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4 Ingredients :  Over 340 Quick, Easy and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Less Ingredients - Kim McCosker

4 Ingredients

Over 340 Quick, Easy and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Less Ingredients

Paperback Published: 1st March 2010
ISBN: 9780646470801
Number Of Pages: 240

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Has over 340 quick, easy and very delicious recipes that can easily whip up a wow your friends and family, and all with only 4 or less ingredients. You won't need to spend a fortune in measuring utensils.

To use '4 ingredients' all you will need is 1 cup, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon, it's cooking made real easy!


Have you ever experienced any of the following?

1. You look at your watch and think, “Gosh, it’s 6:30! What am I going to cook for dinner?”

2. You collect your children from school and immediately hear a resounding “I’m hungry!” from the backseat.

3. You spend hours on the phone trying to explain how to cook something to your grown child who has just moved out.

4. OH MY GOD . . . They’re coming over for dinner!!!?

5. The clock says 11 p.m. and you’re exhausted, but the kids’ lunch boxes must be packed for the next day. Peanut butter and jelly? Again?

6. You go to the pantry, look at it (full to the brim), and think, “Nothing in there!”

7. You find yourself cooking spaghetti and meatballs for the kids AGAIN!!!

8. You spend all afternoon cooking, only to have to scour the kitchen afterward.

9. You want to make something memorable for a dinner party but dread having to buy and prepare so many ingredients.

10. You feel excited about cooking great food but want to do it without breaking the weekly food budget.


And your family, your friends, and their families and their friends.

The 4 Ingredients concept is all about preparing delicious food easily and inexpensively by:

Reducing the number of ingredients required to make something yummy. Every one of these fabulous recipes is made with only four or fewer ingredients. Our aim was to simplify without compromising on flavor.

Reducing the number of utensils required to make something yummy. The only measuring equipment required to make the recipes in this book is a set of measuring spoons and a measuring cup. Any other measurements (e.g., ounces) will be marked on the store-bought product.

Reducing the amount of money spent on food each week. Food is one of the largest items in the weekly budget, so it is well worth shopping around for good-quality food at a reasonable price. By reducing the ingredients, you do not need to buy as much. A recipe with eight ingredients generally costs more to prepare than a recipe with four.

Reducing the mess. By simplifying the recipe, you often simplify the cleanup, which adds up to saved time . . . something most of us could do with more of these days.

We are two everyday moms who absolutely love and adore our families, and like most busy mothers are always appreciative of ways to create more time for them.

The reality of 4 Ingredients began when Rachael Bermingham presented Kim McCosker with a signed copy of her new book Read My Lips. Kim was admiring what her extremely talented friend had achieved when Rachael remarked, “Everyone has a good book inside them!” And a little while later the very courageous and creative Mrs. McCosker validated that statement by casually mentioning her own book idea to Rachael.

“What is it?” Rach asked.

“A book full of yummy recipes with four or fewer ingredients.”

“BRILLIANT!” Rachael exclaimed. “You HAVE to do it!”

“Too hard, no time,” Kim replied.

“No way,” said the unstoppable Mrs. Bermingham.

“Love . . . I’ve had this idea for years. I’ve been collecting recipes for years and have never done anything with it. I’ll sit on it for years more because the mere thought of writing a book is SCARIER than a teething toddler . . . AND THEY ARE SCARY!!!” (We both currently have them.)

“It’s not that hard,” Rach said.

And Kim replied, “Yeah . . . you write it with me, then!!!!”

We self-published 4 Ingredients in our native Australia in 2007. What began as a revolutionary idea hatched in Kim’s kitchen has since become a necessity in homes all over the country. Literally millions of copies have been sold. Currently, one out of ten Australian households has a copy of 4 Ingredients! And now we’re thrilled to be able to share this wonderful, time-saving, money-saving concept with the United States. In the past three years, we have come up with even more delicious recipes we know you’ll love, including Huevos Rancheros, Coney Island Burgers, and Sweet Potato Mash with Crisp Sage Leaves—all with fewer than four ingredients. For this edition, we also took out dishes that are, perhaps, a bit too Aussie, even for those of you who have traveled to the glorious Down Under. We’ll save the Vegemite for the second book!

Best wishes and happy cooking!

—Rachael and Kim, December 2010

Copyright © 2007 by Meymott Enterprises Pty Ltd PR International Pty Ltd

ISBN: 9780646470801
ISBN-10: 0646470809
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 2010
Publisher: 4 Ingredients
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.32

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Rachael Bermingham & Kim McCosker

About the Author

The 4 Ingredients Cookbooks.

Written by Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker, these bestselling cookbooks are jam packed full of quick, easy and very delicious recipes that you can easily whip up to WOW your friends and family, and ALL with only 4 or fewer ingredients.

You won't need to spend a fortune in measuring utensils. To use 4 Ingredients all you will need is 1 cup, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon - it's cooking made real easy!

There are fantastic recipes for breakfast to dinner, entrees to desserts and lunchbox delights.

You will be super surprised and delighted with the fantastic dishes you can create using this easy to follow cookbook AND with ingredients mainly already found in your pantry!

If you are a busy person, or on a tight budget, have moved out of home, are still fine tuning your culinary skills, are going camping, are on the move and haven't a lot of room for a full pantry, OR you simply haven't had time to do the groceries, then this is the book for you!

