Kelly the Culinarian: Media meal: Classic 30-Minute Meals

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Media meal: Classic 30-Minute Meals

Happy Halloween! It's a foodie holiday, really. I can't decide what I'm most excited about -- the costumes and candy today or the half-priced candy tomorrow.

Regardless, I know my birthday was last week, but it only comes once a year and I'm going to live it up. Let me share with you one of my favorite gifts that Tim got me for my birthday: Classic 30-Minute Meals by none other than Rachael Ray. I love Rachael Ray to begin with and have many of her books. When I had a television, I really enjoyed watching her shows. I think I only started watching the Food Network in college because she was on it.

This is the first hardcover book that I have from her collection and it's quite a find. It's a compilation of her greatest hits from other various cookbooks and travels. I've seen some of the recipes before, but it's nice to have them all in one place and categorized into sections like everyday, date nights and parties. The recipes are the same sort of thing you'd expect on her shows: fast and simple with recognizable and easy to find ingredients.
I also like the layout of the book (I'm a newspaper kid, what can I say, I notice these things). The font, colors and placement of many, many photos bring a scrapbook feel to the book. And I love having so many photos! I tend to cook better when I know what the final product should look like -- even if mine doesn't quite turn out like that. There are also pictures of her various shows and Rachael as a child. Only because she's a celebrity does all of that work in this book. I see you can snag a copy on Amazon for $14 or so, so check it out. It's worth the minimal investment.

10 comments:

daphne said...

Sounds great. She hasn't arrive in Aus but will keep a lookout.

Big Boys Oven said...

Oh! Happy Belated Birthday!!!!xxxxooxxxxxoooxxx

Sirisha Kilambi said...

That was a cute gift Kelly......So how was ur Halloween..?

Asha said...

I have few books of hers, she is quite good, very chirpy. 30 min meals does help you in your kitchen. Enjoy.
Hope you had a fun Halloween night yesterday!:))

Taylor said...

I'm not a Rachel fan, but I do love cookbooks with photos. And 30 minute meals. Hey...

ZoeyBella said...

Food Network is a screensaver for me in my house. I sometimes forget there are other channels on the grid to watch! ;)

Nora B. said...

Hi Kelly, I've not heard of R.Ray, so thanks for the introduction. 30 min meals will come in handy, although I've always been a slow cook, taking my time, so it's usually not the recipe's fault! ;-)

Retno Prihadana said...

I hope it´s not too late to say" Happy Birthday" Kelly. Wish you all the best!

Cynthia said...

Glad you like your gift.

Kate / Kajal said...

i've just heard of actually , due to all the blogging publicity.Will have to chk out her book.