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From the world's most trusted cooking experts, 1,100 great recipes to get weeknight dinners on the table fast Inspired by the popular "Fast Easy Fresh" feature in Bon Appetit and written in the user-friendly, approachable style so familiar to the magazine's 6 million readers, this cookbook is a must for people who want everyday dinners that are quick, delicious, and contem From the world's most trusted cooking experts, 1,100 great recipes to get weeknight dinners on the table fast Inspired by the popular "Fast Easy Fresh" feature in Bon Appetit and written in the user-friendly, approachable style so familiar to the magazine's 6 million readers, this cookbook is a must for people who want everyday dinners that are quick, delicious, and contemporary. These are not the old-fashioned, lackluster choices found in most 30-minute cookbooks and cooking shows. The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook is all about ease, speed—and taste. There are 1,100 exciting, flavorful recipes, with dishes that take a fun, modern spin like Arugula Salad with Olives, Pancetta, and Parmesan; Roasted Garlic Beef Stew; Linguine with Winter Pesto; Shrimp with Ginger-Herb Butter; Grilled Steak with Fresh Garden Herbs; and Peach Pie with Berry Jam. All of the recipes are simple enough for weeknights, but with their focus on fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors, they're really special enough for weekends, too. Illustrated throughout with handsome line drawings and 32 pages of beautiful new color photographs, this collection of favorite Bon Appetit recipes is sure to quickly become the go-to resource for home cooks everywhere, whether they're beginners or simply looking to stay on top of their game. For everyone who's eager to make truly satisfying and delicious meals—without spending a lot of time in the kitchen—this is the cookbook to reach for every night of the week.


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From the world's most trusted cooking experts, 1,100 great recipes to get weeknight dinners on the table fast Inspired by the popular "Fast Easy Fresh" feature in Bon Appetit and written in the user-friendly, approachable style so familiar to the magazine's 6 million readers, this cookbook is a must for people who want everyday dinners that are quick, delicious, and contem From the world's most trusted cooking experts, 1,100 great recipes to get weeknight dinners on the table fast Inspired by the popular "Fast Easy Fresh" feature in Bon Appetit and written in the user-friendly, approachable style so familiar to the magazine's 6 million readers, this cookbook is a must for people who want everyday dinners that are quick, delicious, and contemporary. These are not the old-fashioned, lackluster choices found in most 30-minute cookbooks and cooking shows. The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook is all about ease, speed—and taste. There are 1,100 exciting, flavorful recipes, with dishes that take a fun, modern spin like Arugula Salad with Olives, Pancetta, and Parmesan; Roasted Garlic Beef Stew; Linguine with Winter Pesto; Shrimp with Ginger-Herb Butter; Grilled Steak with Fresh Garden Herbs; and Peach Pie with Berry Jam. All of the recipes are simple enough for weeknights, but with their focus on fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors, they're really special enough for weekends, too. Illustrated throughout with handsome line drawings and 32 pages of beautiful new color photographs, this collection of favorite Bon Appetit recipes is sure to quickly become the go-to resource for home cooks everywhere, whether they're beginners or simply looking to stay on top of their game. For everyone who's eager to make truly satisfying and delicious meals—without spending a lot of time in the kitchen—this is the cookbook to reach for every night of the week.

30 review for The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the PERFECT cookbook for someone who wants to make easy meals with lots of fresh ingredients. I'm a huge Epicurious.com user and realized that I'd already made a few of these recipes that are found on that website. I'm provisionally giving it 5 stars, though that number could change as I make more recipes. I feel so incredibly lucky to have won through GoodReads such a wonderful cookbook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Update: I've now had this book for two years. It's June 2012. I set it aside for over a year while struggling with finicky eaters. We still have the same eaters.....but this month I opened it again and tried some more recipes. I was not disappointed. It was so worth it to make a child's meal on the side, so that Perry and I could enjoy the meals. I tried the black-bottom peanut butter mousse pie for Father's Day, as well as the Chicken Cheddar Quesadillas with Tomato Corn Salsa. I actually dream Update: I've now had this book for two years. It's June 2012. I set it aside for over a year while struggling with finicky eaters. We still have the same eaters.....but this month I opened it again and tried some more recipes. I was not disappointed. It was so worth it to make a child's meal on the side, so that Perry and I could enjoy the meals. I tried the black-bottom peanut butter mousse pie for Father's Day, as well as the Chicken Cheddar Quesadillas with Tomato Corn Salsa. I actually dreamed about the pie, it was so good. I also ate a little more than I should...considering it was Perry's pie technically. I could not restrain myself. The best way to describe these recipes is that they are fast enough for any day of the week, yet still very special and unique. Both of the above meals were really something different and special, but they were easy to pull off in not much time. (Original review) I'm still in the middle of this book. But since this book has made me smile every hour of the day I'm writing a pre-review here. Usually I have a one-night stand with a cookbook before taking it back to the library. This one is entirely useful to me. It contains 1,100 recipes, and although the first 62 pages are ignorable, at least for me and my tastes, the rest of it is proving to be outstanding. The layout of the book is easy. The tips are actually helpful, and the recipes contain ingredients that I actually do use and that our family likes. They are quick to make but don't taste or look like hamburger helper. New twists on old things make some recipes extra special. New flavors put together also help a lot. In just one week, every single recipe I've tried, I've liked. Lemon-buttermilk ice pops for my children (took care of a bunch of leftovers in my fridge for me), spicy peanut chicken for me and Perry, cheese ravioli with old-fashioned meat sauce, and the Best Ever BLTs. Yum. ---

