Donna Hay: The Fast Five Review

Donna Hay: The Fast Five Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
October 31, 2022

The Fast Five Cookbook Review

In this week's cookbook review, we are back with one of our favorite cookbook authors. Donna Hay, Australia's most trusted and bestselling cookbook author, returns with The Fast Five, a book you'll want to cook and eat from time and time again - the ultimate bible of fast, delicious recipes for busy families.

It's easy to get stuck on the same weekly repertoire of recipes - that safety net dishes we know by heart. The Fast Five is here to give your favorite dishes five fast flavor makeovers with simple switch-ups and tasty twists.

Donna Hay: The Fast Five

All-Time Favorites Reimagined

We all know how easy it is to get back to the same recipes over and over again. With a simple change-up, weeknight dinners transform into flavor-forward crowd-pleasers. If you can add a burst of freshness and some pantry magic into a crumb, filling, or patty, you can enjoy all your take-out favorites in super yum, better-for-you ways - and faster than it takes to order in.

All-time classics and old stand-bys - lasagne, pasta, tacos, and more - are reinvented with midweek twists focusing on cutting down time and upgrading flavor. Weekly go-tos are given a new lease on life as Donna takes tried-and-tested recipes and gives them a fresh new twist.

For example, the weekly taco night moves from straight out-of-the-box ready-made to fresh and delicious fit-for-a-restaurant, with five flavourful variations made inclusive for all tastes and preferences. With fresh salsas and sides, a fully-fledged feast comes fresh to the table in minutes.

Donna Hay: The Fast Five
Chorizo, Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos. Photography by Chris Court and Con Poulos (p. 33)

Comfort Food at its Best

The Fast Five is a cookbook packed with delicious classics with more personality, crunch, and punchy flavor than ever!

Golden schnitzels feature more crunch, flavor, and personality than ever, thanks to a few new heroes and a simple flick of the wrist. Bolognese takes a well-earned rest and is replaced with five super quick pastas coated in silky sauces and peppered with surprise flavor bombs.

Dona's fresher-than-fresh tray salads are loaded with punchy, crunchy yum to carry you from breezy midweek dinners to easy lunches with friends. And your favorite desserts have been reimagined as five instant flavor hits with all the sticky, syrupy, nostalgia-soaked goodness you love.

Although this book it's all about classics with a twist, these recipes still live in that comfort zone of reassuring deliciousness. Like in all of Dona Hay's previous books, all the recipes are relatively easy to do with straightforward instructions, and for the first time ever, you'll find along the way QR codes that you can scan and bring the pages to life with instant videos featuring Dona's clever tips and flavor tricks.

Donna Hay: The Fast Five
Saucy Egg Noodles. Photography by Chris Court and Con Poulos (p. 139)

Final Thoughts

Whether you're looking for ways to improve on your favorites or a total kitchen refresh, The Fast Five will bring you new fabulous new flavor combinations - all done without ever straying from your repertoire of go-tos.

The Fast Five is like a bible of fast, delicious recipes you need to know, made in ways you've never tried before.


The Fast Five is all about taking your favorite recipes and reimagining them faster and more deliciously. ‍









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