The BESTSELLING COOKBOOK in AUSTRALIA with over 2 million copies sold!

Rachael Bermingham is the highest selling self-published female author in Australia. Collectively she has sold over 2.5 million copies of her books in just 3 years!

A born entrepreneur, her professional career commenced at age 19 when she opened her first business (a hair salon) before taking on an assortment of exciting careers including diving, shark feeding and travel consultancy. However her passion for helping others to succeed and transform their goals into achievements took over and Rachael began her career as an author and motivational speaker.

Her talent for growing businesses from a $0 turnover to a multi-million dollar turnover from her home office using low cost (sometimes no cost) marketing strategies while juggling family commitments is now well documented. Her time management and effective goal setting strategies have lead her to become a popular trainer and mentor to women in six countries, as well as one of Australia’s most inspiring keynote speakers.

A spirited, energetic and enthusiastic mum, she co-wrote and self-published her 1st book ‘Read My Lips’ (a motivational book for women on how to achieve their goals) while breastfeeding her son Jaxson, co-wrote her 2nd book ‘4 Ingredients’ during his day sleep times and has co-written her 3rd book ‘4 Ingredients 2’ during his night sleeps! Rachael has just launched her 4th book ‘How to write your own book & make it BESTSELLER’ and 5th book 4 Ingredients Gluten Free. In addition, Rachael also still successfully manages 4 Ingredients, Read My Lips, and Sunshine Coast Speakers from her home office and has just been shortlisted and is in the running to become a Queensland finalist at this year’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

A proud Mum to Jaxson 4, and step mum to Lee 20, and Teri 19, Rachael is a dynamo at life balance, fitting all her business commitments snugly in and around her family commitments.

Through her honesty in sharing her own story as well as her generosity in imparting her knowledge and strategies for moving forward, Rachael is continually inspiring and motivating others to achieve success.

Rachael is on the Today Show each month with Kim, Cameron & Layla, has been featured on various TV programs including A Current Affair, Sunrise, Today Tonight, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, The Great South East and Brisbane Extra as well as numerous magazines and radio programs including the Alan Jones Show on Sydney’s 2GB, Nova, 4BC, ABC and more.

She is an incredible role model successfully balancing her personal and professional life by utilising strategies and actions she advocates and is an exciting and entertaining speaker that adds real value and WOW to any event.

Kim McCosker was born in Stanthorpe and raised there until moving to Mundubbera, Queensland a fantastic little town where many of her wonderful family and friends still live.

Schooled on the Gold Coast, Kim attended Star of the Sea Catholic High School and Griffith University, completing a degree in International Finance in 1998. Kim trained with MLC as a Financial Planner completing her Diploma in Financial Planning through Deakin University in 2000. Kim’s natural ease with people, her ability to communicate effortlessly and her home grown, country confidence served her extremely well as a successful financial adviser and later as the Queensland State Manager of MLC Private Client Services. After the birth of her second child Kim resigned and decided to contract from home writing financial plans.

It was during this phase of her life that 4 Ingredients was brought into a reality. Kim had the idea, but it was at the insistence of her life long friend Rachael Bermingham that they write the book ... And so over a couple of red wines began the wonderful rollercoaster ride 4 Ingredients would go on to become!

Taking a year to compile and cook, 4 Ingredients (or Kim’s fourth child as she lovingly refers to it) was launched on the 14th March, 2007. From an initial print run of 2,000 that was deemed “Over ambitious in a market saturated with cookbooks” Kim and Rachael went on to orchestrate what the trade now refers to simply as “An Absolute Phenomenon!” Not only was 4 ingredients one of the biggest selling titles in both Australia and New Zealand for 2007 but it was THE BIGGEST SELLING BOOK in Australia for 2008!

On the back of the extraordinary success of the book, Kim and Rachael have now filmed two TV series also titled ‘4 Ingredients’ for the Lifestyle Channel. Have launched a very clever application in iTunes that allows you to down load the book to your iphone, smart phone or ipod. Are about to launch their own cookware range in all major department stores across Australia, which they can’t wait to stock in their own kitchens, and have just returned from an extremely successful book launch into the UK and Irish markets.

And as Kim says “No-one is more surprised than us!!!!”

In addition to this, over the past 8 years Glen and Kim have bought and renovated several properties, including a beautiful 1957 Anglican Church, a beachside shack, and the current property they now live in on the Sunshine Coast’s glorious Pelican Waters. Kim maintains the administration, bookwork and finances for their various business and financial interests.

Without a sliver of doubt however, the most rewarding of everything accomplished to date has been the birth of her three precious little boys Morgan, 7 Hamilton 4 and Flynn, 1. For Kim, family is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing in the world and carries the greatest priority of all she does! Renovations to properties were done with the children playing in the yard, recipes tested with them mixing and stirring, books written around their sleep times and trips made only when her wonderfully supportive and very loved husband Glen could be home for them.

Life presents many opportunities, but having the courage and the time to pursue them, in what is an ever increasingly busy and demanding world, is hard. But Kim is living proof that you can achieve whatever you want in life with exactly that ... HARD WORK.

Be Fabulous
Be You!

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