Articles / 5 Fast, Flavorful Dishes for Fall

5 Fast, Flavorful Dishes for Fall

Published September 12, 2022

Homey 20 minute recipes from the vast Kitchen Express archive

Just past Labor Day, with back to work and school (after a very long hiatus), we’re seeing plenty of fast recipes for busy people — something that Mark has prioritized throughout his career. Perhaps no book is more apt for the moment than Kitchen Express: 404 Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. The 2009 book has a streamlined format that we’re seeing more of — recipes that are “precisely imprecise.”

“There’s almost never a critical difference between one onion and two,” Mark writes. “A ‘head’ of broccoli might weigh one or one-and-a-half pounds; a steak may be three-quarters to an inch and a half thick— to try and force cooks to follow recipes demanding precision robs them of their ability to improvise, to relax, to substitute, to use their own judgment.” Even a fast, potentially delicious 20-minute meal made with real ingredients is something to celebrate.