Cheap & Easy

Cheap & Easy

A Cookbook for Girls on the Go

Illustrated by: Vin Ganapathy
A gourmet-inspired cookbook for making meals on the cheap and easy
Girl, meet spatula.


With simple recipes for quick-fix meals and practical tips for stocking your freezer and pantry so that you always have what you need on hand, Cheap & Easy is an inspiration for those who are stymied by their tight kitchens and even tighter budgets.
Sandra Bark and Alexis Kanfer created the dishes in Cheap & Easy as an escape from too much takeout. Their recipes deliver maximum flavor with minimal work and include:

• The Independent Pancake: bakes in the oven so you can hang out with your guests
• Fred and Ginger Pumpkin Soup: perfect for a weeknight
• Lazy Girl's Lasagna: a time-saving version of the classic
• Blenderella: the margarita grows up and goes to the ball
• Smart Cookie: one recipe, many flavors

From comfort food to elegant entrées, from wholesome salads to that first sweet bite, Bark and Kanfer cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner; brunch; cocktails; and brown-bag specials perfect for work and the beach. They include plenty of choices for vegetarians and carnivores alike, with "playing the field" sections so you can vary the recipes.
So delete the Chinese place from speed dial because whether you are preparing for a spur-of-the-moment dinner party, an evening with your sweetie, or a movie night for you and the dog, Cheap & Easy is the only cookbook you will ever need.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 176 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743250542 | 
  • April 2004
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Introduction: Little Miss Hubbard

If you're like us, you enjoy cooking -- or want to -- but too many recipes seem insurmountable, with ingredients you've never heard of and preparation times that would stress June Cleaver. Sure, we want the gourmet dinner, but there are some major obstacles between us and our three-course meal, like our long day at work, our half-empty refrigerators, and our rumbling stomachs, which will not wait.

We all want the good stuff, and we're all tired of spending half our paychecks at the deli counter or on I'll-just-be-really-cheap-tomorrow dinners. We expect gourmet fare, but we don't have the... see more

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