We know you love to eat delicious home cooking. Now you can make flavor-rich, satisfying, nutritious meals in minutes and get out of the kitchen — fast.

                In COOKING LIGHT THE COMPLETE QUICK COOK: A Practical Guide to Smart, Fast Home Cooking (Oxmoor House; November 8, 2011; $29.95), award-winning cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have prepared a cornucopia of more than 200 mouthwatering recipes—most of which can be made in less than 30 minutes. Each recipe contains clever, timesaving strategies and tips to guide you from grocery store to table with the greatest taste and less fuss.

                Created with the editors of Cooking Light, America’s leading food/lifestyle magazine and authority on fresh, wholesome cooking, COOKING LIGHT THE COMPLETE QUICK COOK takes away the stress for time-pressed cooks. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough share their secrets, from quick-cook cuts of meat and vegetables and 10 secrets to becoming a great quick cook, to planning your meals, speeding up shopping, finding ingredients, stocking and organizing a kitchen — even cleaning up more quickly.

                Their principle is pleasure: big tastes, fresh ingredients, family favorites, and new ways to serve the meals everyone wants. In COOKING LIGHT THE COMPLETE QUICK COOK, Bruce and Mark offer a wide range of food from yummy breakfast recipes — including 12 smart ideas for breakfast on-the-go, super-simple entrées and easy pantry suppers, to fast and elegant selections for special occasions, and salad boosters to add variety and snap to your favorite greens. They also offer desserts to die for (Vanilla-Roasted Strawberries, Tropical Fruit Ambrosia with Rum, Monkey Bars, Spiced Figs in Red Wine, and more), and ideas for making a meal a standout with tasty make-ahead sauces, marinades, rubs, vinaigrettes, aioli, and pesto.


COOKING LIGHT THE COMPLETE QUICK COOK also delivers a lively range of seasoned advice:

  • Essential Kitchen Tools – Whether setting up your first kitchen or paring down to the basics, here are 12 tools for savvy quick cooks;
  • Herbs Every Cook Should Stock – Taking a dish from good to great with 11 fresh herbs;
  • 10 Fabulous Dishes that Start with a Rotisserie Chicken – One of their strategies for letting the supermarket do the work for you and they share ten great ideas for taking chicken in new directions;
  • Switching it Up – Bruce and Mark help home cooks stay out of a cooking rut with a clever produce substitution guide, suggesting fresh ideas for standards like onions, carrots, green beans, and potatoes;
  • Savvy Secrets – Including “cook fewer times than you eat” and timesaver make-ahead meals;
  • Beyond Oatmeal – Super-fast ways to start the day with fabulous breakfasts, including whole-grain hot cereals and flavorful add-ins that are less than 100 calories each;
  • Lettuce 101 – The 12 essential greens and lettuces that make salads sing;
  • Six Meals with Frozen Vegetables – Shortcuts you will love for soups, stir-fries, pastas, tacos, plus;
  • Superfast Sides – For weeknight dinners, like Rapid Ratatouille, Broccoli with Crushed Red Pepper and Toasted Garlic, Spinach with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins, Indian-Spiced Okra, and more;
  • Making Magic with Bottled Marinara Sauce – Take marinara six distinct ways in an Italian Omelet, Baked Fish Fillets, No-Fuss Chicken Cacciatore, Quick Minestrone, Mussels Fra Diavolo, and Vegetables Marinara;
  • Six Simple Sauces to Jazz Up Chicken Breast – Spicy Orange, White Wine, Tangy Mustard, Parsley Pesto, Classic Vinaigrette, and Creamy White sauce;
  • Mise-En Place – How to “set in place” a home kitchen, like the great chefs do, to save energy and time;
  • Secrets to a Well-Stocked Pantry – The Complete Quick Cook pantry essentials for freezer, refrigerator, and cabinets — so you don’t always have to shop to whip up a great-tasting, quick and easy nutritious meal.


Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 color photos showing finished dishes, proven techniques, and timesaving products, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough’s COOKING LIGHT THE COMPLETE QUICK COOK is a lifestyle manual that will help every home cook have more time to enjoy the conversation around the table with family and friends.



About the Authors

Bestselling authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have written 20 cookbooks with multiple awards among titles including the Ultimate cookbook series, Cooking for Two, Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It!, Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter, and Real Food Has Curves. They have contributed to food and travel magazines such as Gourmet, Eating Well, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Wine Spectator, and have written for Cooking Light for almost a decade. They are also regularly invited as guests on national television shows including “Today,” “The Early Show,” “The View,” and “Fox & Friends.”


COOKING LIGHT THE COMPLETE QUICK COOK: A Practical Guide to Smart, Fast Home Cooking

By Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

Oxmoor House; November 8, 2011; $29.95; More than 400 color photos

ISBN-10: 0-8487-3442-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-8487-3442-8