Okay, Rachael Ray fans, tell me you already went out to get Rachael's newest cookbook - Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book: Her Biggest Ever Collection of All-New 30-Minute Meals Plus Kosher Meals, Meals for One, Veggie Dinners, Holiday Favorites, and Much More!, which was published yesterday.
I'm such a dork that I like to go to the store and pick up the book on the day it is published. But then I looked at the Amazon link above and saw that I paid five bucks too much! Boo!
I've only had the new cookbook for about a day, but I love what I've seen so far. If you like the look of Yum-o! The Family Cookbook, with its glossier pages and lots of pictures, then you will like this one, too. There isn't a picture for every recipe, but there are a ton of pictures scattered throughout the cookbook (instead of all in once place like Rach's previous books). The introduction notes that this is the largest collection of recipes that Rachael has put together and she emphasizes buying locally and savoring every bite!
This one is organized by type of meal: 30-Minute Meals, Entree Burgers, Vegetarian Meals, Kosher Meals, Meals for One, A Little More than 30 Minutes...But Worth it, From My Family to Yours, Starters and Sides, and Holiday Menus. In the 30-minute Meals section, the recipes are organized by Soups and Sammies, Pasta, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, and Pork, Fish, and BLD (Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Winners).
A very cool new feature in this cookbook is the little "square meal" symbol. As I've mentioned before, I really like recipes that do all the thinking for me, so I don't have to figure out what sides to serve with the entree. For some of the more complicated meals with more than course, Rach has an orange square next to the title to indicate that the recipe is "broken into individual recipes so that the ingredient lists are easier to follow." Other multi-course meals with shorter ingredient lists are presented all in one recipe.
I recognize many of the recipes from Rachael's magazine and talk show, but they appear to be mostly new ones. If you are into buffalo flavored stuff, you are in for a treat. There are no less than four buffalo recipes, including burgers, a pot pie, meatballs, and chili mac.
On my list of recipes to try are Jaw-Droppingly Delicious Asparagus-Penne, Cobb Salad Turkey Burgers and Oven Fries (very similar), Mighty Migas, and Ginger Flank Steak with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and Sesame Soy Green Beans and Peppers. These probably jumped out at me because I have seen them elsewhere, but there are too many interesting ones to list!
Have you picked up the book yet? Any recipes you flagged to try?