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The authors' technique, which calls for using convenience foods (canned, frozen, boxed, bagged, or jarred), is based on the idea that the time saved justifies extra cost and sacrificed quality. Their Desperation Pantry includes staples such as canned beans and broth, along with onion powder, frozen lemon juice, pre-shredded cheeses, and produce that is ready to use, such as chopped garlic and sections of citrus fruit. This is not great cooking, but the meals will rescue families from a surfeit of fast food and boxed-pasta dinners.
My children have grown and left the house and I've retired, but I still turn to this cookbook. My favorite is still the creamy clam sauce on angel hair though now I use freshly... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Marcia Bandes
easy, diverse & quick recipes with fun commentary from the authors - though I'm not a woman juggling children work and good food - I am a working woman who appreciates something... Read morePublished 1 month ago by naomi
One of the best cookbooks for busy people who ALWAYS forget to take something out for dinner. I owned this cookbook before but lost it during hurricane Sandy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kelly Melin
I made it about halfway through this book, and it's been lying on my floor ever since. I find it really tired and uncreative. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased in 1997 when I had small children and a busy life. I was "desperate" to find alternatives to unhealthy dinners... fast food, pizza delivery, frozen foods, etc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristy
This is a great cookbook for families with working parents or anyone else. Tons of easy, quick recipes that you really can get on the table in 20 minutes or less. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beth A. Leahy
I found this gem at a thrift store and can't imagine why anyone would give it up! Recipes are easy to follow, flavorful, and really only take 20 minutes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. Holschen
This was recommended by a friend and I use it all the time. Has great recipes made from simple ingredients that you probably already have and are readily available at the local... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ShirleyS
I love this book! I've had it for several years, and use it often. Almost every recipe that I've tried has become a family favorite. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TC