Emeril 20-40-60 Cookbook Review

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March 16, 2010 by Flora Dawn

Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast claims to give you recipes for quick, fresh dishes.  I think it lives up to its claim. With almost 160 simple, practical recipes, there is more than enough ideas for what to make for dinner, or lunch or dessert for that matter. The book itself is over 250 pages, with the beautiful photography we’ve come to expect in cookbooks. The book is divided in three section, recipes that take 20 minutes or less, recipes that take 40 minutes or less, and a  small chapter for recipes requiring more time or special ingredients. Each chapter begins with a table of contents, divided into the typical categories: soups, starters, salads, etc. The recipes are fairly diverse, having quite a few fish and poultry recipes, which is good for those of us trying to cut back red meat.

And while this cookbook is definitely not gluten free, there are plenty of gluten free recipes and simple modifications that could be made (using corn tortillas, gf pastas, etc). Most of the recipes have simple ingredients that can be found in a well-stocked pantry, but as always with Emeril, you’ll need quite a variety of herbs and spices, including plenty of Creole or Cajun seasoning.

For years it has seemed like cookbook authors and professional chefs have been out of touch with the amount of time at-home-cooks have to spend on meals, especially the weeknight dinner. Sure there have always been quick cooking recipes available, but they typically call for packaged and unhealthy ingredients. I am grateful that a superstar chef like Emeril Lagasse has come to our rescue. The majority of Emeril’s other cookbooks are very complicated and just too time consuming for the average home cook, however, I think Emeril 20-40-60 is a refreshing change. Whether a serious Emeril fan or a novice cook,  I think 20-40-60 would be a great addition to any busy cook’s cookbook collection.


  • Fish Tacos With Black Bean Salsa
  • Peanut-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (flourless)
  • all the great photos
  • expected prep time and cooking time given for each recipe
  • easy to understand instructions


  • Kicked-Up Snickerdoodles (In all fairness, I didn’t try these, but cayenne in a snickerdoodle, no thanks)

*I have no affiliation with this author or publisher, I just enjoy the cookbook.


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