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The Make Ahead Cook Paperback – September 1, 2014
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I spent four days trying the two recipes mentioned at the end of this review. Although the recipes I tried were exceptional and tasty, this book barely attains the goal of enabling me to prepare my meals on my schedule and many meals are leftovers starting with the very first one (except for chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8). Here's why.
These are 8 Smart Strategies that are defined:
1. Prep Ahead - the intent is to prepare for tomorrow's meal while today's meal cooks and to take advantage of "storage" time. For instance, for the Roasted Pork Loin w/Potatoes and Mustard Sauce, pork is stored with the potatoes overnight to give them flavor. There were just too many meat recipes in this chapter for my taste.
2. Reheat and Eat - the intent is to take advantage of the cooling and reheating to cut back on the active cooking time. For instance, with the classic beef pot roast, chilling the meat overnight helps it build flavor and makes it easier to cut.
3. Bake and Serve - the intent is to mostly to pre-cook and assemble the ingredients (or store pre-cooked ingredients separately) and then assemble and bake the next day.
4. From Fridge to Table - the intent is to totally cook or prepare the meal and then just remove from the refrigerator the next day and eat.
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But will this one work for YOU? The crucial "make it or break it" factor, of course, is whether the recipes are ones you are likely to make - and which are so tasty you want to make them again and again.
I do want to note that a fair number of these recipes do involve some prep time before final cooking. But the pay-off (especially in the section featuring slow-cooker recipes) is being able to get a meal on the table without a lot of last minute work.
Listed below is a sampling of the recipe choices, divided into vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. I hope this helps you decide whether this book might be right for you. I've included additional information about this book after the list of recipe names.
Although I'm not including a separate list of kid-friendly recipes in this review, many of the ones in The Make-Ahead Cook are likely to please children. They are basics such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, etc. Our kids always loved vegetable soup, making the Slow-Cooker Minestrone soup a contender as well.
So here are some sample recipe choices.Read more ›
When I received this cookbook I sat and went through it page by page. At first, I thought that many of the recipes just weren't something that I would ever try such as the 'Easy Lemon-Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts' or the 'Tofu Salad with Vegetables', but as I continued on through the book, I soon realized there are recipes for everyone. For me, I spotted and made 'Salmon Burgers' and 'All-American Meatloaf' - both easy and both tasted excellent!
The meatloaf recipe states how many it serves/prep time/store up to 24 hours and finish time. It was a bit time consuming to make because of all the ingredients #not at all like the old, trusted Quaker Oats recipe I have been using for years that takes minutes to throw together#, BUT it was one of the best tasting meatloafs I have ever eaten!
The Salmon Burger recipe was easy to put together and since sockeye salmon is on sale right now in my area and I have a freezer full, I was thrilled to try this recipe. Excellent!
Way back in the day, the Betty Crocker Cookbooks were great for beginning cooks because they went into so much detail as to what to buy and what to use, etc. Well, fast forward 50 years to this cookbook and wow - even someone my age who has been cooking and baking a long time, can learn and utilize new tricks to make a recipe tastier and faster.
There are no calorie/carb/sodium counts., etc for the recipes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have made 9 recipes from this book so far and every one of them has been a hit. I love that the book is separated into sections based on different ways to make a meal ahead of... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Allyson
Not very helpful on time saving. Most of the prep times are very long, as are the finishing times. If I'm looking for a way to prep a meal ahead to cook for dinner when I get home... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Tammy Wood
LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook! FANTASTIC RECIPES and love how they have freezer meals you can prepare, go grocery shopping and get 3 meals from a set of 3 recipes. Read morePublished 28 days ago by MAPA93
I love the different chapters that offer multiple ways to plan ahead, whether it's freezing, partially cooking, or crockpots. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peggy Dotson
Expecting a baby, we really plumbed the "Bake and Serve" chapter for casseroles to reheat when baby arrived. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dandykins
I love this cookbook. I have many Americas test kitchen books and this is one of my favorites. I recently had a baby and used the freezer section in the book to make freezer meals... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MarMar
I'm a big fan of Americas Test Kitchen and I have a good number of their cook books. This one was a total waste. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Cantor