KEEPERS, by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion,

Simple. Scrumptuous. A fabulous, easy cookbook for every busy person. Use-tested by a lot of friends, I can attest that the recipes are - while not screamingly original - solid dishes you'll be happy to add to your outa-time-outa-energy repertoire. Loaded with good tips for any cook, the two authors have serious Saveur Magazine chops, so you can rely on their expertise in prep tricks, cooking timing, and just plain good kitchen sense. Take, for example, Morning Chicken on page 44: simple, direct, and it will anchor a fabulous meal. Or the veggie recipes: No-Fuss Roasted Potatoes is perfect as a side to almost any main. One of my favorites is Italian Tomato-Bread Salad, page 176. This book will make your life so  much simpler! It's a 4. And, by the way, the Massaged Kale salad is sooo easy, and you'll wow friends and family with your technique. Look for a monthly cookbook review at as well as no-spoiler book reviews.