The Trader Joe’s Companion: A Portable Cookbook

August 26, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 

Product Description
On the heels of the original Trader Joe’s cookbook “Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s,” this portable cookbook is filled with quick and easy recipes featuring Trader Joe’s ingredients and time-saving tips. This collection of recipes includes author favorites from the original cookbook, favorites from their blog, and new recipes being unveiled for the first time. Delicious and healthy dishes feature everything from American comfort classics to ethnic fusion deligh… More >>

The Trader Joe’s Companion: A Portable Cookbook

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5 Responses to “The Trader Joe’s Companion: A Portable Cookbook”

  1. Reader Anastasia on August 26th, 2010 7:49 am

    I have used Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s for going on two years now – hands down it’s my favorite cookbook and I use it several times a week. Most of my go-to dishes are from that cookbook. I was thrilled when I read an article about this new one coming out and snatched it up. I really liked the idea of a “portable” cookbook for taking to the store with you – just stick it in your purse and consult it as you go through the store picking up ingredients. I can’t tell you how many times I would stop by TJ’s on the way home from work and wished I had some recipes with me rather than randomly picking up products. The size is kind of like those wine guides – tall and narrow – so it definitely is compact and very cute. The recipes are more of the same quick and easy type as before, with all kinds of cuisines. I had discovered the Simply Quiche recipe on their TJ blog actually, and it’s here in this book – it’s one of those recipes that is fantastic and gets even better as you try your own variations. Lots of great salads too. The Coffee Chocolate Fudge is a-mazing and addictive. Keep ’em coming!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Sasha on August 26th, 2010 8:00 am

    I highly reccomend this neat and inexpensive publication to any discearning parent who strives to maintain the daily “family mealtime”.

    Most recepies require very little time and effort, yet yeild extremly appetizing, well rounded and healthy results, that the kids love as much as us.

    After a couple of weeks enjoying a great selection of delicious meals from this very user friendly cook-book we find ourselves much less prone to saying “yeah I’m tired too, shall we get some take-out?”, and now eat better for less time and $.

    The real magic is in the “one stop shop” – the ability to get all the groceries in one trip.

    Full marks for a truly useful product.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Neala Rafizadeh on August 26th, 2010 8:32 am

    The “Portable” cookbook is brilliant! I rarely use the cookbooks I have because I either forget to write down the recipe or am missing an ingredient when I try to do it spontaneously at home. It’s so great to just throw “The Trader Joe’s Companion” in my bag when I do my grocery shopping, so I can easily reference a recipe. I have the original “Cooking with Trader Joe’s” and love that my favorites from there (Apricot Baked Brie, Black Bean Soup, Veggie Tikka Masala, Peanutty Sesame Noodles, Creamy Lemony Linguine) as well as some exciting new ones (Sweet Corn and Arugula salad, Thai Yellow Curry, Gnutmeg Gnocchi with Spinach, Black Bean Cornbead, Rosemary Potato Pizza, Lemon Basil Cake, Vanilla Chai Bread Pudding) are in the book. I never do a dinner party without the recipes!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Adam Kaplan on August 26th, 2010 9:48 am

    The Trader Joe’s Companion is great. The recipes are not intimidating (I’m easily intimidated), seem healthy, and the end results (at least everything I’ve made so far) taste really good. Plus, I like that the book is easily carried, since I’d rather just toss the book in my jacket pocket than write down the ingredients (I guess I’m lazy as well as easily intimidated). All in all, I’m very pleased with this cookbook.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Lewis N Clark on August 26th, 2010 12:33 pm

    I always wondered why there aren’t more cookbooks that are smaller in size so that you can take them to the grocery store with you. Nearly all our cookbooks are massive and heavy, so when I want to make a recipe, I have to rewrite some or all of the ingredients listing on a piece of paper to make my shopping list (and if I change my mind about what I want to cook while I’m at the store, I’m out of luck). This condensed cookbook is a pretty genius idea – it’s filled with lots of recipes that all use Trader Joe’s ingredients, and you can actually TAKE it with you to Trader Joe’s.

    Pros: Appealing recipes, healthy, simple instructions, great size, full of ideas on what to do with Trader Joe’s products, durable, great value for $10. It says it’s a paperback but the cover is actually thick and sturdy more like a thin hardcover so I know it’ll hold up well as I take it back and forth with me. For a skinny book, it opens pretty flat and lays that way with a little encouragement, so that’s a plus – it’s much nicer than a regular paperback. Convenient list of all TJ locations in the back if you really are shopping on the run. As far as the recipes go, I’ve already tried 4 recipes and they all went over well with my family. Cooking times are listed for each recipe, so you know what kind of commitment you’re getting into from the get-go. Most recipes are very short and doable in 10-30 minutes. Cons: It would be nice if there were more photos but I can understand why there aren’t in the interest of keeping it compact. Bottom line: I can already tell I’m going to be making lots more recipes from it. If you shop at Trader Joe’s and love the stuff you get there, this cookbook will do wonders for the way you eat and cook.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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