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Love Trader Joe's? This cult-classic independent cookbook (the first and original TJ cookbook) features recipes that use ingredients all from Trader Joe's. By combining Trader Joe's unique products with fresh ingredients, Deana and Wona create clever shortcuts to quick and easy gourmet meals that are delicious and exciting. The recipes in this book treat Trader Joe's like Love Trader Joe's? This cult-classic independent cookbook (the first and original TJ cookbook) features recipes that use ingredients all from Trader Joe's. By combining Trader Joe's unique products with fresh ingredients, Deana and Wona create clever shortcuts to quick and easy gourmet meals that are delicious and exciting. The recipes in this book treat Trader Joe's like a "prep kitchen"--using the great selection of unique sauces, mixtures, and prepped items to make flavorful, natural, homemade food in a snap. Many of the recipes are vegetarian or can easily be made vegetarian. Ethnic dishes like Saag Paneer Lasagna are scattered throughout, as well as classic comfort foods like Comfy Chicken Pot Pie. Crowd-pleasing recipes include Peanutty Sesame Noodles, Black Bean Soup, Macho Nacho, Seafood Paella, Curried Chicken Pitas, Wilted Spinach with Attitude, Honey I Ate the Chocolate Bread Pudding, and All Mixed Up Margaritas. People who don't know how to cook or don't want to cook will appreciate the Bachelor Quickies section, featuring frozen and ready-to-heat selections that are matched to create complete and impressive menus. With full-color photographs for every recipe, wine suggestions, humorous personal stories, and cooking tips sprinkled throughout, this collection is a must for any Trader Joe's fan.


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Love Trader Joe's? This cult-classic independent cookbook (the first and original TJ cookbook) features recipes that use ingredients all from Trader Joe's. By combining Trader Joe's unique products with fresh ingredients, Deana and Wona create clever shortcuts to quick and easy gourmet meals that are delicious and exciting. The recipes in this book treat Trader Joe's like Love Trader Joe's? This cult-classic independent cookbook (the first and original TJ cookbook) features recipes that use ingredients all from Trader Joe's. By combining Trader Joe's unique products with fresh ingredients, Deana and Wona create clever shortcuts to quick and easy gourmet meals that are delicious and exciting. The recipes in this book treat Trader Joe's like a "prep kitchen"--using the great selection of unique sauces, mixtures, and prepped items to make flavorful, natural, homemade food in a snap. Many of the recipes are vegetarian or can easily be made vegetarian. Ethnic dishes like Saag Paneer Lasagna are scattered throughout, as well as classic comfort foods like Comfy Chicken Pot Pie. Crowd-pleasing recipes include Peanutty Sesame Noodles, Black Bean Soup, Macho Nacho, Seafood Paella, Curried Chicken Pitas, Wilted Spinach with Attitude, Honey I Ate the Chocolate Bread Pudding, and All Mixed Up Margaritas. People who don't know how to cook or don't want to cook will appreciate the Bachelor Quickies section, featuring frozen and ready-to-heat selections that are matched to create complete and impressive menus. With full-color photographs for every recipe, wine suggestions, humorous personal stories, and cooking tips sprinkled throughout, this collection is a must for any Trader Joe's fan.

30 review for Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    I like the idea more than I like the book itself. Because Trader Joe's is the home of prepackaged, quasi-pre-prepared food, this is not so much a cookbook as a bunch of ideas about how to present the food. There are a few dishes that look really creative (there's a saag lasagna that looks intriguing), but some of them seem like little more than a list of foods that you can serve with whatever it is you bought at TJ's (hummus, for example - serve it with pita crisps! and red pepper strips!). It's I like the idea more than I like the book itself. Because Trader Joe's is the home of prepackaged, quasi-pre-prepared food, this is not so much a cookbook as a bunch of ideas about how to present the food. There are a few dishes that look really creative (there's a saag lasagna that looks intriguing), but some of them seem like little more than a list of foods that you can serve with whatever it is you bought at TJ's (hummus, for example - serve it with pita crisps! and red pepper strips!). It's not a bad book, and most TJ's shoppers will find at least one recipe that's useful. It just doesn't quite live up to its potential, unfortunately.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Farnoosh Brock