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Pinson

    i'm buying this. i've made five or six recipes from it, and we liked them all -- with the exception of a pork tenderloin dish that alex thought was too weird, what with all the cinnamon & cloves. this is a very useful cookbook, with unusual but not-too-out-there recipes, using mostly ingredients i regularly buy, in combinations i wouldn't usually think of. however: while the pasta salad with shrimp, roasted peppers & fennel was delicious, it was neither fast nor easy. (unless, of course, your pa i'm buying this. i've made five or six recipes from it, and we liked them all -- with the exception of a pork tenderloin dish that alex thought was too weird, what with all the cinnamon & cloves. this is a very useful cookbook, with unusual but not-too-out-there recipes, using mostly ingredients i regularly buy, in combinations i wouldn't usually think of. however: while the pasta salad with shrimp, roasted peppers & fennel was delicious, it was neither fast nor easy. (unless, of course, your pasta and shrimp are already cooked and your fennel is already cut.) just saying.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

    Another mammoth collection from Bon Appetit! I have made several of the recipes and have loved all but one of them (the cornbread recipe that I tried was bland and way too dense, but it said it's supposed to be more dense than regular cornbreads so maybe the recipe is okay and I just don't like it). I have only just scratched the service, but I can say that these recipes really are fast, easy, and fresh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I really like this cookbook. I was somewhat intimidated at first because Bon Appetit recipes can be challenging, especially trying to find obscure ingredients that some of the recipes call for. I love the Coconut Basmati Rice recipe! I like the layout of the cookbook as well. I highly recommend this cookbook!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    There are some good recipes here, but there are also a lot that don't really meet the stated criteria of the book. I am not sure if it is worth the time to cull out the ones you want. Yes, I found a few recipes that I might make again, but not that many.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I borrowed this from my library and tabbed so many recipes that I have to buy it. I tried a number of recipes already and they were good. A great book if you want to make something quick, but condensed soup scares you. These are recipes for real food.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Outstanding cookbook. I've probably made 100 or more of these recipes and not a bad one in the mix.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Briggs

    Oatmeal spice cookies - 4 stars - loved these Warm Spinach Dip - 3 stars - easy and ok, not great Fettuccine Quatro formaggi - 3.5 stars - easy and delicious grown up mac and cheese cheddar cheese stuffed burgers - 4 stars - a little technique to stuff the burgers but these were so savory and tasty they didn't need any toppings Chai spice almond cookies - 1.5 stars - not worth it at all Red Pepper Pesto - 4 stars - this was supposed to be an appetizer but grill the chicken breasts whole and serve wit Oatmeal spice cookies - 4 stars - loved these Warm Spinach Dip - 3 stars - easy and ok, not great Fettuccine Quatro formaggi - 3.5 stars - easy and delicious grown up mac and cheese cheddar cheese stuffed burgers - 4 stars - a little technique to stuff the burgers but these were so savory and tasty they didn't need any toppings Chai spice almond cookies - 1.5 stars - not worth it at all Red Pepper Pesto - 4 stars - this was supposed to be an appetizer but grill the chicken breasts whole and serve with pasta and it's a fantastic dinner with excellent leftover potential! Baby loved this too! Lamb with pomegranate cumin glaze - 3.9 stars - easy - just need to plan ahead for marinating time - baby took chunks of the lamb and sucked on them like a pacifier Pasta with chicken, curly endive and blue cheese - 2.7 stars - this was ok, a few simple things would have made it so much better, a spicy rub on the chicken, peaches or nectarines added in. dilled chicken chowder - 3 stars - a nice easy meal black and white bean salsa - 3 stars - easy - good in tacos or with shrimp grilled steak with fresh garden herbs - 2.2 stars - the ingredient list for the herbs is massive, we didn't care for this but would we have liked a different combo of herbs better? not going to try again so we'll have to leave it to the philosophers Spicy Asian Pasta Salad: 2 stars - easy but still not really worth it Chicken Bouillabaise: 3 stars - to be fair, I got the ratio on this totally messed up so it could be better if done correctly aromatic yellow rice: 4 stars - this was really good! we've made this several times. spiced beef tenderloin steaks with spicy mango salsa: 4 stars - easy and delicious, a little kick from the jalapeno but not too hot oatmeal buttermilk pancakes: 4 stars - the oatmeal makes these really hearty sundried tomato burgers - 2 stars - these were good but not worth extra work and ingredients potato leek and fennel soup - 3 stars, easy but not amazing Lime fool with strawberries: 3.5 stars - refreshing on a warm day, came together in an hour. Utterly delightful Root Beer Granita: 3.5 stars - easy, delicious thoroughly enjoyed it Lemon Bread: 3 stars - not the best lemon cake I've ever had but easy and tasty - citrusy without being too tart Goat Cheese and Herb Souffles: 4 stars - Surprisingly filling and rich without being heavy, would make a great lunch with a salad Tomato Cucumber Sandwiches with Garlic BUtter: 4 stars - I wish I had used focaccia instead of ciabatta, but this was delicious and suprisingly filling

