Review: One Pot by Martha Stewart Living

The kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. I love to cook and bake. But, I hate the cleanup. Even though we have a dishwasher, I don’t even like having to finagle all the dishes into it. So, when it comes to cooking, the less dishes the better! 

The One Pot cookbook intrigued me. A fellow blogger reviewed it a little bit ago, and I decided it was a cookbook I wanted to check out, afterall, when you can throw all the food into one pot or skillet to cook, that cleanup part becomes pretty easy!

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**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Using just one pan, you can stew, steam, sauté, simmer, braise, or roast your way to a fuss-free meal—and minimal cleanup to boot. At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash. The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes—organized by vessel—to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation. One Pot is an exciting new way to approach everyday cooking: Imagine perfect pasta dishes for which everything goes in the pot at once (yes, that’s pasta, tomato, garlic, basil, and water all cooked together), dinner-party ready roasts with tender vegetables, and down-home casseroles, along with wholesome fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. You’ll get incredible flavor payoff from dishes such as comforting Chicken and Dumplings, easy Baked Risotto with Carrots and Squash, healthy Broiled Striped Bass with Tomatoes, hearty Pork Chops with Bacon and Cabbage, and the delectable Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie—each of which takes less than an hour from start to finish. Here, too, are a dozen outstanding recipes for surprising and simple desserts that can be ready when you are. With chapters devoted to your essential cooking vessels—stockpot, skillet, slow cooker, and more—this book is sure to streamline your meals and to satisfy the people you share them with.

For my level of excitement for this book, I was a bit disappointed. I enjoy one pot meals because of their easiness. Well, there were a number of ingredients in this book that I’m not familiar with. The other part that disappointed me, was there aren’t too many recipes I’m all that interested in, but I recognize that is a preference thing. I just suggest checking it out in a store or the sample pages on Amazon before a purchase.

I can find some good in the book though. The recipes are separated by the “one pot” you would use to cook them in. All the slow cooker recipes are together and all the stockpot recipes are together. It even has a section for the pressure cooker, which I don’t think you find in cookbooks very often. The beginning of each section also talks about the benefits of that form of cooking and offers tips for it.

There are about a dozen recipes I want to try for the book, but that doesn’t seem like much compared to the 120+ recipes the book offers. I think it just wasn’t the book for me.

I would love to hear from you! Do you have any favorite recipes that you cook in one dish?

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7 thoughts on “Review: One Pot by Martha Stewart Living

  1. I love the kinds of food you can cook in one pot. Some of my favorite recipes have actually come from Better Homes and Gardens special interest magazines. I have found some really good soups, stews, and chilis in their magazines. One of my favorites is called Southwest Steak and Potato Soup. If you google it you can find really similar recipes.

    I know what you mean about being excited about a cookbook, but then being disappointed about not liking that many recipes. I bought two cookbooks recently. One was Italian. When I got home and started reading through it over half of the recipes use some kind of fish. I’m not a fish eater. The other has been disappointing too because we haven’t been crazy about any of the recipes that I’ve tried out of it. Sigh!


    1. I can’t stand seafood, and my husband doesn’t like it either! There were a lot of recipes in this one that seemed to have seafood in them. I guess I’m more of a chicken girl.

      Southwest Steak and Potato… sounds pretty good. I’m not a fan of steak, but perhaps in a soup I might like it (I do love soup!). My husband–he loves steak– might really like it. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll be sure to look it up 🙂


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