Friday, January 20, 2012

Cookbook review.......

The cookbook I am reviewing today is much more than a book of recipes.  It has menus and shopping lists too!  It is also divided by the seasons:  fall, winter, spring and summer helping you to know and plan with produce that is in season.  The cookbook I am talking about today is called Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely.

Each season has 8 weeks of menus with 6 weeknight main courses each.  First you have the menu, the shopping list, then the recipes.  There are all kinds of neat sidebar notes and tips.  There are side dish serving suggestions as well.  Nutritional information per serving is given too, which is totally understandable and appreciated, especially since the author is also a certified nutritionist.  To me that means a lot of thought and planning went into this book.  Just when you thought I have raved enough about Saving Dinner, the last part of the book there is a freezer section.  If you are up to the challenge, the author will walk you through doing your own 5 meal assembly (all chicken, or all beef, etc.).  It starts with the recipes, the dinner kit shopping list, preassembly prep list,  and then assembly guidelines for the recipes, one at a time.  She gives you freezing and thawing recommendations, then cooking instructions for the day you actually are ready to prepare that meal.  Imagine having a crazy busy week, but knowing you have dinner all ready to go in the oven from a thawed freezer bag in the refrigerator.  I think this would also be a nice gift for a new mom, a senior citizen, or a dad taking care of the kid's while mom is in the hospital.  Taking them a few ready to make healthy meals with your handwritten instructions would make their day, or possibly even their week.

I have made at least 12 recipes from this book so far, and I have liked everything!   I think this would be a great addition to your cookbook library if you have problems planning meals, and especially if you think grocery shopping is a necessary pain.  This book takes some of that pain away.....

Have a wonderful weekend, and see you next week!


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