Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

When you work 12 hours a day for most of the week like I do, a quick fix of a meal is your saving grace at the end of the day. Who wants to spend hours slaving over a hot stove after filing papers, making appointments or answering angry calls all day? The problem is that we do not want to sacrifice the quality of food we feed our family so we spend way too long cooking the same old thing every day. Not anymore! Ainsley Harriott’s 100 Meals in Minutes offers a fast solution to boring, strenuous meals.

Whether it be the delicious butter bean salad, curried dishes, the fabulous side dishes, or the tantalizing puddings, Harriott offers cooks of all ages ideas for quick meals that taste like they came straight from a gourmet restaurant. I followed Harriott’s directions letter by letter when making both the butter bean salad and the blackened Cajun salmon with lime aioli. To my delight, both turned out wonderful, offering me and my partner a delicious alternative to our normal soups and fish dishes. I highly recommend this book to cooks and people learning to cook alike. Try the other books in the series as well!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by BBC Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.