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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.
If you're not a "foodie," just a normal person trying to feed a busy family on a budget, this is pretty much the only cookbook you'll ever need. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SLG521
We use this all the time when we want quick dinners. Some take a little longer than 20 minutes, and we've been more satisfied overall with the main dish recipes than the sides. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel
This is the best cookbook for busy families or couples who don't want to make a big production of dinner. I haven't tried a recipe I didn't like in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kara McCoy
This book fits my lifestyle to a T! So far I've tried several recipes and all were fast, easy, and tasty.Published 4 months ago by Lisa B Strnad
I'll admit. I LOVE cookbooks. I love to collect them, and it drives my wife crazy. Unfortunately, I don't use them as much as I really should. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great reference book for being able to log notes and find frequently occurring meals easily. Great for all busy parents.Published 5 months ago by Mike Strascina
Enjoyed this cookbook. It is a good read as well as a very good guide to fixing dinner quickly and easilyPublished 5 months ago by Mary E Alvey
Many of these recipes are revamped versions of classics, with the fat, salt, and sugar reduced. All of them can be done within 20-30 minutes, which is handy when time is short. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Denise Barney
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 7 months ago by Marcia Bandes