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Dinner for Busy Moms: Easy Strategies for Getting Your Family to the Table (Simple Solutions for Families) Paperback – April 1, 2010

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"This mealtime guide offers sensible advice on organizing your time and workspace with been-there advice from moms who don't want to be slaves to their ovens. The result is a friendly and fun-to-read guide from an always-wise author who feels like a long-lost friend." - Ann Douglas, author, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and Mealtime Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler "The words 'dinner' and 'moms' no longer need to inspire dread, panic, or pizza..."- Paula Spencer, Woman's Day "Momfidence" columnist and author of Momfidence It's 6 p.m., there's nothing in the fridge, and you have no idea what you're serving for dinner...let alone how you're going to get Kid Number One to piano lessons and pick up Kid Number Two from soccer. Study after study proves time spent gathered at the kitchen table is a significant way to strengthen family bonds. Yet, in our time-crunched world, how do we fit the "goal" of providing our families with sit-down meals, with our crazy, busy reality? This is not a cookbook but a strategy guide filled with expert advice from moms just like you. And yes. take-out counts. Learn how to: *Turn off the TV and get back to the table (without a revolt) *"Shop" your pantry *Buy smarter- and save money *Nourish kids of all ages *"Feed" your soul (aka eat in peace) *Empower yourself with foolproof recipes *Answer the question, "What's for dinner?" You: A Crazed, mult-tasking mom trying to juggle it all with little time for grocery shopping, let alone prepping and planning This Book: Frank and fun advice for making mealtimes manageable Jeanne Muchnick has been writing for national women's magazines for more than 20 years with material she's collected from being a harried, multi-tasking mom. Her work has appeared in Woman's Day, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, as well as in a host of newspapers and websites. The mom of two, who lives in Larchmont, NY, blogs about parenting at --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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<DIV>Jeanne Muchnick has more than 20+ years publishing experience as both an editor and a writer. She started her career at Seventeen Magazine, then moved into travel and parenting. Most recently, she was a Senior Editor at the InTown Magazine network, the magazine division of the Westchester-based Journal News where she covered all kinds of lifestyle issues: food, parenting, fashion,</DIV>

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Product Details

  • Series: Simple Solutions for Families
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plain White Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193600500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936005000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,763,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Muchnick has been a contributing writer tonational publications for more than 20 years. A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School, she started her career as an editorial assistant at Seventeen Magazine and from there went on to Good Housekeeping, Woman's World, BaBY Magazine, and Woman's Day Special Interest Publications, with additional stints in the housewares and travel trade press. Her work has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines including Woman's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, Woman's Health & Fitness, Bride's, Modern Bride, Endless Vacation, The Daily News, The New York Times, The Journal News, InTown Westchester,,,, and Westchester Magazine.

She lives in Larchmont, NY with the "chaos" that is her life: husband Mark, two teenaged girls, a dog who sheds, and a coffee machine set to brew by 6:30 a.m. (She promises if you buy her book--or help promote it--she'll brew YOU coffee. Or at the very least, bring dinner.)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heather on October 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This isn't a cook book (although there are recipes at the end), it's advice on how to get your family to the dinner table in an easy, trouble-free way. As we've all heard, eating dinner together as a family is one of the best things you can do for your kids. However, in our increasingly busy world that's seems to be getting harder and harder to do, as kids rush off to sports, dance and other outside activities. This book gives strategies to get families back to the table by whatever means necessary.
I really liked how the author started out by letting us know she was a real person who understood how difficult it was to sit down as a family and have a peaceful dinner, and had dealt with screaming kids throwing food on the floor. It gave me hope that this book was going to give some real life ideas for making dinner more enjoyable, and it does just that.
There are more than just quick and easy eating ideas, there are a lot of tips about improving family togetherness, getting kids interested in cooking, how to deal with picky eaters, organizing your kitchen and how to approach grocery shopping. There are also guidelines like remembering to use manners and making kids set the table and clean up after eating. I loved that the author includes some ideas for topics of conversations that can get everyone interacting.
The book addresses facts about how important it is to make family mealtime a priority, but it's not done in a condescending way, nor does it make parents feel guilty if they aren't able to do it every night of the week. I liked the interesting facts and pictures that were interspersed throughout the book as side boxes, it got the information across without overwhelming me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Collin on April 9, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Dinner for Busy Moms is the perfect companion guide for any busy mom or person for that matter..
Not only did I smile as I read it, I related to author and almost felt like
she knew my life and knew exactly what strategies I needed to get dinner on the table. Totally
user friendly.. mine has stayed in the kitchen on my cookbook shelf, and is the only cookbook I have
opened in the past week!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
It was always my plan to have my family eat dinner at least a few nights a week at the table together, but despite my best intentions it has never really been sucessful. Juggling the schedules of four picky eaters aged 4 - 14, mine and my husband's work hours and commitments make it almost impossible. Most nights I cook up to four separate meals. My younger kids won't eat this, my husband won't eat that, my oldest daughter isn't home from training until 2 hours after dinner etc *sigh*
Dinner For Busy Moms is a practical guide to making mealtimes less stressful and treat it as quality time for the family. There are tips and strategies to work with most situations and involving almost every age group. While the book emphasises the positives of a family meal time, the author is careful to repeat that it is more important to find what works for your family than place it under more pressure. Ideally of course every meal would be a family occassion but if you can manage only a night or two a week, or even a month, then the author recommends you do that. I appreciate the motivational tone the book maintains through out.
Along with the helpful tips for getting the family to the table, the book includes strategies for planning and prepping meals. I can attest to the success of meal planning - with such picky eaters in the family planning ahead works well for me. I have a 4 week simple schedule that repeats itself. There are some nights when meals get swapped or subbed or we get takeway instead but it saves me a lot of time and worry over nightly menus. I always use a shopping list (once it was paper, now its an app) and since I know what I need I can make real savings when something is on special. Dinner For Busy Moms also covers things like reading food labels, food safety and online resources.
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By Ailuah on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is for the absolute beginners. If you have cooked for a family for some time and have something that looks somewhat like a family life then you are probably already too advanced for it.

Let's look at some of the things this book explains:

It describes the situation as it is in a majority of households
It describes the advantages of family meals
It gives tips on how to accomplish a family dinner
It offers tips what kids of all ages can do to help in the kitchen
It offers time saving tips
It suggests how to organize the pantry
It tells you how to construct a shopping list and how to shop
It helps you to plan weekly meals
It talks about must haves for the kitchen
It tells you how to deal with likes and dislikes of kids of all ages
What can kids do to help in the kitchen
It gives you sanity savers for yourself
It offers a few recipes & web resources

In fact it tells you many things that the average reasonable person knows. I mean, come on, who doesn't know that a home cooked meal around the dining table is healthier than having a TV-Dinner lounging on the couch while watching a cartoon?

The manifold advantages of a freezer? Check. How to store seasoning? Check. Reading food labels before buying is recommended? Check. Cheaper stuff is in the lowest aisle? Check. Buying in bulk when on sale? Check. Using coupons? Check.

I am not saying that this book is useless. Not at all. If you are a woman who just had her first kid, who has never cooked for more people than two, who only ever defrosted her dinner in the microwave, go ahead and read this book! It is a useful resource for how to organize your kitchen and your family meals.
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