Book Review: Perfect One-Dish Dinners – Pam Anderson

Title: Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers
Author: Pam Anderson
ISBN: 9780547195957
Pages: 280
Release Date: September 20, 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.75 out of 5

The idea behind Perfect One-Dish Dinners is that delicious meals can be made simply and easily, in just one dish.  There’s no need to undertake the stress of a multi-course meal with numerous side dishes in order to impress.  Though the subtitle addresses get-togethers, these are meals that are easy enough to make for a regular dinner, but beautiful and delicious enough to serve to company.

The book is divided into four sections:  Stews for All Seasons (with recipes like Pork Stew with Potatoes and Prunes and Osso Bucco with Dirty Polenta), Worldly Casseroles (with recipes like Doable, Delicious Paella and Quick, Creamy Lasagna), Roasting Pan Complete (with recipes like Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breast and Roast Chorizo-Stuffed Adobo Pork Loin), and Big Summer Salads and Grilled Platters (with recipes like Lemony Seafood Pasta Salad and Grilled Antipasto Platter).  The book also includes suggested appetizers, sides, and desserts to accompany each main dish.

Perfect One-Dish Dinners is beautifully presented.  The pages are thick and glossy, and there are absolutely beautiful pictures of each main dish.  It’s very well constructed and easily sits flat when you’re cooking.  It’s superficial, but good presentation in a cookbook is really important to me; I love looking at vibrant colors and mouthwatering pictures.  This cookbook excels in that department.

The first dish I made out of Perfect One-Dish Dinners was Chicken Biryani American-Style.  I appreciated the information that I could make most of the dish up to two hours ahead.  The entire cookbook contains useful tidbits like that, which serve to make everything just a little bit easier.  The dish was simple to make and the instructions were very clear.  It tasted absolutely delicious – I made it hoping to have leftovers for the next day, but my husband and I managed to eat it all for dinner because it was that good.

You might be looking at my picture of this dish and thinking, “Hmm…that is NOT chicken.”  And you’d be right.  When I opened the chicken to make this dish, it smelled questionable.  I am very wary when it comes to spoiled meat and always err on the side of caution.  Luckily, I always keep frozen shrimp on hand, so I made the dish with shrimp instead of chicken.  It was absolutely delicious, and made a great summer/fall dish.  I imagine the chicken would make it a heartier winter dish and can’t wait to try it.

The next dish from Perfect One-Dish Dinners I tried was Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings – YUM.  Again, it was very easy to make and tasted incredible (and I actually followed the recipe this time!).

I can’t say enough great things about Perfect One-Dish Dinners.  The dishes were simple to make, yet impressive in their creativity.  The recipes are clear and simple, and they utilize many fresh ingredients, which is great.  I usually don’t make casseroles because their central ingredient often seems to be a can of cream of something soup, which is a big turn-off for me.  Anderson presents beautiful and delicious meals that are also healthy and easy to make.  Whether you’re new to cooking or someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this is a cookbook you should definitely take a look at.

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Comments

  1. This sounds like a book that would get a lot of use at my house!

  2. This sounds like a book that would get a lot of use at my house!

  3. The book looks great!
    I love that you tried some and posted pictures! I think the first one looks real good with the shrimp.
    I do not eat meat (only fish and seafood) are there enough meatless dishes?

  4. The book looks great!
    I love that you tried some and posted pictures! I think the first one looks real good with the shrimp.
    I do not eat meat (only fish and seafood) are there enough meatless dishes?

  5. Both of those dishes look incredible, and I am all fro making things easier in the kitchen by having a one dish meal. I am going to have to be on the lookout for this book, as it sounds like something that I could really use. Thanks for the great review, and the pictures as well!

  6. Both of those dishes look incredible, and I am all fro making things easier in the kitchen by having a one dish meal. I am going to have to be on the lookout for this book, as it sounds like something that I could really use. Thanks for the great review, and the pictures as well!

