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Cool Kitchen: No Oven, No Stove, No Sweat 125 Delicious, No-Work Recipes…

by Lauren Chattman

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Lauren Chattman's Cool Kitchen: No Oven, No Stove, No Sweat! 125 Delicious, No-Work Recipes For Summertime Or Anytime presents over a hundred recipes for dishes best served cold or at room temperature. While Chattman cheats occasionally by calling for previously cooked pasta and meats in her dishes, she sticks to the "no cook" shtick pretty well. Her groupings are not particularly surprising -- slaws, salads, sandwiches, fruit desserts, etc -- but each recipe still manages to sound pretty, elegant, and refreshing.

Disappointingly, my library's edition contains no photographs. Who thought that was a good idea? "Vodka-Spiked Cherry Tomatoes with Cumin-Cilantro Dipping Salt" sounds so simple, elegant, and refreshing, but without on accompanying photograph to give the recipe that extra edge, I am not inclined to waste my vodka on tomatoes.

I made four recipes from Cool Kitchens and was mostly pleased with the results. I think the sandwich recipes came out best, but the salads were nothing to sneeze at. My biggest complaint, probably, is that most of the recipes are meant to be served immediately. While this is fine for some people, it doesn't really work for me. In hot weather, I prefer to go to the fridge and pull out a Big Bowl of Something Cold and Immediately Satisfying. No faffing about with chopping and mixing and then rushing it to the table. ( )
  lagardner | May 1, 2010 |
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Cool Kitchen offers 125 recipes that are enjoyable even when the weather is not overheated. Lauren Chattman has an inventive way with familiar uncooked foods like pesto, slaws, sandwiches, and fruit desserts. The brief section on pantry staples is a useful guide that will surely spark other no-cook ideas. She cheats occasionally by using store-bought smoked turkey and smoked salmon and purchased or leftover roast beef and chicken. Menus help you assemble 15 meals for various occasions almost without cooking. (One wonders who cooks the pasta for two of Chattman's dinners or the chicken for her barbecue.) Sure-fire recipes are Curried Chickpea Spread in a Pita, White Gazpacho, and the Rum Raisin Sundae. --Dana Jacobi

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