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**Win a copy of Get Cooking! See details at the bottom of this post.**

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I have a love affair with cookbooks. And a slight addiction to buying them. So needless to say, when I get the opportunity to review a cookbook, I’m as happy as can be! I was contacted by Harper Studio to review Mollie Katzen’s newest cookbook – Get Cooking.

The minute this book arrived in the mail, I knew I was going to love it. It is full of basic, easy, non-pretentious recipes. 150 of them, in fact. And not only does it have 150 recipes to get you in the kitchen, but it also has a ton of information for the beginner cook – from what kinds of equipment you need in the kitchen to how to cut up vegetables.

So usually, when I’m cooking from a cookbook – like with my Cookbook of the Month – it will take me the whole month to make the recipes from it. I usually do one a week, sometimes throwing in 2 a week, just to get ahead. But with this cookbook, I made 5 recipes in 7 days – that’s how much I wanted to try these recipes! I think I liked this book so much because it is simple, uncomplicated food that everyone will love. I love to challenge myself and try new things, but really, for day to day, simple and uncomplicated is how I like it.

There are a few things I would change here and there on the recipes I tried, but overall, I think this is a wonderful cookbook. It would be great for beginner and advanced cooks alike – there’s plenty for everyone!!

Genuine Homemade Mac and Cheese | www.tasteandtellblog.comGenuine Homemade Mac & Cheese

I’m a believer that everyone needs a good mac and cheese recipe in their arsenal. This one is super simple and easy. And I made it from pantry staples, which is always a big plus in my book! The only thing I would change on this one is to half the amount of breadcrumbs because they were a bit too overpowering.

Caramelized Balsamic Red Onion Soup with Cheese Topped Croutons | www.tasteandtellblog.comCaramelized Balsamic-Red Onion Soup with Cheese Topped Croutons

I’m a sucker for a good bowl of onion soup, and adding in the balsamic on this was pure genius. A super simple soup to make with rich, complex flavors.

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs | www.tasteandtellblog.comTeriyaki Chicken Thighs

Probably my favorite recipe from the ones I’ve tried so far. Super easy and full of flavor. I did have to keep an eye on them, though, as mine were done about 15 minutes sooner than the recipe stated. But so delicious!

Deeply Roasted Cauliflower | www.tasteandtellblog.comDeeply Roasted Cauliflower

I’m a believer that any vegetable is made better by sticking it in the oven and roasting it. This cauliflower is no exception! It’s the definition of simplicity. And oh – so – good. I seriously could eat a whole head of cauliflower in one sitting this way!

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.comChocolate – Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

And since everyone loves dessert and can’t turn away from a cookie, I had to give these a try! I didn’t have enough chocolate chips, (what?? How did I run out of chocolate chips??), but I had some Andes mint chips that I substituted for half of the chocolate chips. So I got a double mint punch, and they were wonderful! If you are a chocolate lover and a mint lover, you will love these!

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies
from Get Cooking

Makes 3 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, plus a little extra for the cookie sheets
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (one 12-ounce package)

About an hour ahead of time, unwrap the butter and place it in a large bowl. Use a table knife to cut it into 1-inch pieces, and let it stand at room temperature to soften.

Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 350F. Put a little soft butter on a paper towel, a piece of waxed paper, or a butter wrapper, and lightly grease two cookie sheets.

Pour the granulated sugar, and crumble the brown sugar, into the bowl holding the softened butter. Use a handheld electric mixer at high speed (or if you don’t have one, use a whisk, with enthusiasm) to beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well. (Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times during this process.) Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts, and continue to beat for another minute or two, until everything is well combined.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl, and whisk slowly to blend. Add this to the butter mixture, along with the chocolate chips, stirring with the spatula until the dough is thoroughly combined.

Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them 2 to 3 inches apart and flattening each mound slightly with the back of a spoon. (You will need to bake these in batches, so just spoon out as many as will comfortably fir on your cookie sheets.) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies are dry and the bottoms are lightly browned.

Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes after you take them out of the oven, and then gently transfer them to a cooling rack using a thin-bladed metal spatula. Repeat with the remaining dough.


Harper Studio has generously given me an extra copy to give away to you! There are two ways to enter:

1 – Leave a comment on this post
2 – Tell someone about this giveaway, whether it be on a blog, facebook or twitter. Then come back here and leave a new comment letting me know.

This giveaway will go until Monday, October 26th at 11:59pm Mountain. The winner will be announced Tuesday, October 27th.

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97 Responses to Get Cooking – A Review

  1. Stephanie says:

    I not only WANT a cookbook full of simple recipes, I NEED a cookbook full of simple recipes. I'm trying to cook more and expand my repetoire and this cookbook would definitely help. By the way, I'm making your Brown Sugar Muffins this week – wish me luck!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love Molly! I love her other cookbooks as well. I agree that it is important to have simple, quick recipes to have in your arsenal. My maternity leave is soon over and I will be returning to work within the next month. I have been wondering how I am going to manage to still get dinner on the table each night. Sounds like her cookbook is just what I need :O)
    I really enjoy reading your blog and love the variety of foods that you prepare and post.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Jenny says:

    I love cookbook giveaways. I don't think you can ever have too many cookbooks!

  4. Jenny says:

    I told my FB friends! 🙂

  5. Alexandra says:

    Yum ~ red onion soup sounds good! I need to try and tackle that!

  6. Frieda says:

    What a great giveaway~ love cookbooks and the chocolate mint cookies look like a winner!

  7. kd says:

    Would love a copy! 🙂

  8. Carlene's World says:

    Since we just had a very cold snap, I am in the mood to make that onion soup with balsamic reduction…yum, yum…I would love to have the cookbook…

  9. KT says:

    That onion soup looks so yummy!

    I would love a chance to win. Thanks!

  10. Lynn says:

    I am SO in! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    I live in Canada. Hope I can still enter.

  11. Kim says:

    I love cookbooks, but hate when I end up with one that has recipes I just don't have the time or patience, or palate for that matter, to try. I'd love this one!

  12. Tiff says:

    The macaroni and cheese recipe is calling my name! I've been craving it!! Sounds like a great cookbok! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Tiff says:

    I tweeted! @tifscatku

  14. Katherine Martin says:

    I'm in!!

    I told all my housemates here at school!

  15. marci says:

    That teriyaki chicken looks amazing!

  16. Natalie says:

    love ALL those recipes you mentioned and i'm definitely going to try the cookies!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That book sounds great! Those cookies are very tempting and so is everything elso you made…



  18. Katerina says:

    I totally agree about sticking vegetables in the oven and roasting them. It is my absolute favorite way to cook veggies!

    I love Mollie Katze. Crossing fingers.

  19. She She says:

    How is it that you posted pictures of ALL of my favorite foods? I want to win!

  20. Karen says:

    I love Mollie Katzen! Thanks for the thorough review and giveaway!


  21. rabbit20 says:

    Sounds like a great cookbook. I love your choices of recipes to try and I look forward to seeing the teriyaki chicken one. Thanks for the review.

  22. Judi says:

    I am a simple recipe kind of cook! I'm telling my blog friend, Bailey at helmet head can be cute, and will post on my blog at the end of my workday!

  23. Darsi says:

    This cookbook looks sooo good–I love quick and simple! dar.sieb at gmail.com

  24. Nate & Jan says:

    I love your blog! I would love to get another cookbook, you can never have enough!

  25. Nate & Jan says:

    I love your blog! I would love to get another cookbook, you can never have enough!

  26. BMK says:

    Looks like a great book! Those chocolate chip mint cookies sound amazing!

  27. Toby says:

    Looks like a great cookbook. Everything there looks great

  28. ericka says:

    I love cookbooks too! That soup sounds devine and I must make those cookies!

