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International bestseller! With 200 quick and easy recipes -- each with four steps or less and fewer than six ingredients -- this "cookbook sensation" (The Wall Street Journal) will be your new go-to for everyday meals. Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World answers the perpetual question, "what should I cook?" Packed with 1,000 photographs and dozens of appetizer, lunch, International bestseller! With 200 quick and easy recipes -- each with four steps or less and fewer than six ingredients -- this "cookbook sensation" (The Wall Street Journal) will be your new go-to for everyday meals. Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World answers the perpetual question, "what should I cook?" Packed with 1,000 photographs and dozens of appetizer, lunch, and dinner ideas, this easy-to-follow cookbook will have you enjoying a meal in minutes. With basic flavors and fresh ingredients, chef, food photographer, and cookbook author Jean-Françs Mallet helps anyone, the novice and gourmand alike, prepare tasty time-saving meals. His "at-a-glance" approach will change your relationship with your kitchen. Each recipe includes two to six ingredients and fewer than 4 steps. You'll find yourself whipping up dishes as varied as: Mozzarella and Fig Skewers Sausage, Rosemary, and Lemon Mini Pizzas Parmesan Chorizo Muffins Spaghetti Bolognese with Crab Peanut Chicken Saute Flank Steak with Crispy Shallots BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Jumbo Shrimp Curry Swordfish Kebabs with Saffron Nutella Bake and 190 more!


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International bestseller! With 200 quick and easy recipes -- each with four steps or less and fewer than six ingredients -- this "cookbook sensation" (The Wall Street Journal) will be your new go-to for everyday meals. Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World answers the perpetual question, "what should I cook?" Packed with 1,000 photographs and dozens of appetizer, lunch, International bestseller! With 200 quick and easy recipes -- each with four steps or less and fewer than six ingredients -- this "cookbook sensation" (The Wall Street Journal) will be your new go-to for everyday meals. Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World answers the perpetual question, "what should I cook?" Packed with 1,000 photographs and dozens of appetizer, lunch, and dinner ideas, this easy-to-follow cookbook will have you enjoying a meal in minutes. With basic flavors and fresh ingredients, chef, food photographer, and cookbook author Jean-Françs Mallet helps anyone, the novice and gourmand alike, prepare tasty time-saving meals. His "at-a-glance" approach will change your relationship with your kitchen. Each recipe includes two to six ingredients and fewer than 4 steps. You'll find yourself whipping up dishes as varied as: Mozzarella and Fig Skewers Sausage, Rosemary, and Lemon Mini Pizzas Parmesan Chorizo Muffins Spaghetti Bolognese with Crab Peanut Chicken Saute Flank Steak with Crispy Shallots BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Jumbo Shrimp Curry Swordfish Kebabs with Saffron Nutella Bake and 190 more!

30 review for Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    Pros: short and sweet recipes with fresh ingredients. Pictures were pretty. Cons: literally nothing looked even remotely edible and this was some Ina Garten level "preserved lemons taken from the hills outside of Provençal are best, but store bought are fine" pretentiousness. My husband was giving everything ratings with a "stereotypical French laugh" meter. It was a LOT of pretentious laughs. Gaston wouldn't eat this food, and he is literally a pretentious jerk from Provençal. Maybe this is that Pros: short and sweet recipes with fresh ingredients. Pictures were pretty. Cons: literally nothing looked even remotely edible and this was some Ina Garten level "preserved lemons taken from the hills outside of Provençal are best, but store bought are fine" pretentiousness. My husband was giving everything ratings with a "stereotypical French laugh" meter. It was a LOT of pretentious laughs. Gaston wouldn't eat this food, and he is literally a pretentious jerk from Provençal. Maybe this is that famous French culinary history I've heard so much about. If so, maybe I'll be crossing France off the "places to visit" bucket list. It's either that or starve.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marius

