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Be tempted to USE your Microwave to cook, not just heat

  • Jul 23, 2010
I love the Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. When I saw that NOT YOUR MOTHER'S MICROWAVE COOKBOOK was available, I thought I'd give it a try. If Beth Hensperger can rescue the crock pot from cream of mushroom soup mix, she could entice me to actually cook in my microwave.

I used to live in the South, and I always wondered why women's magazines featured "Don't heat up your kitchen" mealplans, because although it was 90 outside, the inside was the same overly air conditioned temperature it always was. Well, now that I leave here in New England, where many people have no a/c or like me, a smaller unit that effectively cools the bedrooms, but leaves the kitchen and living room stuffy when the temperatures get above 85, I get it. And there's no way I'd bake something in my oven for 35 minutes on a day such as that.

I've tried several recipes from the cookbook, and they've all been big hits.

I adapted the "orzo with sun-dried tomatoes and peas" recipe. I didn't add the parmesan at the end, and I ate it at room temperature, not hot. I've eaten the leftovers cold. Who would imagine cooking a pasta dish in the microwave?

I also tried out two protein dishes, because though I've cooked fish in the microwave, I've not used it to fully cook chicken and the like. The Chicken Diane with boneless chicken breasts are going into my regular recipe rotation. The kids loved it, my husband liked it. I thought it was okay, but with that success, I'm making it again.

The Barbecued Chicken drums (thighs initially called for) were also pretty successful. My son and daughter and I all thought the result was good, but my husband did not (I think it's because he knew that they were cooked in the microwave).

The steamed carrots ("The Best Glazed Carrots") were a hit. I loved the sauce, and would love to try it on other dishes (like as a chicken glaze).

I can't wait to try one of the risotto recipes.

There are also great dessert sauce recipes, for ice cream or the like.

The recipes are clear, telling you upfront the cooking time and what tools and pans you need to make the recipe.

I do wish that there was a bit more general information, because after using it so successfully, I thought I'd try to make regular white rice in there. I guess for that I WOULD need my mother's microwave cookbook, because unlike some who just used it to heat when they first came on the scene, my mother used hers to make rice, scallopped potatoes and more.

But that's a small issue. I can find that information anywhere, and look forward to the unique and tasty recipes I've yet to try.

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April 12, 2012
Good review! Just don't stay too close to the microwave.
August 31, 2010
Great review, Jenn! I've been using my microwave to cook lately. Saves water and electricity when steaming veggies :P I'm happy to hear that there's such an extensive book on this culinary art. Thanks for sharing!
August 30, 2010
Wow, I've never thought of cooking chicken (or meat for that matter) in the microwave, so this is an interesting idea! I can see how you might get a better reaction to the food if you obstain from telling people how it was cooked until they've tried it. Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like you've had a lot of success with it! What is your favorite dish so far?
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review by . July 22, 2010
Finally, a cookbook that really seems fit and easy enough for everyone to follow. When I came across this book, the whole premise of having recipes and dishes you could fix and prepare in the microwave was really appealing. Especially in the summer when cooking on a big stove can heat up your entire kitchen and living space, this book came in handy. What I like most about this cookbook is that it's packed with a lot of variety and different ideas - there's everything from appetizers to actual dinner …
review by . August 25, 2010
Not Your Mother's Microwave Cooking is part of the Not Your Mother's series by Beth Hensperger. She's written some excellent cookbooks and this one was no exception.      Most people use their microwaves for basic functions like heating up food, popcorn or defrosting, and this cookbook really unleashes all the possibilities that I never even knew were possible with a microwave. Hensperger covers everything from using the microwave to help peel fruits and vegetables, …
review by . July 22, 2010
I use my microwave a lot but not the way this book want me to. I have to admit this book provides a good introduction to Microwave cooking techniques and it gives several useful tips on selecting and buying Microwave Cookware. The pictures of mouthwatering food look elsewhere. This book is very utilitarian in style.     Futhermore, the illustrations are meant mostly as technical aids and add little to the aesthetic of the book. There are plenty of interesting recipes and a real …
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Ninety-five percent of American households have a microwave, but how many people know that, besides zapping coffee and making popcorn, this favorite kitchen appliance is capable of creating an incredible range of healthful, fast, cost-effective menus? Beth Hensperger's Not Your Mother's Microwave Cookbook, the latest entry in our best-selling Not Your Mother's_ series, teaches you how to take your favorite kitchen appliance to the next level. You'll be microwaving appetizers and snacks, meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, grains, and desserts in no time!
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ISBN-10: 1558324194
ISBN-13: 978-1558324190
Author: Beth Hensperger
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
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