Book Review: 30-Minute Cookbook for Beginners by Colleen Kennedy


30-Minute Cookbook for Beginners by Colleen Kennedy

100+ Recipes for the Time-Pressed Cook

Rockridge Press (March 17, 2020)

Cookbook/Quick & Easy Cooking


Your next home-cooked meal is just 30 minutes away―no experience necessary

Cooking can seem daunting, time-consuming, and labor-intensive, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need are the basic tools, a few strategies for getting organized, and some easy recipes to start you off. If you’ve been looking for cookbooks for beginners, this one offers all that and more―and each recipe only takes 30 minutes.

This trusty (and delicious) entry into cookbooks for beginners will help you master all the essential cooking techniques, from panfrying to broiling. It also includes practical tips on how to grocery shop efficiently, practice food safety, and save time with hacks that get every recipe on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Find what you’ve been looking for in cookbooks for beginners:

  • Beginner-friendly―Directions are easy to follow, ingredients are easy to find, and popular staple dishes are now on the menu―from fluffy eggs to juicy burgers.
  • Quick-look labels―Unlike other cookbooks for beginners, this one includes labels indicating whether a recipe can be made with just 5 ingredients, cooked in one pot, or is vegetarian or gluten-free.
  • Beyond the recipes―Learn bonus skills like handling knives, storing food, and even maximizing the use of your microwave.

With tips, tricks, and 100+ classic recipes, this book is everything cookbooks for beginners should be.






Full of easy and varied recipes. I’m not a beginner cook but think this cookbook is awesome. So many wonderful recipes. Only drawback is that nutritional values are not provided. Not many pictures (only at the beginning of each chapter) so if you like that element, you will be disappointed, but for me it’s fine.  All recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less and some have 5 ingredients or less. For the new cook, you will benefit from the chapters on how to prep your kitchen and time-saving tips and skills. Ingredients are available in the average grocery store. All recipes can be halved or doubled. Each recipe is labelled (1-Pot/Pan, 5-ingredient, Faster than Delivery, Gluten-Free, or Vegetarian). Many of the recipes have tips.  Very well done!

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel 

ARC provided by publisher/Callisto Publishing Club




KENNEDYColleen Kennedy is the creator of the popular food blog Souffle Bombay (, there you will find memorable recipes for every occasion that anyone can make. Colleen is also an advocate of getting kids into the kitchen early and often. “Cooking is an important life skill and by encouraging your kids to help and then begin taking the lead in the kitchen, you’ll see them blossom into confident home cooks that help contribute to the family’s needs. Cooking gives kids confidence, promotes healthier eating, teaches planning, organization, follow through, math, science and so much more! Plus…bonus…when kids help make a dish or make it on their own…they will at least try it! Food brings people together and we all have to eat…So why not make it memorable!” Colleen lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids, she enjoys hiking, getting away for long weekends in the PA Poconos, stargazing and being with her family and friends.



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