Picks and Pans Review: Microwave Gourmet Healthstyle Cookbook

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Barbara Kafka

In her second guide to microwave cookery, Kafka, a food writer and consultant, tries to be all things to all people. The result is a book crammed with information, much of it completely unnecessary to anyone preparing these ambitious but uneven recipes. There are some winning combinations, to be sure. In a cooking test, the chicken breasts with spinach and ginger were pale but moist and delicately flavored, while the tomato sauce casalinga offered a happy—and healthy—mix of garlic, onions and mushrooms with a splash of fresh lemon juice.

But who cares if a serving of paupiettes with parsley stuffing provides 27 percent of one's recommended daily allowance of phosphorus, or that the 4 ounces of unsweetened pumpkin puree that go into making pumpkin muffins are equivalent to half a cup, or 113.5 grams or 120 ml, when they are virtually devoid of taste? (Morrow, $22.95)

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