what makes life easier for you regardless of the season, as well as mixing and matching those recipes your taste buds gravitate towards. Some samples of the seasonal menu's are:

Spring Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
Turkey and Pancetta Meatballs
Pasta with Mint Pesto and Fava
Coffee Ice Cream Affogato (liqueur-flavored hot expresso poured over ice cream)

Asparagus-Parmesan Tart
Shrimp in Saffron Broth
Coucous with Golden Raisins
Apricot-Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches

Fontina and Herb Flatbread
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Cutlets
Wilted Escarole
Amaretti-Ricotta Sandwiches

Cantaloupe Wedges with Feta Cheese
Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers
Summer Squash and Olive Phyllo Tart
Espresso Cream Crunch

Herbed Turkey Burgers
Mixed Tomato Salad
Cream Corn
Blackberry Shortbread Squares

Pork Kabobs with Thyme and Orange
Fennel, Red Onion, and Parsley Salad
Toasted Bulgur with Almonds
Cantaloupe Granita

Skillet Rib-Eye Steaks
Broiled Peppers with Melted Cheese
Broccoli with Garlic and Anchovies
Molten Chocolate-Espresso Cakes

Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples and Onion
Shaved Fennel-Celery Salad
Mustard Mashed Potatoes
Maple Custards

Warm Swiss Chard and Bacon Dip (this was a great meal; perfect for October)
Braised Chicken Marsala
Sage Polenta
Sauteed Pears in Honey Syrup

Tart Apple Bistro Salad
Hanger Steak with Caramelized Shallots
Oven-Baked Shoestring Fries
Caramel Pudding

Roast Chicken Breasts in Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Warm Lentils with Spinach
Caramelized Endive
Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

Spice-Rubbed Beef Filets (my next menu)
Port-Glazed Pearl Onions
Golden Potato Puree
Chocolate Truffles

At the back of the book, you get "Basics" which have soup stock recipes and hints on certain steps of cleaning and prepartion of some of the foods. Then the menu's seasons are broken down into categories such as "Starters", "Mains", "Sides" and "Desserts".

"Its a good thing".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
LOVE every dish I have made! 2 Nov. 2009
By Lauren Fierz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is amazing! I have prepared several of the recipes and they have all been fantastic! The soups are superb, rich and satisfying yet not heavy at all! (watercress/cauliflower, roasted pumpkin) Thank you so much, Martha for the wonderful collection of meals that have blown our family away!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Another Martha Beauty 30 Oct. 2009
By DuxburyMom - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is yet another gorgeous Martha cookbook with thick pages and beautiful, inspiring pictures. It's also very well organized into seasons and full appetizer to dessert menus, with pictures illustrating each course. The book is only slightly flawed in that the recipes are supposed to come from ingredients found in your local market. Not so much -- Mirin, Miso, Quail, Black Cod, Medjool Dates, Pepitas, Course Italian Polenta (not instant), to name a few. Not found in my local conventional market. I will have to make a trip to Whole Foods for much of this stuff. But that's ok. Just know that going in. I have made one recipe from this book (the Chicken Marsala with Sage Polenta) and it was fabulous. I can't but help give this book 5 stars because Martha will inspire you to cook and give you great ideas when you want to put together a thoughtful meal for your family and guests.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Classic Martha! 27 Oct. 2009
By Deborah V - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home: 52 Quick Meals to Cook for Family and Friends is Martha at her best. You'll find 52 menus (appetizer/starter, main course, side and dessert) that can be prepared in less than an hour with each menu accompanied by mouthwatering color photographs!

The menus are organized by season and each menu contains sidebars, tips, and more to make sure the presentation is perfect and the food fit for your family and/or guests.

If you enjoy Stewart's cookbooks, this one will definitely please. One thing that sets her cookbooks apart from the crowded market of cookbooks is the attention Stewart pays to detail. It is rare to embark on a recipe or menu and find details omitted or unclear steps.

There is a wonderful recipe for chickpea-olive crostini--three of my favorite foods combined together. Yum. And speaking of yum, save room for dessert. The desserts appear to be easy to prepare from the dark chocolate pudding to a cherry custard pie.

If you don't like to cook, the beautiful colored photographs of the food will certainly change your mind! I must go now--to the kitchen and try out one of the desserts. Yep, by pass the main course and go straight to one of the sumptious desserts--what could be more divine!
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