Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T. Smith

Microwave Cooking for One
Marie T. Smith
Pelican Publishing (2010)
ISBN 9781565546660
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (02/10)


As a reviewer of a cookbook I’m asked to test out three recipes and, as always, it gets to be a challenge of which ones to try out.  As I browsed through the book, at first I found the formatting to be a bit odd, and felt the book was jam-packed with too many recipes for me to even decide what I wanted to do.  This created an issue for me, more so than what recipes to choose.  However, I confronted the challenge and made a decision.

The first recipe I tried was “Buttermilk Pot Roast.”  I did have a small chuck roast and buttermilk available so it seemed like a winner to me.  The interesting part was to put the ingredients into a one-gallon plastic bag and let it sit in the refrigerator until the next day.  Change of plan on having the pot roast on that day.  The wait was worthwhile because in the end the pot roast was delicious and savored.

The second recipe I tried was “Green Plantains.”   Frying the plantains in the microwave was an easy way to go and the end result was satisfactory.

“Rhubarb Crisp” was quick and easy to make.  I am a fan of rhubarb and making a crisp is one of my favorite ways to use it.  However, I do prefer to make the crisp in the oven so that the top is indeed “crisp.” I doubt I will try this one again.

All in all, “Microwave Cooking for One” by Marie T. Smith is good.  It certainly gives possibilities of a variety of recipes when cooking for only one person.   And, of course, using a microwave saves much time for a busy person.

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