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The Busy People's Fast and Frugal Cookbook Paperback – October 13, 2009
Cooking in the New Year
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1) God can do far greater things through you than you have ever thought of, dreamed of, or imagined if you allow God and His will to be #1 in your life;
2) Thankfulness is an attitude you choose to have;
3) God still does miracles;
4) All things are possible - even what appears to be the impossible is possible;
5) Keep your eyes totally focused on God lest you become overwhelmed and depressed.
Sit back, laugh and relax while reading this amazing and true story behind the success of award winning author and inspirational speaker, Dawn Hall. With humor, energy and insight she shares her most intimate and personal details of how she triumphed over such tragedies as her husband's brain cancer, two house fires, financial bondage, depression, fighting the government, and the loss of her loving 38 year old husband. "I am an ordinary woman whom God has done extraordinary things through, far greater than I have ever hoped of, dreamed of or imagined! If God can do it through me, He can do it through you, too!"
Without knowing how to type, use a computer or anything about publishing Dawn Hall sold over 650,000 of her self-published cookbooks and won three national awards including 1996, 1998 Best Cookbooks of the Year award by North American Book Dealers exchange, 2000 Pinnacle award. Her amazing story of triumphing over tragedies such as cancer, financial bondage, two house fires and her young husband's death is proof that God is still doing miracles. Her faith, and persistence not to give up trying, is a source of hope, strength and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt down, discouraged, in financial bondage or has been fighting cancer and struggling in life.
Top Customer Reviews
Each dish has a neatly sorted grocery list, and each main dish has a list for the entire suggested meal as well. Instructions are informal yet clear, nutrition information is clearly presented, and overall the book is so user-friendly that I think anyone will be able to succeed with it.
The recipes themselves are something else again. The author refers to these dishes as "down-home cooking" like your grandma used to make, and I guess it depends where you're from. Chipped beef on toast, candied vegetables, and eggs with sauerkraut are very exotic dishes to me. We're assured that these dishes are "delicious recipes that are healthy and easy on the budget," but it's hard to think of meals as healthy when they rely so heavily on things like pie filling and canned biscuits. In fact, cans feature very largely in these meals -- canned soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and even canned meat.
I cooked from this cookbook for a weekend, and I certainly could have cooked fresh food more cheaply than these meals. We tried out a dessert made from graham crackers, pudding, and whipped topping which totaled $4.00 -- more than a homemade cake, and neither more healthy nor more delicious.Read more ›
It definitely fits the requirement of being fast and frugal...fast as the recipes are all easy to do and have limited prep time. Since the ingredient lists are fairly short, that will certainly help in the frugal department. You also won't find a lot of difficult and/or fancy ingredients, which are often what adds a lot of expense with more traditional cookbooks. You will also find tips and hints with most recipes covering such things as how long you can save leftovers to additional garnishes or replacement ingredients. Many recipes have a neat "countdown" showing when to start each step, although it doesn't take into account prep time so be sure to figure that in if the recipe requires things like peeling or chopping veggies.
The main downside of this recipe book is the type of ingredients used. You'll find most recipes include some kind of pre-processed or canned ingredient and many of them include Splenda as a sugar replacement to bring down the calorie count. In the case of Splenda, I'm glad to see the recipes use the version that can be swapped for sugar (or brown sugar) but it seems like a bit of a lazy approach to making "healthy" meals. But I think overall the book works well for the target audience.Read more ›
I selected this book because I want to learn how to cook better meals that don't take hours to prepare and cook. I'm too busy for that! Since this cookbook has meals that are all cooked in 30 minutes or less I thought it would be a great tool to help simplify mealtimes.
As soon as the cookbook arrived, I browsed through it and was really quite surprised by how many great recipes were included.
Here are some of my favorites:
Italian Breakfast Pizza, Banana Crème Crepes, Southwestern Egg Bake Casserole
Cheesy Cranberry Spread
Chicken and Mandarin Orange Chopped Salad
Egg Drop Soup
Creamy Chicken and Noodle Soup
Little Italy Open-faced Sandwiches
Penne in Creamy Italian Sauce
Cheese is King Macaroni and Cheese - "guilt-free"
Oriental Chicken Pot Pie
Spiced Baked Oranges
Breads and Biscuits:
Garlic and Parmesean Rye Toast
Cheddar Chive Bagel Crisps
Pineapple Cherry Delight
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Those were just some of my favorites; there are many more great and healthy recipes in this cookbook. If you're looking for a great cookbook that will help you cook healthy meals in under 30 minutes, this is the book to get!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not a big fan of cooking. In addition to a general dislike of the process, I don't really have the time to spend doing a lot of cooking. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by Celeste
I'm not sure what others expected from a cookbook titled, "Fast" and "Frugal". It's not going to be a gourmet cooking experience, it's for the busy parent struggling to get a... Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by kiwanissandy
I was interested in seeing what this cookbook had to offer. I'm a working mom with two kids and a very hungry husband. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Deltareviewer
I wanted to like this book. I read the preface and I was somewhat moved by the authors struggles and her valiant effort to save others from facing the same problems she faced. Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Amazon Customer
First, let me tell you what I liked. I loved the premise of the book and the author's perspective. I didn't need to read beyond her first couple sentences to know that I could... Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by Stephenie Hovland
The words "fast" and "frugal" are sure to interest many cooks, busy families, working people and others. Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
What a disappointment! For a cookbook that claims to offer "delicious recipes that are healthy AND easy on the budget!," this book leaves a LOT to be desired. Read morePublished on March 17, 2010 by L. Mountford