  29. Beth says:

    A new cookbook would be wonderful!

  30. EJacks says:

    Sounds like a great book – and those dishes look delicious!!

  31. Maria says:

    I love Molly. I want to get this book. The cookies look fantastic!

  32. Julie says:

    What a great looking cookbook!

  33. Wendy says:

    I haven't gotten a new cookbook in years. This looks great and so do the Teriyaki chicken thighs!

  34. Wendy says:

    I haven't gotten a new cookbook in years. This looks great and so do the Teriyaki chicken thighs!

  35. Noelle says:

    This is a great giveaway! It would be really wonderful to win this! Thanks for doing that!

  36. Noelle says:

    I added this giveaway to foodbuzz.com and twitter! Thanks!

  37. Aimée says:

    Impressive round-up of recipes! Now I'm super hungry.

    Would love this cookbook…

  38. Carla says:

    This sounds like a perfect cookbook for the school year. However, I must admit, I have never really come across a cookbook I didn't love. Thank you for the giveaway! I'd love to win.

  39. Jamie says:

    I'm also a collector of cookbooks and recipes. You can't have too many. All the recipes you've tried so far look and sound great. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  40. Anonymous says:

    The cookies look so good, I love cookbooks.

  41. Tiff says:

    I feel like I have a cookbook addiction. And then what do I do, not use my cookbooks, but look up recipes online. The one sounds like a winner though.

  42. Kim says:

    Looks like you sure were busy with this cookbook. Everything sounds and looks great. I'd love to enter the drawing for the cookbook, sounds like it is full of great and simple recipes. And, I agree with you about roasted cauliflower. I could eat the whole tray 😀

  43. Marisa says:

    Oh yum! Those recipes ALL look amazing!!!

  44. Katie says:

    I would love the cookbook! I am always looking for a good new cookbook to try. The cookies look so good, I wish I had one right now.

  45. Mike and Kimmy says:

    Sounds like a fabulous cookbook! I think I need one of those.

  46. Tessa says:

    The recipes look great! I am in full agreement – you can never have too many cookbooks (or too many recipes!)

    tbdeyle {at} gmail.com

  47. Janis says:

    I love cookbooks! I am an addict. I need a new cookbook.

  48. Janell says:

    I want it!! You know I'm not a big cook so this sounds like the cookbook for me 🙂

  49. Sare says:

    I would LOVE to win a simple recipes cookbook. I am in need of inspiration. thanks!

  50. Debbie says:

    This looks like a great book. Thanks for reviewing it.

  51. Karen says:

    Great looking cookbook and photos.

  52. Spryte says:

    That soup sounds delicious!!

  53. Katrina says:

    That sounds like a great cookbook and will go GREAT with my ever growing collection!

  54. matt0701 says:

    Wow! That red-onion soup looks amazing! I'd love to win and start cooking from this cookbook!

    mattschmunk at hotmail dot com

  55. Mariah says:

    I would love to try these recipes…I love your blog and regularly make your recipes…thanks!!

  56. Angie says:

    The cookies look amazing. I'm definitely a chocoholic! lol

    angelilee91@gmail dot com

  57. Yara says:

    My daughter and I love Honest Pretzels and would love to try the recipes in Get Cooking.

  58. Yara says:

    I told my family and friends about this offer on my blog.

  59. Paula says:

    I really enjoy Mollie! I first became aware of her on a PBS cooking show years and years and years ago. How cool that you were contacted to review her new cookbook! I thought she only cooked vegetarian meals, so your picture of the chicken has stirred my curiosity. I bet this is a great book!

  60. Erin from Long Island says:

    I need a book like this. I feel I have gone on too many kitchen tangents and need to focus on basics for a while

  61. Erin from Long Island says:

    I emailed this to my family and posted it on myspace

  62. Danielle says:

    The book looks great–a wide variety of simple recipes is always welcome in my kitchen!

  63. Tammy says:

    I love reading your reviews of the recipes…this cookbook sounds wonderful! I'd love to win it.