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Batz

    A pretty good daily cookbook with TONS of ideas that work on busy weeknights. A lot of the recipes are good basics, but often come out missing something; my theory is that these recipes have been simplified quite a bit from more complicated, fuller dishes. This can actually be a good thing because it gives you a starting point, but forces you to think on your feet a bit and tweak on the fly. The two recipes that have become standards in our house are the butternut squash chili and the pork tende A pretty good daily cookbook with TONS of ideas that work on busy weeknights. A lot of the recipes are good basics, but often come out missing something; my theory is that these recipes have been simplified quite a bit from more complicated, fuller dishes. This can actually be a good thing because it gives you a starting point, but forces you to think on your feet a bit and tweak on the fly. The two recipes that have become standards in our house are the butternut squash chili and the pork tenderloin with cherry chutney.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    My first time through this, I didn't really like it - too many recipes can overwhelm. But I pulled it out again the other day and took a little more time looking through it, and am now loving it! Great recipes, mostly from scratch which is how I like to cook. ( :

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Absolutely fantastic! All dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less, and we're talking gourmet-level stuff. I have never had anything turn out poorly, and the elegent recipes are ideal for dinner parties. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    recommended CL Oct 2012

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    actually the best thing you could do is get the orange book and the green book by Fairchild The Bon Appetit Cookbook [orange] The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh [green] the pair are one of those books that the more you study it over time, the more you appreciate it think of it as a mid-way point between Craig Clairborne's 1962 New York Times Cookbook with the Green Martha Stewart one - The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes for Every Day from 1995. half-way between traditional and weird, actually the best thing you could do is get the orange book and the green book by Fairchild The Bon Appetit Cookbook [orange] The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh [green] the pair are one of those books that the more you study it over time, the more you appreciate it think of it as a mid-way point between Craig Clairborne's 1962 New York Times Cookbook with the Green Martha Stewart one - The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes for Every Day from 1995. half-way between traditional and weird, but not too traditional, and not too weird I think of the shiny orange and green set as probably the best collection of recipes by the ton for the 2000s decade

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Good compilation that's reminiscent of Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: 404 Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. I've bookmarked a number of vegetarian recipes (though there are plenty of meat-involved ones) to make. Good compilation that's reminiscent of Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: 404 Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. I've bookmarked a number of vegetarian recipes (though there are plenty of meat-involved ones) to make.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily Von pfahl

    I haven't had the opportunity to try very many of the recipes in this book as many of the ingredients are hard to find where I live or expensive. However, the ones I have tried have been delicious and I hope to try more of them soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Dee

    I like the layout and have found a dozen recipes to try.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Almost too big to use. Modified a marinade for veggies which turned out nicely.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Malisa

    This was a gift from my kiddos and have only tried a few of the abundant recipes in this tome but so far so YUMMY......

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    Collection of recipes from Bon Appetit magazine. Recipes for a mixture of skill levels are in this collection.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    Good resource, lots of recipes, well indexed, but this one doesn't inspire me as much as many others. (More picture might help!)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It could use more pictures, but other than that I am totally in love with this cookbook.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Who doesn't love a cookbook? And this one is sorted so well!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana Gotsch

    A little disappointed in this one. Of the recipes 9 I tried most were just O.K. Not bad but not outstanding either. Only 2 were good enough to copy for future use. I expected more from Bon Appetit.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    From what I have seen so far, this is a great cookbook, one I will add to my to-buy list...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tinafb

    I ended up copying about 10 recipes from this book, but could've copied more. Some were very basic, so good for beginning cooks. Some were more complex.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paula

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mikhaila Noble-pace

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  30. 4 out of 5

    laura a

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