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Easy Sheet Pan Cookbook by Ruthy Kirwin
Published by Rockridge Press on January 19, 2021
Genres: Non Fiction
Simple, flavorful sheet pan meals for busy home cooks
Are you often short on time at mealtime? Break out your sheet pan and the Easy Sheet Pan Cookbook! This creative cookbook is packed with quick and easy recipes that let you and your family enjoy a delicious, nourishing meal even on the busiest of days. The only cookware you’ll need is your sheet pan, making prep and cleanup a breeze.
Discover how sheet pan cooking brings out the best in meats and vegetables, tenderizing them while blending and amplifying their flavours. Get tips for buying and caring for sheet pans, and learn how you can use them to create complete meals—no matter your experience level.
The Easy Sheet Pan Cookbook includes:
**Flavorful recipes—Savor a variety of satisfying vegetarian, seafood, poultry, and meat dishes, many created with internationally inspired flavours.
**45 Minutes or less—Get meals on the table fast with recipes that take 45 minutes from start to finish—many ready in only half an hour.
**Make it your way—The handy labels in this sheet pan cookbook help you find quick-prep, 5-ingredient, and no-knife-necessary recipes.
What in the world am I supposed to do with that sheet pan someone gifted me? Well, fortunately there is a whole world of easy meals prep and a variety of recipes available in this quickly perused recipe book.
I’ve had my sheet pan for years, actually. I’ve used it on occasion for sheet desserts and fun appetizers like a tray of veggie pizza, but I suspected I wasn’t using it to its fullest potential since I tend to be a conservative cook and stick close to recipes and the pans or other cooking gear the recipe recommends. I spotted this cook book that caught my eye first with ‘sheet pan’ and then ‘easy’.
It’s pretty typical of a cookbook in that it gives introduction to the cooking tools and staple foods the user should probably on hand to make the recipes work. Next, it sorts the recipe chapters by Vegetable, Fish, Poultry, and Meat. These are lunch and dinner recipes with few that could be appetizer or breakfast and no desserts. I understand the author has another cookbook that perhaps is more expansive in that way. Since I was, in actuality, looking for a larger variety in pan use and already knew what desserts I could make on the pan, I didn’t mind.
So, the recipe sections…
Good news for vegans and vegetarians, those needing gluten-free or special health diets. The author is all inclusive. Many recipes also come with tips, add ins and variations. They are also international in flavor. Mostly Asian, but also Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, a few others besides a handful of American comfort to round it out.
I have one niggle and it likely won’t be a niggle for others, but because I do little Asian cooking beyond stir fry or steamed veggies, chicken and rice, I do not stock most of the ingredients needed and would have to almost double my grocery budget as a result. I wouldn’t be surprised if I also had to shop at online specialty food stores to get some of the ingredients unless I substituted my own. The vegan and vegetarian dishes in this one often call for vegetables and spices I’m pretty sure are also pricey if available to me locally. But, again, I think this issue might be a non-issue for those who live near a good international market, grow their own, or can buy some of the spices in larger quantities because they go through it more often.
At the time of this review, I’ve been able to make the Chicken Paprikash which was easy and delicious. Also, unlike the niggle I mentioned, these ingredients were on the shelf and inexpensive. The pan, as promised, didn’t dry out the food, but brought out its flavor nicely. I also did the Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches because my husband spotted that recipe over my shoulder and insisted (he might place that sandwich in priority order just below love of his spouse). The Beef and Mole Enchiladas are up next since we love Mexican and we both want to try the kabobs that just need to lay the cookie cooling rack inside the sheet pan like a grill. Genius, right?
In summary, this cookbook offers readers a whole world of flavorful recipes which can all be cooked on a sheet pan in the oven. The recipes are a good international cooking variety and lean toward very healthy. I thought the cookbook matched the purpose outlined in the title and blurb well.