By the Editors of Woman’s Day
Filipacchi Publishing, $12.99, 96 pages

Woman’s Day magazine’s popular Meals in a Hurry series of cookbooks gets a new installment, a spiffy, condensed volume that will appeal to fish lovers and seafood enthusiasts alike: Friday Night is Seafood Night. Like the other cookbooks in the series, Friday Night is Seafood Night was designed for the cook who doesn’t want to sacrifice a delicious meal because of a busy workday. The success of the series is due to the quick, easy, and delicious recipes featured in each book, and this one is no exception. Seafood is often considered daunting and expensive to prepare, even without time constraints, but Friday Night is Seafood Night contains a selection of recipes that are wholesome, nutritious, fast, and easy to put together.

The book is divided into two sections, Fish and Shellfish, and contains an extensive variety of recipes. Choices span the globe and include Baja Fish Tacos, Thai Fish Cakes, Mediterranean Tuna, and New England Fish Chowder. The Shellfish section has a heavy shrimp bias, but also includes a handful of recipes featuring scallops, clams and mussels. Friday Night is Seafood Night is the perfect launching point for a tasty, simple, and upscale start to the weekend.

Reviewed by Mark Petruska