Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week Paperback – Jul 28 2010
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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
About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.
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.