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‘Twenty’ will keep you at the table, not in the kitchen

The imaginative recipes include grilled gazpacho, fried catfish sandwich with radish remoulade, and mussels-topped pizza.
The imaginative recipes include grilled gazpacho, fried catfish sandwich with radish remoulade, and mussels-topped pizza.

Workman Publishing produces some of the most attractive, user-friendly books on the market. One new one is “Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals” by Caroline Wright ($13, 208 pages), brimming with imaginative recipes and full-page color photographs.

Wright certainly knows her suff, having graduated from the Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne cooking school in Paris, and serving as food editor at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine. Oh, and she’s a food stylist, too.

In “Twenty,” she makes it easy for home cooks by offering quick and economical recipes that “use simple techniques, fresh produce and ready ingredients that don’t sacrifice flavor or healthfulness for time.” He two most useful tips: “Get organized” and “Don’t stress.”

Thumbing through the book, we worked up an appetite looking at the pictures and reading the recipes for lentil and tuna salad with Kalamata olives, grilled gazpacho, fried catfish sandwich with radish remoulade, mussels-topped pizza, and roasted pork tenderloin with pears and pistachios. Sure, let’s have dessert — toasted brioche with Meyer lemon curd and black-peppered berries.

Now, about tomorrow night’s dinner...

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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