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Once-A-Month Cooking: A Proven System for Spending Less Time in the Kitchen and Enjoying Delicious, Homemade Meals Everyday Paperback – February 15, 2001

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In this homemaker's equivalent to The One-Minute Manager, the authors set out a system whereby a month's worth of family dinners can be cooked and frozen in one day, ready to microwave or reheat in a conventional oven whenever needed. Their step-by-step advice on assembling a shopping list, consolidating tasks such as chopping vegetables, grating cheese, browning meat, etc., undoubtedly saves time in making the stews, casseroles, chili and ham loaves with which they illustrate their points. But then the reader has side dishes to consider, as well as the inconvenience of flipping back and forth between what are essentially ho-hum recipes. All in all, this is an unimaginative parry at kitchen efficiency. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections.
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Mary Beth Lagerborg is the author or coauthor of several books, including Once-a-Month Cooking and Beyond Macaroni and Cheese. Mary Beth lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband, Alex, and has three grown sons. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Spi edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805418350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805418354
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
I bought this book a year ago because with two teenagers and a newborn, I just couldn't get dinner on the table at a decent hour and was too pooped to clean up after it got there. This book has been an abolute lifesaver. Too many books tell you to get organized and use a meal plan--but let's face it; if I had time to sit around planning meals, I'd have time to cook in the first place. This book does it all for you. Shopping lists, meal plans, step by step directions for cooking day so that at the end, you've got 14 to 30 meals just by following their directions. And the recipes are delicious--I serve them to company all the time and no one knows that I didn't just spend hours in the kitchen. At the end, clean up is a snap when I throw away the ziploc bag or aluminum pan (which the teenagers love). I'll never go back to cooking one meal at the time!! I only regret that it isn't in print now. Please tell me there will either be a reprint or new edition because about 5 of my friends are waiting for copies.
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241 of 261 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on January 15, 2002
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I love the idea of "once a month cooking" and ordered this book with high hopes. I have to say that it is something of a dissappointment. There IS some useful info in the book [how to prepare for cooking day & freezing tips, etc], but it could all be contained in a 10 page booklet, easily. [Not worth [price]by any stretch of the imagination].
The book begins with a short intro explaining the theory behind OAMC that is pretty helpful and then moves into the "menu cycles", which are highly repetitive [to the extreme]. [The book includes 3 two week cycles and 2 one month cycles]. You get the same "preparation" pages before each cycle, and many of the recipes are repeated two and three times.
The recipes themselves are a problem - most of them are loaded with fat and rely heavily on prepackaged "convenience foods" to cook [ie: velveeta cheese, canned soup, refrigerated biscuit dough, roll dough, pizza dough, jarred salsa, etc] . There is one two week "low fat" cycle included, but even that relies heavily on the convenience foods and most of them don't look very healthy to me. [many of them just substitute "low fat" or "fat free" convenience foods for the regular stuff].
For anyone who would like to have a more healthful diet or who would prefer to cook "real" food from scratch, the recipes are useless.
I am glad I bought this book just in that I now understand the theory and can use it to adapt my own recipes to a 2 week or 30 day cycle, but I really can't recommend that anyone buy this book - check it out of your library and take what is useful to you. It really isn't worth the price. [Or, search on the internet - you could probably find more useful information on OAMC that way for free without even leaving your home].
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By SEEFLINT@AOL.COM on June 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this book quite by accident at my public library. Since I have a busy family of 5 kids and homeschool 3 of them, I am always looking for ways to save time.
By following the shopping list, and using my coupons and club cards I saved over $102.00 on my grocery bill! The fact that everything is made in advance means no more last minute trips to the store for one or two things and walking out having spent valuable time in line and an extra $75.00. Now I just run to the dairy for fresh milk and eggs once or twice a week and that's it.
The first time I tried the recipes my daughters helped out in the kitchen and it turned into a fun learning experience and quality family time.
The recipes are easy to follow and well thought out. I didn't have to add anything at all to spice up the flavor.
Most importantly, the kids are hooked to, since they are responsible for kitchen cleanup. There are fewer nightly dishes. No more fighting over who has to scrub the pans.
Our favorites so far are the Pizza Rollups, Chicken Cacciatore, London Broil, and Split Pea Soup.
Once you get hooked, by the CD-Rom version too. There you can modify the quantity based on the number of people you are serving, as well as add your own favorite family recipes.
Now you can have delicious home-cooked meals everynight of the week with much less expense, less time and lower calories. Enjoy!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Wallace on October 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am not a fan of cooking at all and I have a friend I used to work with who mentioned the idea of cooking ahead to me a few years ago. I stumbled across the book on and I thought I would check it out from the library to "test" it first - I did not believe that any book would make my life easier. I have two children two and under and my husband is taking night classes - life is very hectic and dinner was always the hardest time of day because everyone is tired, the children are cranky, decisions have to be made about what to make, perhaps I then had to go to the store (as you can see we are not the plan ahead types!) This book has changed our lives! I love that someone else has mapped out for me what to buy, prepare, cook and freeze! It is still a challenge to find time to cook ahead, and generally I have to split up my cooking time - because "no interruptions" doesn't occur for moms. I feel so proud of my planning and my cooking. The recipes are easy to follow and they are good, wholesome, non-exotic(you can actually find all the ingredients at your local grocery store!) meals that my family likes. My skepticism is gone and I am buying the book today - my library copy has been returned! This will have a permanent place in my kitchen. Make life easier for yourself. Let this book make dinner decisions for you.
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