    Deana Gunn is the co-author of two books, Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s, the main cookbook and The Trader Joe’s Companion – A Portable Cookbook, for carrying with you to the store. She is also my cousin and my friend. Yet it was more than a year after I knew about her books before getting my own copies, and now I wish I had not waited so long. With all the cookbooks we have, I did not think we need yet another one – but there was often the frantic rush to 3 or 4 different stores to pull t Deana Gunn is the co-author of two books, Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s, the main cookbook and The Trader Joe’s Companion – A Portable Cookbook, for carrying with you to the store. She is also my cousin and my friend. Yet it was more than a year after I knew about her books before getting my own copies, and now I wish I had not waited so long. With all the cookbooks we have, I did not think we need yet another one – but there was often the frantic rush to 3 or 4 different stores to pull together everything we needed for most of our recipes. Naturally, with these recipes, we need only to visit one store, the one and only Trader Joe’s! What sets Deana Gunn and co-author Wona Miniati’s books apart from the mass of other cookbooks out there? First and foremost, it is specifically made and tailored for the Trader Joe’s lover. If that’s not enough, I will give you my Top 10 Reasons for having the recipe book in my kitchen and the companion on the go: 1. Authenticity: The source is reliable. I know of the genuine effort, labor and sweat put into these books, into each recipe and each creation. 2. Professionalism: The photos are professional and show the exact final results. 3. Variety: The Fusion recipes from all over the world, from Ethnic to European to American classics, ensure there is something for all palates. 4. Simplicity: The recipes are easy to make and the clear instructions are, from our repeated experience, super easy to follow. 5. Vegetarian Options: Many, many vegetarian and a few good vegan recipes, all of which do wonders for a light yet satisfying meal 6. For Everyone: No previous cooking experience necessary and no fancy “chef” language used. 7. Ready to go Ingredients: Most vegetables and some fruits are pre-cut and pre-washed at Trader Joe’s so you will use exact amounts and spend less time preparing them. 8. Persian Touch: True to her heritage, Deana included Persian recipes here and those tested are heartily approved by her picky Persian cousin, me! 9. Gourmet at Ease: A gourmet touch and twist to each recipe, without the added burden of 3+ hour usual preparations. 10. Affordability: Trader Joe’s has many advantages to other stores, but a main one is the great pricing of all their goods.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alan Matsumoto

    Very easy recipes drawn from ingredients found entirely in Trader Joe's stores. I've made two recipes from the book (pasta alla checca and eggplant parmesan pasta) and they tasted great and were super easy to put together. I also appreciated that they had photos to accompany almost every dish. I like to see what I'm going to cook.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I was a bit underwhelmed with this cookbook because I didn't find a lot of items that sounded appetizing. That's probably just my personal dislike of certain foods that permeated a lot of the recipes. Someone less picky would probably find this book a bounty. Especially given that it contains approximate 120 recipes -- so there are plenty of recipes from which to choose. The selection is varied too: soups, salads, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, drinks, light meals, and family meals. Many of t I was a bit underwhelmed with this cookbook because I didn't find a lot of items that sounded appetizing. That's probably just my personal dislike of certain foods that permeated a lot of the recipes. Someone less picky would probably find this book a bounty. Especially given that it contains approximate 120 recipes -- so there are plenty of recipes from which to choose. The selection is varied too: soups, salads, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, drinks, light meals, and family meals. Many of the recipes involve little more than opening packages, mixing ingredients, and heating portions in the microwave, stove top, or oven -- especially those found in the "Bachelor Quickies" section. Even more convenient ... all of the ingredients can be purchased at one store. They name specific TJ products and quantities to purchase for each recipe, which is very handy. As all good cook books do, it starts off by explaining measurements, conversions, cookware, utensils, and condiments used in the recipes. There's an explanation about the Trader Joe's market concept in the front and a list of TJ stores in the back. Plus, many recipes have little post-it notes on its photo page offering wine/beer suggestions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Okay, I didn't actually READ this cookbook, but I want to recommend it to those who shop regularly at Trader Joe's. It has quick, easy, week-night kind of recipes and some excellent ideas for things to do with TJ's products. I'm a pretty advanced cook, but don't always have the inspiration to pull multiple TJ's semi-prepared products together into something more interesting than the obvious. This will definitely improve the variety of my basic dinner menu rotation. So far the recipes I've tried Okay, I didn't actually READ this cookbook, but I want to recommend it to those who shop regularly at Trader Joe's. It has quick, easy, week-night kind of recipes and some excellent ideas for things to do with TJ's products. I'm a pretty advanced cook, but don't always have the inspiration to pull multiple TJ's semi-prepared products together into something more interesting than the obvious. This will definitely improve the variety of my basic dinner menu rotation. So far the recipes I've tried have been quite good too. I think this will become one of my go-to cookbooks, especially since I know I can find ALL the ingredients at TJ's!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I ended up buying this after checking it out from the library. Everything I've tried so far has been delicious: the almond pudding, persian green beans, updated green bean casserole, pesto gazpacho, muffaletta. I've also used it for inspiration, making my own version of italian wedding soup, green garbanzo salad, and pork enchiladas-- which became pork tostadas, really. Note- I'm too lazy to go find the book and get the recipe titles correct.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I love going to Trader Joe's so when this book came in the new books at the library I immediately checked it out. I made the totasta recipe and they were excellent. I made some others and they were good too. My only concern is being able to find all the ingredients at my local Trader Joe's I think I will ask one of my sisters to give it to me for Christmas.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    hoooooly crap! the library has this one, and I am 3rd in the queue! how to make the most of my trader joe's lifestyle, which I thought was already pretty good without the book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Two friends share their recipes for quick gourmet meals using ingredients found at Trader Joe’s. Included are some appetizers and other dishes that would be great for holiday entertaining. Keep up with new recipes and ideas at the book’s website, blog, and Facebook page.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Juliet