  64. Kristen says:

    Chicken thighs? I though Mollie Katzen was all vegetarian. Just another reason to want this book!

  65. Chicago Arts Residency says:

    i still have my mother's moosewood cookbook from when she was in college! i would love another updated cookbook to add to the collection.

  66. Me says:

    I would rather read a cookbook than a novel! 😉

  67. Jenny May says:

    I am trying to cook more now that it looks like I might be lucky enough to be a stay at home mom full time..
    I so wish we lived closer so our girls could be friends and you could teach me how to cook.. Why did I not learn when we were roommates????

  68. Mama Goose says:

    I love Molly…

  69. Valerie says:

    I AM a chocolate and mint lover so those cookies are calling to me. The chicken looks so good too!

  70. Crystal says:

    I really ant to try the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies. Chocolate and mint is such a great combination!

  71. Linda says:

    As a big fan of roasted cauliflower, I am intrigued by the idea of going beyond just roasting cauliflower to deeply roasting it. Guess I need the cookbook to learn how to do that.

  72. Sally says:

    I just found your blog by google, I was looking for taco casserol and found you…. even better I found a cookbook give away!!! BONUS.

  73. Eve says:

    Those pictures looks so yummy. And I am such a foodie at heart, this cookbook would be great for me.

  74. Christina says:

    The Teriyaki Chicken looks delicious! Can't wait to make it.

  75. suri says:

    i love your blog especially the cookbook reviews
    i would love to win this cookbook

  76. suri says:

    i told my family and freinds

  77. Chao says:

    I love cookbooks, especially ones filled with simple recipes!


  78. Chao says:

    I told my family and friends about this!


  79. The Pratts says:

    I LOVE and need new simple cookbooks! There is nothing like the feeling of making a yummy dinner for your family. I love the quick meals as well b/c I don't feel like I have to go to fast food, I can just go to a simple recipe and make it quick and easy!! I love your blog and everything I have made so far has been A+ meals according to my husband and even my kids! 🙂

  80. Bing says:

    I'll have to try making those chocolate mint cookies!

  81. Vanssmomc says:

    I have always Loved Molly and her cookbooks. Like you I can never have enough cookbooks. And that red onion soup sounds so YUMMY! Can't wait to try some of these recipes. Thanks for doing giveaways!! Cathy

  82. Reneé says:

    Any cookbook that leads you to use it 5 times in 7 days is definitely one I want to see (and hopefully win!)

    Thanks so much for the contest!


  83. stacief says:

    I would love to win this cookbook!

  84. Elizabeth says:

    Sounds like a great cookbook.I need a new one. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  85. Heather says:

    I would love to win this cookbook for my sister. She is, um, cooking challenged so a cookbook of easy recipes would be perfect for her (especially since she is expecting her first baby)!

  86. Esme says:

    I love cookbooks-you can never have enough thanks

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  87. Esme says:

    cococroissants love cooking great cookbook giveawayhttp://bit.ly/hyffZ

    thank you for this giveaway

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  88. MamaBB says:

    I LOOVE Molly Katzen – her cookbooks are so pretty, and her ideas are easy, fun, and delicious. With a toddler and a baby on the way I could totally use more quick o-to recipes! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  89. suburban prep says:

    How fantastic that there is a cookbook to help and or assist in teaching with recipes that are not complicated. JUST what I need.

  90. Pam says:

    I have pledged to buy no more cookbooks (a pledge I plan on breaking, but whatever). But winning this would help keep me from breaking my pledge too soon.

  91. Jayne says:

    Love your site and would LOVE winning this book! Thanks for all the fun recipes and reviews!

  92. Jayne says:

    Let my friends know about this giveaway. Hope I still win!

  93. eatme_delicious says:

    Ohhh I haven't heard of this new cookbook! I love Mollie Katzen's cookbooks. Great review! I think I might be too late to enter to win it though. 🙁

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