Cook the Book: 'The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook'

20081212bon_appetit.jpgWords by Michele Humes | This week's Cook the Book selection, Fast Easy Fresh, is the easygoing follow-up to The Bon Appétit Cookbook, with equally delicious recipes but greatly streamlined procedures. With a little creativity, the book urges, you can eat well and soon—without recourse to convenience foods.

How? Keep the ingredients list short but high-impact, and add depth to relatively basic dishes with the spices and aromatics of East Asian, North African, and Latin cuisines. The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook offers 1,100 recipes along these lines, complete with a shopping guide and a wealth of tips.

Each day this week, we'll be posting a recipe for a passed hors d'oeuvre that will dazzle the guest but spare the host, from pomegranate-glazed lamb kebabs and cheddar-scallion gougères to pancetta crisps with pear and chèvre and wonton triangles with smoked salmon.

Win 'The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook'

Thanks to the fine folks at Wiley, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook. In the comments below, just tell us your favorite quick weeknight supper dish.

Special bonus: each copy comes with a free one-year (12-issue) subscription to Bon Appétit magazine.

Contest will end and comments will close at 3 p.m. ET, Monday, December 22, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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