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5.0 out of 5 stars 1-2-3 is not a-b-c, 14 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Cooking 1-2-3: 500 Fabulous Three-ingredient Recipes (1-2-3 Cookbook) (Hardcover)
Do not be fooled into thinking that because every one of these 500 recipes has only 3 ingredients, (excluding salt, pepper and water) that the recipes are quick and easy. Some are. What could be simpler than mixing mayo and wasabi, spreading it onto salmon fillets and shoving it in the oven for 10 minutes? However, the 18-hour slow-cooked pork, while very easy, needs 6 hours absorbing its spices, and 18 hours in a very slow oven. Not quick. And the pears Belle Helene need you to poach some pears, make sorbet with the others, stuff the pears with sorbet and top the lot with chocolate. Neither quick nor all that easy. Nor does the book reduce pantry space with its reduced ingredients; you'll want to stock up with garlic oil and hunt down pomegranate molasses, for example.
What the book does well is give you a feel for how ingredients work in a dish. Once you've sautéed asparagus in sesame oil, you'll never look back. If you're a beginner cook, you may find the book less useful, as it assumes you have basic cooking techniques. If you're an innovative and enthusiastic cook, you'll be poring over it for hours and producing some rather spectacular results.
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