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Editorial Reviews


“If you resolved to cook more at home in 2008, Fix, Freeze and Feast can help...In addition to recipes they also have tips for organizing your shopping list, packaging meals and preventing freezer burn.”

Spokane Spokesman-Review


“If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat home-cooked meals as a family more often, Fix Freeze, Feast could be just the help you need to accomplish that… Fix Freeze Feast” won’t guarantee getting a scattered family home for dinner more often, but it will definitely make it much easier to get the meal on the table.”

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“Not so much a cookbook as a bulk-saving survival guide for harried cooks everywhere.”

Northern Virginia Magazine


Fix, Freeze, Feast is a smart book to keep on the shelf… There's nothing like a hot meal after a long, hard day at work, especially if all the work was done weeks ago!”

Scripps News Service


“[Fix, Freeze, Feast] delivers some yummy new recipes that are easily stored and don't look or taste like frozen meals when they're served days later... Fix Freeze Feast promises to ease the stress of cooking and ensure that you're well fed, with hearty meals, throughout the week or month." (Ladies Home Journal)



“The authors do a great job offering clear instructions for the cooking, an important final step that is too often left to guesswork.”

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About the Author

When Kati Neville went back to work after the birth of her first child, she learned to put home-cooked meals on the table every night by filling her freezer with make-ahead dinners. In 2002, she created Make and Take LLC, the first meal preparation service in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

Lindsay Tkacsik has always loved cooking with a wide range of foods and flavors. She brings her enthusiasm for bold tastes to both her meal preparation business, Mealtime Solutions, and her cookbook writing. Lindsay lives with her husband and three daughters in Washington.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 11.6.2010 edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427265
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kati Neville started filling her freezer with make-ahead meals over a decade ago. In 2002, Kati began operating Make and Take LLC, the first meal assembly business near Portland, OR.

Compelled to reach more families, Kati sold Make and Take LLC in 2006 to focus on writing. Her latest book, Fix, Freeze, Feast, was released in late 2007 by Storey Publishing.

Today, Kati still fills her freezer with make-ahead meals and is protective of her family's dinnertime. She teaches classes locally to public and private groups.

Kati is a contributing editor for The Saver's Kitchen(tm) podcast and frequently blogs on The Forklift. She offers budget-friendly tips and recipes with the audiences of online and print publications, such as Real Simple and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazines. She has demonstrated the money-saving ideas presented in Fix, Freeze, Feast on television programs: Better.TV and Showcase Minnesota.

Ms. Neville is a 4-H leader and Certified Master Recycler. She holds a MS in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon.

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400 of 410 people found the following review helpful By Amy Cathcart on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just got this book a few weeks ago, and I LOVE it! I live in a household of two, and am not a Costco-type shopper when it comes to meats, so everything I have made from this book, I have just halved the recipes to fit my smaller-packages-of-meat shopping patterns. No biggie. I still have three plus meals out of each type of meat I buy for the two of us.

My husband absolutely raved about the Sticky Ribs recipe...and being a die-hard foodie, he is VERY difficult to impress. He has insisted I make them again for a potluck this weekend. I won't give the recipe away, but trust me, for just four ingredients, this one can't be beat. It was worth the price of the book for this one recipe alone.

Overall, this book was a great intro for me on the pleasures of make-ahead cooking. I think I am addicted now! And the fact the recipes in this book do not contain any horrible ingredients like Velveeta cheese, canned "cream of" soups, or refrigerated biscuit dough is great, too! You can feed your family easily, healthfully, and with fewer preservatives and if you purchase this book and make some of the recipes as they are written. I highly recommend it!
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203 of 209 people found the following review helpful By lisalisa on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We are a very active family and this book has transformed my time as well as my grocery bill. It is specifically geared to shopping "warehouse style". Now I am buying in bulk every other week and prepping 14-20 entrees in two to three hours, that need a minimum amount of attention before cooking and serving. Some of our favorites are the 4B's Flank Steak, Salisbury Meatballs, Honey-Glazed Chicken Thighs and Turkish Pork Chops. My husband estimated that I have cut our food bill in half. I like that we aren't wasting food in purchases I intended to make but find I'm too busy to actually prepare. I have bought a lot of OAMC books but I dont have two whole days of uninterupted time (nor do I want to!) for prepping. Fix, Freeze, Feast makes $en$e for me! :-)
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125 of 131 people found the following review helpful By R. Koetke on October 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to aid in dinner prep during the bewitching hour. I made 5 recipes. They go together fairly quickly and quite easily. Once they are thawed (some can be cooked from a frozen state - recipes give specific instructions for re-heating) they are simple to cook, making meal preparation a snap. My 3 kids liked the recipes, as did my husband (who is a culinary professional) and I. (We especially liked the Basil-Balsamic marinade which we used for chicken.) I have cooked in bulk for several years now, but many of the cookbooks I've used have recipes that are outdated and unhealthy. This one is different! No gloopy casseroles with canned cream soup. Instead, look for Tequila-Lime Chicken, Peanut Satay,Apple Cranberry Pork Loin, Asparagus and Potato Frittata, Vegetable Lasagna, Black Bean and Vegetable Chili, etc. They also include some classics, such as Chicken a la King, Beef Barley Soup, several recipes for ribs and steak, regular Chili, and regular Lasagna. Fish and seafood lovers won't be disappointed, as there are several preparations for this genre as well. There is something for everyone here.
The cooking instructions can be copied or printed off their website to attach right to the package before it goes into the freezer. If you've ever come across a mystery package in your freezer, you'll know this is a real plus. It also makes it easier to use these meals as gifts and "love meals" for those who are ill or going through a crisis. There is also a freezer inventory so you can keep track of what you have left in there.
I will definitely try more of the recipes. It may seem like a large output of cash in the beginnig to buy in bulk, but in the long run having meals already prepared actually saves money, as you aren't tempted to call for a pizza or do the breakfast drive-though (frozen breakfast burritos are in the freezer!). Highly recommend.
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266 of 297 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on February 2, 2008
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This cookbook is intended to mimic those places you go to and assemble your meals then take home to freeze. This cookbook is a little different in that I think it's geared more for those who want to swap meals with other families. Their intended assembly method is what they call the "tray" method, where you purchase a large tray of meat at a warehouse club and then come home and assemble 3 like meals out of it. You cannot make less than 3 meals, the ingredients are geared to be mixed together and then distributed among 3 freezer bags. I suppose there are a few recipes where you could in your head divide all the spices and mix-ins by 3 and then just make one freezer bag but if you make a mistake there's no correcting it.

I'm not sure my family would want to eat tequila lime chicken 3 times in a month but if you menu planned far enough in advance I guess you could have it once a month over the next 3 months.

What I think is fantastic about this cookbook is that you could find, for example, 2 other families (whether relatives or neighbors) and then you each make a recipe from the cookbook and swap meals with eachother. That way you're getting 3 different meals and only assembling 3 of the same meal. That for me was the best part of the cookbook.

It would also be perfect if you were providing meals for someone else. You could easily assemble and give to elderly parents, shut-ins, sick friends or relatives, new moms, etc and all they'd have to do is cook it. While that would take some work on their part sometimes it's the prep work and assembly that prevents seniors from cooking not the actual cooking itself. I know my senior mother has a hard time reading small print to see if it's 1/4 tsp or 1/8, etc. Also, chopping hurts her hands.
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