January 11, 2007

Read Any Good Cookbooks Lately?

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Yesterday, I received a new cookbook I ordered: The Dinner Fix by Sandi Richard. My sister-in-law swears by this woman. I think she'd start a fan club, if she had the time. I thought I'd buy this new book and try it out.

The reason why my very busy, working-mom, sister-in-law loves these books, is the same reason Sandi Richard wrote them. Sandi was a frazzled mom of seven (yes, I said seven) who used frozen meals and take out to feed her family. She felt guilty about it, but could she do about it? Who has the time? She had an ephipany at the doctor's office and decided to go about solving the problem of stressful supper times. She started her own business making meal plans and writing cookbooks. Now she has her own show on Canada's Food Network.

So, why are her books different? Just like the Boy Scouts, it's about being prepared. The book is broken into Weekly Menus- five meals a week. This way, you don't have to wonder at 5 pm what you're going to have for supper. At the back of the book and on her website, she has grocery lists for the weekly menu. She says to print them out- laminate them- and take them to the store, so shopping is easy. The directions are simple; the ingredient list is written to the right of instructions. Most meals take 15-20 to prepare, are healthy, and easy to make.

My sister-in-law warns that most of the meals are spicy. A lot of the recipes in this book are Indian, Mexican and Thai. I'm willing to try something different. Menu Week 10 looks interesting. Mmmmm...Chicken Spring Rolls! I'll give them a try over the next few weeks and let you know what I think.

Here's Sandi Richard's website:

http://www.cookingfortherushed.com/index.htm

So, does anyone have a favorite recipe book that they couldn't do without?

5 comments :

  1. Christina, you know I can't resist a cookbook. I like easy and healthy and I love it when they include grocery lists. Are all her meals for large families or are they easy to adjust for less people?

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  2. Most are for 4-6 people but she says you can freeze the extras for nights you don't want to cook.

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  3. This books sounds awesome!! I'm so NEVER prepared!! I'm totally one of those people that get home and start looking around for something to make for dinner. Looks like I'm going to have to check this one out. Thanks for posting it!!

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  4. I love the concept of this book with the list! Thats the hardest part. Isn't one of the major reasons why recipe books don't work is because once we come home from the grocery store we realize how many things we have actually forgotten or better yet misunderstood. Wait! This is coming from me the kitchen nobody

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  5. I'm just now getting around to reading these blogs and I must say I really didn't need another site for my recipe addiction. I am a big fan of the Taste of Home family. I have subscriptions to two of their magazines. "Taste of Home" and "Simple and Delicious". These are recipes sent in by women all around the country, the things they cook at home.

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