    La plupart des livres de cuisine sont impraticables et les recettes sur Internet pas toujours fiables. L'enjeu est donc louable et la promesse très bien tenue. A noter que l'auteur a travaillé dans des restaurants gastronomiques de prestige, ce n'est donc pas du copié-collé, ni un ensemble de fausses recettes simples comme on voit parfois (type poisson + gros sel = poisson au gros sel). On y trouve entre autres des plats courants (spaghettis bolognaise, boeuf bourguignon...) dont on rencontre d'h La plupart des livres de cuisine sont impraticables et les recettes sur Internet pas toujours fiables. L'enjeu est donc louable et la promesse très bien tenue. A noter que l'auteur a travaillé dans des restaurants gastronomiques de prestige, ce n'est donc pas du copié-collé, ni un ensemble de fausses recettes simples comme on voit parfois (type poisson + gros sel = poisson au gros sel). On y trouve entre autres des plats courants (spaghettis bolognaise, boeuf bourguignon...) dont on rencontre d'habitude des recettes chronophages et dilatées. D'un point de vue autant visuel que gustatif, les résultats sont tout à fait satisfaisants. Pour un frustré de la cuisine comme moi qui ne demande qu'à retrouver le fumet du four et le crépitement de la crevette, c'est une sorte de Graal. M. Mallet a aussi écrit un livre similaire de cuisine light ; un autre dédié aux desserts paraîtra en août 2016.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Mijn recensie over dit boek kan je lezen via mijn blog op https://boeklovers.wordpress.com/2016... Mijn recensie over dit boek kan je lezen via mijn blog op https://boeklovers.wordpress.com/2016...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Obviously, this being a cookbook and a pretty thick one at that, I haven't read every single recipe much less tried all of them, but I have tried a few of them and I can confidently say that this is an excellent cookbook for someone just getting into cooking for the first time. Each recipe has as few ingredients as possible and the instructions are always simple. Of course there are few caveats: -Many of the recipes do include canned or pre-prepared ingredients, so take that as you will -I can't vou Obviously, this being a cookbook and a pretty thick one at that, I haven't read every single recipe much less tried all of them, but I have tried a few of them and I can confidently say that this is an excellent cookbook for someone just getting into cooking for the first time. Each recipe has as few ingredients as possible and the instructions are always simple. Of course there are few caveats: -Many of the recipes do include canned or pre-prepared ingredients, so take that as you will -I can't vouch that all the recipes are the healthiest, I'd say tastiness is more of a priority over healthfulness, so just beware of that. -The instructions are somewhat brief, if you are a new cook you will probably have to google the explanation for how to do certain things. Out of the 200 recipes, I've only tried about 4 of them but 3 of those turned out really well and were super-easy: -Veal Ragout (delicious!) (page 178) -Chicken Cashew (super easy!) (page 246) -Quiche Lorraine (impresses people yet super easy!) (page 22) I am confident there will be many other winners among the remaining 196 recipes. I also like that there is such a variety of dishes, from pies to stews, lot of very meaty dishes, lots of appetizers, pretty much everything that you can think of. I have not tried out a lot of other similar cookbooks, so there may be better books of this type, but this is definitely the best I've seen so far. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eréndira

    Le principe est sympa, mais je préfère les autres livres de la collection. Ici, il s'agit d'acheter des ingrédients de luxe et les assembler pour avoir des plats surprenants recevoir du monde. Mon avis est partagé, car ce type d'ingrédients je préfère les réserver pour une cuisine plus complexe. Mais bien sûr, d'un autre côté, avec Simplissime il n'y a pas de risque tout rater et devoir tout jeter à la poubelle. Les autres livres de la collection, avec des ingrédients plus courants, ne me posent Le principe est sympa, mais je préfère les autres livres de la collection. Ici, il s'agit d'acheter des ingrédients de luxe et les assembler pour avoir des plats surprenants recevoir du monde. Mon avis est partagé, car ce type d'ingrédients je préfère les réserver pour une cuisine plus complexe. Mais bien sûr, d'un autre côté, avec Simplissime il n'y a pas de risque tout rater et devoir tout jeter à la poubelle. Les autres livres de la collection, avec des ingrédients plus courants, ne me posent pas ce problème.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    I bought this as a Christmas gift for one of my friends, and liked it so much I decided to keep it for myself. So far we've tried nearly all the chicken recipes, several side dishes, salads, and a few of the pork and pasta dishes. Every single recipe has been a total winner, crazy delish and full of flavor! Even when the technique sounds a bit wonky it turns out. Cannot get enough of this cookbook. I bought this as a Christmas gift for one of my friends, and liked it so much I decided to keep it for myself. So far we've tried nearly all the chicken recipes, several side dishes, salads, and a few of the pork and pasta dishes. Every single recipe has been a total winner, crazy delish and full of flavor! Even when the technique sounds a bit wonky it turns out. Cannot get enough of this cookbook.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan Green

    I enjoyed this book! It has enlarged pictures of the ingredients AND the final product. Some recipes require some ingredients that are hard to get. Overall, it’s a really nice book! I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review. Read my 3-star review of Simple Healthy: The Easiest Light Cookbook in the World by Jean-François Mallet https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I enjoyed this book! It has enlarged pictures of the ingredients AND the final product. Some recipes require some ingredients that are hard to get. Overall, it’s a really nice book! I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review. Read my 3-star review of Simple Healthy: The Easiest Light Cookbook in the World by Jean-François Mallet https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    I love this cookbook! Each recipe has very few steps and very few ingredients, which suits my cooking style really well. I love the big photographs of the ingredients and the very straightforward instructions. I want to try the Mediterranean Meatballs and the Rigatoni with Eggplant.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I won another book (Simple Healthy: The Easiest Light Cookbook in the World) in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and they sent me this one, too! It's a huge cookbook with big photos, easy instructions, and an index arranged by ingredient. The recipes in here are more appetizing than the ones in the Light cookbook (more meat and treats). I really appreciate this book because I glaze over when I see long, complicated recipes. I won another book (Simple Healthy: The Easiest Light Cookbook in the World) in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and they sent me this one, too! It's a huge cookbook with big photos, easy instructions, and an index arranged by ingredient. The recipes in here are more appetizing than the ones in the Light cookbook (more meat and treats). I really appreciate this book because I glaze over when I see long, complicated recipes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    A fair cookbook for a novice cook. Clear instructions, decent photography.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie H.

