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Our Favorite Cookbooks for Fast Meals

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Of course we love our own recipes, but sometimes we have to look to outside sources to get inspiration. We asked our editors for the names of their favorite cookbooks that focus on quick cooking. Read more to see what they said.

Here there are, in no particular order:

1. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman, food columnist at The New York Times, offers over 1000 recipes in this book. He walks the home cook through how to cook simple, everyday meals, from scrambled eggs to sandwiches. The book even has a section called "28 Meals You Can Prepare in the Time it Takes to Boil Pasta."

2. Great Food Fast by Everyday Food

Could we really talk about great, fast cookbooks without throwing our own into the mix? The recipes in our book are arranged by season so you can eat appropriately for the weather. Try one-pot roasts and stews during the winter and no-cook pasta sauces in the summer.

3. The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

Even though Alice Waters famously champions the Slow Food movement, it doesn't mean her recipes aren't fast. This cookbook emphasizes fresh, local ingredients cooked simply. Waters presents the recipes in a straightforward way and explains when you should improvise and when you shouldn't.

4. The Parchment Paper Cookbook: 180 Healthy, Fast, Delicious Dishes! by Brette Sember

Remember last week's Salmon Baked in Parchment? Now picture a whole book with parchment paper recipes. The method is fast and it doesn't leave any pots or pans to clean up. This cookbook features a variety of recipes like lasagna roll-ups and peanut butter s'mores crepes (yes, dessert is included).

5. Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast by Nigella Lawson

We've always had a soft spot for Nigella, because she's been a longtime champion of the home cook. This cookbook takes you through flavorful yet easy meals. She also tells you how to stock your pantry and what to keep on hand in your freezer.

6. Mad Hungry Cravings by Lucinda Scala Quinn

Fellow editor here, Lucinda Scala Quinn, has a new cookbook that will teach you how to avoid greasy takeout alltogether. Her recipes let you make your favorite comfort foods faster and healthier.

Comments (2)

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    Great Food Fast is one of my go-to cookbooks; in fact, I've used it twice this week already! I'm so glad that EF has a few cookbooks now that the magazine isn't monthly anymore (I still miss it!) Thank you guys for coming up with such easy, delicious recipes! Keep 'em comin'!

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    I want that last book! Just added it to my Amazon wish list!

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