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Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week [Paperback]

Pilar Guzman , Jenny Rosentrach , Alanna Stang
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July 28 2010
Whether moms have picky or adventurous eaters and whether they love to cook or just endure it, getting dinner on the table weeknight after weeknight is enough to make a mom throw in the towel. It's a grind that wore down former Cookie magazine editors, Pilar Guzmn, Jenny Rosentrach, and Alanna Stanguntil they made it their mission to figure out all the ways they could reclaim the family dinner. Time for Dinner is that playbook of tricks, inspiration, plans, and 100 go-to recipes. With 250 photographs, it's a visual toolkit of a book that gives every mom the ideas and strategies she needs to get a great family meal on the table night after night without losing her mind (or her sense of humor).

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The book is chock-full of fun, simple, and delicious ideas like these that will appeal to moms, dads, kids, singles, and couples. This is a great little book for impromptu weeknight inspiration. I highly recommend it. -- The Kitchn

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Alanna Stang was the executive editor at Cookie and is currently executive editor at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Alanna lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Pilar Guzman was the founding editor-in-chief of Cookie, is a frequent interviewee in national print and broadcast media, a former senior editor and writer at Real Simple, and a regular contributor to the New York Times. She cooks for her two young children and lives in Brooklyn.

Jenny Rosenstrach was the food and features director at Cookie magazine. She is the founder of DinnerALoveStory.com , a website devoted to family dinner, and lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two daughters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My best recipes cookbook March 11 2011
Format:Paperback
For me this is my favorite recipes book. I loved the way the authors wrote each section. The recipes are easy and all the ingredients very accessible. I found this book realistic of today's life. It is user friendly and fun to read. There is nothing about calorie, fat and so on, but if you know yourself around healthy food, you will see that the recipes are healthy ones. I just love it, hope you do too.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give this a zillion stars! April 11 2011
By E. K. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is incredible. I love the 1 star comments...."leftover rice and veggies with an egg on top? That's not a meal!" Um, yes, actually, it is. It's a traditional Korean dish called bibimbap. And the "feel good about" meals are simply a protein/veggie/carb combo so you don't have to stress if your kiddo is not interested in what you've fixed....there's no "recipe" for feeding your kids cheese sticks for dinner.

This book is about making delicious, simple dinners and actually using that time to connect to your family, not creating a gourmet meal. This book is PRICELESS. It's not traditional american fare....no meat/potatoes/salad/bread dinners because that sort of eating is 1) Bad for you and 2) Time consuming. If that's what you're looking for, find another cookbook. The recipes in Time for Dinner are much more healthy and veggie friendly than some Americans are used to, BUT they are delicious. Buy this book if you want to save time, please your family, eat delicious food and get healthier in the process.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Editors of Cookie Magazine put taste and style into family meals Aug. 7 2010
By KCBeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a subscriber to Cookie Magazine, and found myself greatly missing it when it was taken out of circulation. One of the sections I missed most was the recipes that showed one ingredient (for instance, ground turkey), and then plotted a graph showing 3 different ways to cook that item, with photos, tips and final pictures of the meal. All on one page! Well, this cookbook brings that back, along with fantastic images of a stocked fridge, pantry and cabinets. This is a cookbook with usable recipes, helpful tips and great ideas to encourage family dining. First on my list to try is the ice-cube-tray sushi and the sesame noodles with extras. And one more thing - it is a feast for the eyes, with killer photographs and detailed ingredient lists.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun dad and daughter cooking Jan. 25 2011
By Santi - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book specifically so my 12 year old daughter and I could cook dinner together. I had looked through 20 or so books in the store before I settled on this one. (Sorry Amazon) It jumped out out me because the recipes are REAL FOOD that I could see us making with REAL INGREDIENTS without spending hours in the kitchen or hours at the market.

So far, it has been super fun for both of us! It has been about a month, and we already have a few favorite "stock" recipes, as well as some that have been heavily customized for our tastes. A few points about the book:

-There are sections like this: You have these ingredients; you can make this, this, this or that. Very handy when you want to give a kid some choices.
-Specific recipes allow lots of customization, for particular tastes.
-The photos are nice.
-I don't think there is anything in here that can't be done by an adult with moderate cooking experience working with a kid with a little less cooking experience.
-There are lots of recipes that have an ethnic vibe and flavor without being fussy.

And now, some words from the girl: I LOVE THIS COOKBOOK! It is really awesome. I've tried a bunch of the recipes. AND I LOVED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!!! ESPECIALLY THE SWEDISH MEATBALLS! The gorditas are really good too. And so versatile.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource Nov. 23 2010
By Aunty Gabby - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the book after looking through it at a friend's house. Yes, there's lots of white space (but, um, have you seen Martha Stewart? RealSimple? Most other cookbooks?) but I have made about a dozen of the recipes and am happy with the purchase. They are no-nonsense, easily adaptable (I make my own pancakes, I don't use pancake mix, for example, so I'll use my own mix), and generally good.
One of the sections is especially helpful -- what do you have in your pantry? Lentils? Great. Here are three recipes you can use. I like that they have some interesting ingredients (maybe interesting is a stretch, but for a family cookbook, they are) and some leftover strategies.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's good and there's bad. Nov. 3 2011
By kiwanissandy - Published on Amazon.com
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When you have as many low rated reviews as you do good reviews you've got to figure there's something wrong with the cookbook. But I purchased this cookbook just for the chapter Strategic Sunday Dinner. It's the same premise as Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals (Sandra Lee Semi Homemade) meaning you cook some big meal on Sunday and then use the leftovers to transform into other meals for the next 3 days. The goal is to make it to Wednesday.
The first recipe for Sunday is Flank Steak, grilled vegetables, and corn bread. Then you're to turn the flank steak into summer rolls w/dipping sauce, mexican steak & eggs, and then cuban sloppy joes. The excess grilled vegetables then become pasta & bean soup, chicken paprikash, and jambalaya. The corn bread then becomes corn griddle cakes, oven-fried catfish (cornbreading), and then vegetable pakorsas.
I also loved the chapter "8 things to do on the weekend" and it was to make a marinara sauce, boil a pot of beans, roast a chicken, caramelize onions, make a vinaigrette, wash greens, blanch vegetables, mix a chili blend, and freeze ginger garlic and onion ice cubes. I regularly make a crockpot of spaghetti sauce and let it simmer in the crockpot all day to use through the week. This recipe for marinara was good but I would suggest getting Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table. She has a 40garlic chicken that is awesome and I really liked the sauces she has a little better than this one. But it's all personal taste.
A fair number of the recipes are ethnic inspired. There's avgolemono soup, lamb, coconut chicken curry, borscht soup, buttermilk avocado soup, etc...some of the recipes might be a turnoff to small children. I like trying new things so you be the judge whether your family will eat it.
The pictures are good quality, the pages are glossy so they'll wipe clean, it delivers on what it says.
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