    I'm leaning 3 1/2 to 4 stars on Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World. While I very much appreciate the premise that all recipes in the book are limited to a max. of six ingredients, I think that some of the accompanying explanation might benefit from less brevity. Accompanying photos are always helpful, esp. if one is trying something new, it provides a destination toward which one is looking. Simple... contains predominantly entrees with a few desserts toward book's end. I'm confident that I'm leaning 3 1/2 to 4 stars on Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World. While I very much appreciate the premise that all recipes in the book are limited to a max. of six ingredients, I think that some of the accompanying explanation might benefit from less brevity. Accompanying photos are always helpful, esp. if one is trying something new, it provides a destination toward which one is looking. Simple... contains predominantly entrees with a few desserts toward book's end. I'm confident that this will prove a useful cookbook for weeknight recipes--not that these are particularly fast to cook, but just that the quick stop at the grocery is just that, before getting home to the chopping and other prep. I'm glad to have this book in my arsenal, and look forward to making my way through more of it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bernice

    This is the most basic book and it's really useless to anyone who can cook. One cannot even call them recipes as such, all it involves is putting a few ingredients together which would result in a very average outcome. To say it's French cooking would make any French chef shudder. Since when is risotto and pasta dishes French? The "recipes" are so misleading as to be insulting to a reasonable home cook! Risotto made by adding all the stock at once and stirring with just wine, saffron and Parmesa This is the most basic book and it's really useless to anyone who can cook. One cannot even call them recipes as such, all it involves is putting a few ingredients together which would result in a very average outcome. To say it's French cooking would make any French chef shudder. Since when is risotto and pasta dishes French? The "recipes" are so misleading as to be insulting to a reasonable home cook! Risotto made by adding all the stock at once and stirring with just wine, saffron and Parmesan would be terrible. Don't even bother with this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This is the best cookbook I've ever seen!. Great pictures for every single recipe, relatively easy to find ingredients, and clear straightforward instructions. This would not be a great cookbook for someone just learning how to cook since the instructions are quite simple, but it's fantastic for someone who is comfortable in the kitchen. The recipes are quite rich, usually with lots of oil and butter, but adjustments could easily be made if you're looking for something with less calories. Overal This is the best cookbook I've ever seen!. Great pictures for every single recipe, relatively easy to find ingredients, and clear straightforward instructions. This would not be a great cookbook for someone just learning how to cook since the instructions are quite simple, but it's fantastic for someone who is comfortable in the kitchen. The recipes are quite rich, usually with lots of oil and butter, but adjustments could easily be made if you're looking for something with less calories. Overall an amazing cookbook.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    What a wonderfully laid out cookbook. Simple recipes, that transform into deliciousness! I'm going to be working my way through this giant of a book slowly. The recipes are just as advertised, with clear, well written instructions. I am thinking this will be a great go to cookbook. I especially appreciate the clear, and large type face. I live with an aging parent and her sight isn't great, and she can see these recipes clearly. What a wonderfully laid out cookbook. Simple recipes, that transform into deliciousness! I'm going to be working my way through this giant of a book slowly. The recipes are just as advertised, with clear, well written instructions. I am thinking this will be a great go to cookbook. I especially appreciate the clear, and large type face. I live with an aging parent and her sight isn't great, and she can see these recipes clearly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alli

    I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway for an honest review. This book is huge first of all; it's at least an inch thick. The recipes are really easy to follow and they all look super delicious. I'm happy I got my copy before I went grocery shopping; I can't wait to taste test! My one critique is the lack of obvious sections. They seem to be organized into sections, but it's not clear where one starts and one ends. I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway for an honest review. This book is huge first of all; it's at least an inch thick. The recipes are really easy to follow and they all look super delicious. I'm happy I got my copy before I went grocery shopping; I can't wait to taste test! My one critique is the lack of obvious sections. They seem to be organized into sections, but it's not clear where one starts and one ends.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    *goodreads giveaway, received for free* This cookbook really is simple! I looked through all of it last night, and am real excited to try quite a few of them! But like another reviewer said, it could have had a better layout.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is a great cookbook with lots of pictures. The recipes are elegant and delicious! We've made several of them so far and really enjoyed them. This is a great cookbook with lots of pictures. The recipes are elegant and delicious! We've made several of them so far and really enjoyed them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ma Coach

    Superbe en tous points !

  19. 5 out of 5

    Xondra Day

    * Copy via Goodreads First Reads from the publisher * Excellent cookbook with so many easy to follow recipes. I was amazed at how many recipes are included!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tuesday

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Andión Barreiro

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally

  23. 4 out of 5

    H. Santos

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hachette Books

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Jiaqi Duan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Astartiée

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brandi quisenberry

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marckian

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