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The Busy People's Fast and Frugal Cookbook Paperback – October 13, 2009

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About the Author

Dawn Hall self-published her first cookbook when she needed to raise money to pay for her late husband's cancer treatment. Since then she has more than 1 million copies of her cookbooks in print. Her books contain simple, great-tasting dishes for busy people who like to eat real, everyday food. Her books also help to motivate and inspire healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595552901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595552907
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our family's personal story of triumph over tragedy is used to give God all the praise and glory with the hope that readers will feel encouraged, inspired, refreshed; and that they too can overcome the unthinkable.

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.

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Any cookbook really has two things going on: the book itself, and the food it produces. This cookbook has so many advantages as a book that I'd like to be able to recommend it without hesitation. Recipes are sorted by prep time, so you can decide if you have 10 minutes to whip up some Hawaiian Sweet Potato soup, and the main dishes (including soups) are presented with a full menu. The book instructs you to set a timer before starting, and then gives you all the steps, and I found that by following the directions I was indeed able to get the meals on the table before the timer rang.

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.
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There are many things to like about this cookbook. I love the list of supplies and the shopping list included. Most recipes include a photo (albeit a pretty small one) and the recipes are for the most part pretty standard fare that most people would enjoy. If you have picky eaters, this would be a good book to try! Each recipe includes basic nutritional information as well, so you will have an idea of how many servings you will get along with the protein, carb, fiber, calorie, etc. content of each.

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.
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Thanks to Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers, I was able to review the new cookbook The Busy People's Fast and Frugal Cookbook By Dawn Hall. It says that it has "perfect recipes for any cook with little time and even less money."

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

Main Dishes:
Little Italy Open-faced Sandwiches
Penne in Creamy Italian Sauce
Cheese is King Macaroni and Cheese - "guilt-free"
Oriental Chicken Pot Pie

European Asparagus
Spiced Baked Oranges

Breads and Biscuits:
Garlic and Parmesean Rye Toast
Cheddar Chive Bagel Crisps

Pineapple Cherry Delight
Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Strawberry Smoothie

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!
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