Impatient Foodie - Review, recipe and giveaway

Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World by Elettra  Wiedemann and Claudia Ficca is the popular blogger's debut cookbook.

Here, the former model who happens to be the  daughter of Isabella Rossellini, shares 100 recipes for tight schedules and lazy cooks. It was her grueling 12-hour workdays that led to her finding a practical way to uphold her food ideals of organic, sustainable, and beautiful meals. Impatient Foodie is written for the true novice as details are plentiful and instructions are given for the basics including "how to read a recipe" and how to use the 21 tools the author recommends as favorites.

Recipes for savory items are plentiful, and are often from scratch; however, desserts rely on boxed mixes and store-bought ingredients to eliminate measuring. Even for the most impatient baker, measuring dry ingredients shouldn't be that difficult or time-consuming, especially in light of such impressive main dishes as miso-braised eggplant, Chou's vinegar chicken, and harissa lamb chops with mashed cauliflower. Overall, the recipes are approachable and easy to pull together. This book is the needed balm for the person who sorely desires to learn how to cook but doesn't have the time to invest in complicated, time-consuming recipes. 

Special thanks to Scribner, for sharing the recipe for Impatient broccoli ramen with our memers today and for providing three copies of this title in our contest below.


Impatient broccoli ramen
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Serves 6

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated with a rasp style zester
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 quarts low-sodium beef stock
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1⁄2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package enoki or Bunapi mushrooms, stem ends trimmed
  • 1 pound fresh ramen noodles
  • 6 scallions, sliced, for garnish
  • Sriracha sauce, for serving

Unless you were using the just-add-water kind, making homemade ramen from scratch has been inaccessible to most home cooks, especially impatient ones. Just the tonkotsu broth alone can take days to make. And the sourcing of all the hard-to-find ingredients? Forget it! It took some experimenting, but we finally hacked a great, fast broth using beef stock as a base. The result is impatient foodie-friendly ramen anyone can make at home.

 1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Place the eggs in the boiling water and cook for 6 minutes. Cool in an ice bath and peel when cool enough to handle. Set aside.

2. In a large pot, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, miso, garlic, and ginger. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

3. Add the beef stock and 2 cups water while whisking, making sure there are no lumps. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.

4. Add a generous pinch of salt and taste. If the broth needs more salt, add to your liking. Add the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms and the noodles. Stir to combine and return to a boil. Boil until the noodles are cooked, about 3 minutes.

5. Divide the noodles among bowls, top with the broth, broccoli, mushrooms, and half a soft-boiled egg per person. Sprinkle with the scallions and an artistic splatter of Sriracha (if using). Enjoy!


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • rchesser  on  10/31/2017 at 7:45 PM

    Carrot mini cupcakes with dulce de leche!

  • LarissaPrusak  on  10/31/2017 at 7:46 PM

    Oh my, this book sounds fantastic. It is all veggie and with lots of Miso recipes. Perfect for me

  • lauriesk  on  10/31/2017 at 8:16 PM

    The first recipe I would try is Thai coconut cauliflower soup.

  • ravensfan  on  10/31/2017 at 8:45 PM

    Red beet velvet cake

  • jezpurr  on  10/31/2017 at 10:37 PM

    Watermelon Jolly Rancher margarita!!!^_^

  • heyjude  on  11/1/2017 at 1:57 AM

    Eggplant Tacos

  • sgump  on  11/1/2017 at 3:41 PM

    The beet and ricotta spaghetti sounds most curious--I'd be eager to try it!

  • lpatterson412  on  11/1/2017 at 4:46 PM

    Zucchini Minestrone!

  • ebs  on  11/1/2017 at 7:48 PM

    Raw broccoli salad with sesame dressing

  • Shelley.b  on  11/2/2017 at 4:38 AM

    Mini carrot cupcakes with dulce de leche icing

  • Dannausc  on  11/2/2017 at 7:02 AM

    Eggplant tacos

  • lebarron2001  on  11/2/2017 at 10:42 AM

    Spaghetti with shrimp in a creamy tomato-saffron sauce

  • matag  on  11/3/2017 at 6:16 AM

    Useless spice split roast chicken

  • kmn4  on  11/3/2017 at 10:52 AM

    Orange blossom cashew butter cookies with star anise

  • sarahawker  on  11/3/2017 at 11:12 AM

    Carrot mini cupcakes with dulce de leche

  • lgroom  on  11/3/2017 at 2:18 PM

    Cauliflower coconut soup

  • t.t  on  11/4/2017 at 1:56 AM

    One-pot lemony kale and quinoa bowl

  • PennyG  on  11/4/2017 at 5:53 PM

    Muffin-tin eggplant Parmigiana!

  • robynsanyal  on  11/5/2017 at 2:48 PM

    Thai coconut cauliflower soup

  • skipeterson  on  11/6/2017 at 2:30 PM

    Raspberry-almond marble cake with basil glaze

  • motherofpearl81  on  11/6/2017 at 8:49 PM

    Eat your veggies soup

  • RSW  on  11/7/2017 at 6:13 AM

    Carrot mini cupcakes with dulce de leche

  • bibliophile02  on  11/7/2017 at 1:07 PM

    Beet and ricotta spaghetti

  • ZhoraAutumn  on  11/12/2017 at 1:01 PM

    Carrot salad with radicchio and feta-pistachio dressing (page 33)

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 1:56 PM

    Beet gratin with Gruyère and goat cheese

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 6:55 PM

    Cheesy asparagus tartines

  • horselady57  on  11/13/2017 at 8:36 PM

    The brocooli ramen! I've been looking for a recipe for ramen that wasn't ridiculous but also tasted flavorful and good!

  • ktwalla  on  11/17/2017 at 6:02 PM

    Carrot Mini Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche

  • RickPearson54  on  11/18/2017 at 7:18 AM

    eggplant tacos

  • circ2000  on  11/18/2017 at 8:18 AM

    Carrot Mini Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche

  • tararr  on  11/18/2017 at 9:57 AM

    Sunchoke soup

  • AngelaLCooks  on  11/19/2017 at 9:05 AM

    Cauliflower risotto

  • cluttercafe  on  11/19/2017 at 1:36 PM

    muffin tin eggplant parm for sure!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/19/2017 at 10:09 PM

    Broccoli ramen

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:31 PM

    Thai coconut cauliflower soup

  • thewoobdog  on  11/21/2017 at 1:09 PM

    I'd try the Impatient Broccoli Ramen first - might try it NOW since it's the free recipe!

  • lhudson  on  11/22/2017 at 7:33 AM

    Five-ingredient zucchini sausage orecchiette

  • LaurenE  on  11/23/2017 at 7:42 AM

    Raw broccoli salad with sesame dressing

  • Sfgordon  on  11/26/2017 at 6:58 PM

    Rossellini spaghetti and cauliflower risotto look delish!

  •  on  11/30/2017 at 12:42 AM

    Raspberry-almond marble cake with basil glaze

  • auntietina  on  12/1/2017 at 1:05 AM

    Muffin-tin eggplant Parmigiana

  • stephlinde  on  12/1/2017 at 10:31 AM

    Red beet velvet cake

  • matwell  on  12/1/2017 at 3:58 PM

    Carrot mini cupcakes with dulce de leche sounds phenomenal.

  • laffersk  on  12/3/2017 at 10:02 PM

    Eggplant tacos

  • Rosesrpink50  on  12/5/2017 at 5:08 PM

    I think I would make the Swedish meatballs!

  • ewidgren  on  12/5/2017 at 5:20 PM

    coconut cauliflower soup!

  • jmay42066  on  12/6/2017 at 8:55 PM

    Eat your veggies soup

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