Picks and Pans Review: Gourmet Meals in Minutes

updated 11/22/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/22/2004 01:00AM

QUICK CUISINE

Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America has trained generations of notable chefs (Sara Moulton, among them). In this easy-to-parse volume, its experts serve up fast versions of French classics including Salmon en Papillote, as well as high-end comfort food (Risotto with Scallops). With simple ingredients and inspiring photos, this is perfect for weeknight cooks craving something fast and fab.

NEW AMERICAN

Patrick O'Connell's Refined American Cuisine

Co-creator of the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, O'Connell is a self-taught chef who specializes in luxe but accessible versions of old favorites. In his second cookbook, he elevates comfort favorites to a new level: Deviled eggs are made with quail's eggs; fish sticks become Sole Fingers with Green Herb Mayonnaise. Enlivened by splendid photos, O'Connell's book is a joy.

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