Who doesn't want to cook and eat well, but without spending a lot of money on luxury ingredients or time fussing over complicated recipes? In this economy, pretty much everyone. With clear instructions and enticing, informative photography, Knack Gourmet Cooking on a Budget leads readers through a choice selection of appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, emphasizing casual but sophisticated dishes. The author, former food editor at both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, here shares with home cooks the best secrets top restaurants have for cutting corners while producing show-stopping flavors.
Michalene Busico is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine, travel, and design. She writes for "House Beautiful, Bon Appetit, " and "Culture "magazines. She served as Food Editor at both the "Los Angeles Times" (2002-2008) and the "New York Ti"mes (1998-2002), two of the most influential news organizations in the country. Viktor Budnik is a food photographer based in Los Angeles. He is the photographer for "Knack Diabetes Cookbook. "