  7. This looks beautiful and I am certainly hungry for lunch, but have to way, hmmm, three more hours. Yikes! xox

  8. This looks beautiful and I am certainly hungry for lunch, but have to way, hmmm, three more hours. Yikes! xox

  9. I get tired of making the same old thing all the time -this looks like just what I need! I think I might go pick one up this weekend. Happy cooking!!

  10. I get tired of making the same old thing all the time -this looks like just what I need! I think I might go pick one up this weekend. Happy cooking!!

  11. I think I need to start a cookbook-specific wishlist. This will go right on the top, yum!

  12. I think I need to start a cookbook-specific wishlist. This will go right on the top, yum!

  13. I really enjoy making meals that are served as one dish…I always have. This sounds like a cookbook for me. Great review, and it looks like you had fun with this one.

  14. I really enjoy making meals that are served as one dish…I always have. This sounds like a cookbook for me. Great review, and it looks like you had fun with this one.

  15. I’m all about one dish meals, so I’ll have to look for this book! The dishes you created look delicious!

  16. I’m all about one dish meals, so I’ll have to look for this book! The dishes you created look delicious!

  17. I think I might need this one!

  18. I think I might need this one!

  19. Nice to try out new stuff and these sound simple to follow as well.

  20. Nice to try out new stuff and these sound simple to follow as well.

  21. Wow, this sounds like a really good cookbook! In fact, I’ve just placed a hold on it at the library. Thanks for the review!

  22. Wow, this sounds like a really good cookbook! In fact, I’ve just placed a hold on it at the library. Thanks for the review!

  23. I love the concept of this book. You are right a lot of cream/ soup is turn – off for me to 🙂

  24. I love the concept of this book. You are right a lot of cream/ soup is turn – off for me to 🙂

  25. Both the dishes look awesome, I would love to see how to make American-Style biryani 🙂

  26. Both the dishes look awesome, I would love to see how to make American-Style biryani 🙂

  27. I have a couple of her other cookbooks but not this one. This looks like a winner.

  28. I have a couple of her other cookbooks but not this one. This looks like a winner.

  29. Ooh, this cookbook meshes perfectly with my “new recipe each week” plan to add to our weekday repertoire. How nice to have the added info about what you can make ahead.

  30. Ooh, this cookbook meshes perfectly with my “new recipe each week” plan to add to our weekday repertoire. How nice to have the added info about what you can make ahead.

  31. One pot recipes – sign me up please! 🙂

  32. One pot recipes – sign me up please! 🙂

  33. I love the concept of this book (actually I love casseroles in general. Even if my food is served in separate piles, I usually mix it all together before I eat it). When I did more research on this cookbook I ended up adding 2 of her other titles to the cart as well.

  34. I love the concept of this book (actually I love casseroles in general. Even if my food is served in separate piles, I usually mix it all together before I eat it). When I did more research on this cookbook I ended up adding 2 of her other titles to the cart as well.

  35. This book sounds like an excellent resource. I like that it has some depth to it with tips and a wide range of recipes. I love to do one-pot dishes for company as it allows me to spend more time with my guests.

  36. This book sounds like an excellent resource. I like that it has some depth to it with tips and a wide range of recipes. I love to do one-pot dishes for company as it allows me to spend more time with my guests.

  37. This sounds terrific! I love one dish meals.

  38. This sounds terrific! I love one dish meals.

  39. oh, I like the look of those dumplings…

  40. oh, I like the look of those dumplings…

  41. The cookbook looks and sounds fantastic! It’d be a great addition to anyone’s book collection I bet, with recipes that are not too complicated but interesting enough for guests.

  42. The cookbook looks and sounds fantastic! It’d be a great addition to anyone’s book collection I bet, with recipes that are not too complicated but interesting enough for guests.

  43. You had me at the dumplings. Have now added this to my wish list at Amazon. Thanks.

  44. You had me at the dumplings. Have now added this to my wish list at Amazon. Thanks.

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