    Seemed like a good idea...but it feels like the ideas are a little TOO simple to have warranted a cookbook. There are a few more complex recipes (with ingredient lists to match), but most are just variations of things you could probably figure out on your own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is a brilliant idea, and even though I sometimes feel like I cook with all things Trader Joe’s, I think I could expand my repertoire with this book. They don’t sell the book at Trader Joe’s – too bad!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this cook book! I am just starting to cook more and this has been really helpful with guiding me since everything is simple and everything I make is delicious! Checked it out from my local library, and loved it sooo much that I just bought a copy for myself.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margee

    These recipes are handy if you routinely buy from Trader Joe's, though much of what the stores offer is gourmet-style convenience food for those times when you'd rather *not* cook, so the value of the recipes seems marginal. The book's true worth probably lies in menu-planning--a good 'idea' book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This book is interesting and gave me a few new ideas on how to cook with Trader Joe's foods. Nothing too earth-shattering but I did appreciate that EVERY recipe had a picture! Wish every cook book was that way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    My eyes perked up when I saw this in the library, but honestly, there's nothing perky in here. If I'm going to purchase TJs products, I'm either going to use them as is, or use them creatively myself, and not turn to a recipe to figure out what to do with them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane Smith

    Great cookbook. This one doesn't leave our kitchen counter. The ingredients are easy to find and the recipes are formatted very clearly. Black Bean Soup and Stuffed Peppers and the chocolate mousse are my favorites.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane Smith

    Great cookbook. This one doesn't leave our kitchen counter. The ingredients are easy to find and the recipes are formatted very clearly. Black Bean Soup and Stuffed Peppers and the chocolate mousse are my favorites.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Trader Joe's ROCKS so this looks like a book I have to read. And I love to cook too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne

    Quick, easy, yummy recipes using ingredients from T.J.'s

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miss Mouse

    Some neat ideas.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shazia

    The recipes are so easy. I will be trying some of them and will also try to buy my own copy of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Unfortunately, I have heard that the inventory turns over so much at TJ that a lot of the recipes in this book are now obsolete. Boo!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Made the Chipolte Chili last night and it was Very Good! Definitely will become one of our preferred cookbooks, especially since we shop Trader Joe's every week!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Nothing new here . . . just a lot of cardboard packaging.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gina Tackett

    I seriously love Trader Joe's. They have the most wonderful products and sometimes, I have no clue what to do with them. This book helps a lot, plus it gives me a lot of great recipes to try that don't take very long. This book is a wonderful size, and jammed packed with amazing recipes. If you are a fan of TJ's like I am this book is a must.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Great. Love that it has photos and nutritional information on every recipe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Reading

    In their thank you notes at the beginning, the author's thank their families for tasting "the yummy to the crummy." Paging through these fabulous, glossy, full color, drool-worthy photos, I doubt these family tasters suffered much. If you are looking for inspiration or creative simple ideas to share with friends, this book has you covered. I have kept it out just to page through while waiting for the man to make me dinner. Not only is it a sturdy construction, the pages wipe off well too. There is In their thank you notes at the beginning, the author's thank their families for tasting "the yummy to the crummy." Paging through these fabulous, glossy, full color, drool-worthy photos, I doubt these family tasters suffered much. If you are looking for inspiration or creative simple ideas to share with friends, this book has you covered. I have kept it out just to page through while waiting for the man to make me dinner. Not only is it a sturdy construction, the pages wipe off well too. There is even a handy TJ location guide at the end. Our state definitely needs more, but worth the drive. (Delicious recipes inside can be constructed with ingredients from locations other than TJ.) From appetizers and soups, drinks to sides and not too complicated main meals, this book covers food for any time of day. I am grateful I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Took with me to Tday dinner so the relatives who cook could look at it, we all agreed the photos make the receipes look good. Can't wait for TJs to open here. I might copy a few pages to see if I can make the dishes. Not finished wishing with it, kind of like the sears catalog when I was a kid. Today, 24 Nov 12, I marked the pages I will copy, to see if I can make a receipe come out like the photo. I'm turning the book in tomorrow, if the few cooking attempts turn out successful I may have to le Took with me to Tday dinner so the relatives who cook could look at it, we all agreed the photos make the receipes look good. Can't wait for TJs to open here. I might copy a few pages to see if I can make the dishes. Not finished wishing with it, kind of like the sears catalog when I was a kid. Today, 24 Nov 12, I marked the pages I will copy, to see if I can make a receipe come out like the photo. I'm turning the book in tomorrow, if the few cooking attempts turn out successful I may have to legally acquire this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    fist of all i must say that i requested this book from my library sad to say that this was not the book that i asked them to get i wanted to see the gluten free trader joe's this one looked very out dated and NOTHING looked good in fact the pictures of the food made it look like nastiness yuck i found nothing to make from this nothing at all very disappointing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is great easy cookbook. The recipes all include ingredients from Trader Joe products. Many of them are already prepackaged items that are combined or have additional ingredients added. The pictures of the recipes are very good too.

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