102 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2007
I made my first set of meals a couple weeks ago, and I've really enjoyed the benefits of this cooking method. However, I had a lot of trouble with the cookbook. Like a previous poster, there were so many errors in this cookbook. One of the recipes was missing an entire part of the recipe's directions, and I had to improvise. Also, I realized quite quickly that I needed to actually sit down and read every single recipe to make sure that all the ingredients and prep work processes had been recorded properly, because there were many errors there too. Most of the recipes have turned out great, but this book would be so much better if someone had just taken the time to really proof read everything. I plan to make another set of meals in two weeks from now, and I'm definitely going to use the recipes, but make the shopping lists myself, and read all the recipes to carefully record all the prep work involved, plus make sure I'm not going to be stuck with a half-missing recipe!!!
70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2007
This is the second time I have used this book. I chose to do the two-week plan instead of the monthly plan both times. I will say that my family has enjoyed all of the meals, but the book has so many errors it made all the work completely frustrating. You do all of your grocery shopping according to the list, but when it is time for cooking day you will have an extra steak, not enough onions, extra French bread loaf, etc. The list will say you need a certain amount of cooked chicken and certain amount of raw only to find out the amounts were wrong and you end up with too much of one and not enough of the other. I think this would be a great book if it would have been proofed properly. This kind of book just cannot have that many errors. Shame on you for publishing this without proofing!
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2007
I agree completely with T. Shaffer, frustrated cook. I found so many errors & in the recipes & mostly in the shopping list. Buying one extra pound of steak is an expensive error. After I found the first error - I spent hours reviewing the recipes & shopping list to verify everything was correct. It was too time consuming. If ONLY they had had spent a little more time proofing the book before publishing it. I don't recommend this book - it's too much work to correct their errors.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2007
This is such a great book. The author does ALL the organizing for you, so all you have to do is get plenty of rest the night before the big cooking day! It all pays off in huge time dividends throughout the ensuing month, when dinner is a matter of several choices that are ALREADY MADE! I loved it!! This book would've gotten a 5-star rating if it had a spiral binding like the older version. It was MUCH easier to keep open throughout the day of cooking. Still, I have given this book as a gift and the recipient loved it too.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
If you own the first OAMC from 1999 I wouldn't spend the money to get the revised and expanded edition that just came out. What is considered expanded I guess is the chapter on accompaniments. But I'm sure you already have several cookbooks that include side dishes already. One of the side dish "recipes" is crudites which calls for snap peas, jicama sticks, carrot, celery sticks and red pepper strips. Not sure you need another cookbook for such a "recipe".
It also is the exact same verbiage from the 1999 cookbook and 90% of the recipes are the same. The ones eliminated were the ones you could guess wouldn't freeze well; namely the milk based dishes. They have been replaced by other meals in the new cookbook. So if you have the previous version just skip the milk based freezer meals.
Still a good cookbook and Mimi and Mary Beth are the leaders in once a month cooking.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2009
While I really enjoyed doing this and love the idea, my husband has some issues with it, so we are compromising on the number of stars to give the book. We tend to make the same thing over and over and can't ever think of new things with the items we have and so having a menu with a different meal for 30 days seemed really appealing. Plus, we figured that we would save a lot of money by not eating out if we had homemade things ready to go.
We started with the One-Month Entree Plan E. There were many errors but nothing that kept us from creating what seem like a whole host of good dishes. As someone else noted, there was a lot of confusion over cooked chicken and raw chicken and we ended up with wrong amounts of both, but it wasn't a big deal and we were able to work around things like this easily.
What we didn't like was that for the salmon dinner we were told to buy salmon, so we buy this nice fresh salmon to prepare. But then, when we got to the recipe we found that the 'recipe' was just to freeze the salmon and then cook it with lemon, dill and paprika on the day you are going to eat it. If we had realized that we were going to just freeze the salmon without any prep, then we would have just bought some frozen salmon, not a good quality fresh one. This was sort of a surprise with a lot of the recipes, that there wasn't any preparing the meat/chicken on the cooking day, just freezing it and then cooking it on the day we are to eat it. While there isn't anything inherently wrong with this, it just wasn't quite what we expected. With the salmon, we ended up not freezing it and ate it as the first meal.
Also the fact that these recipes were right up our alley is a bad sign! I say that because we love cheese and creamy things and this month was loaded with them. If you are looking for lots of low calorie, healthy foods, then this book will probably not be your thing.
On a positive note, with two of us in the kitchen we were able to cook and clean up in 9 man hours. The recipes are simple and easy to make. It was quite a rush to be assembling so many meals and it was quite addicting to finish one meal and get to the next. We were able to fit ALL the meals in our freezer, getting them out is going to be another matter! We don't have a deep freeze, or a second fridge or anything like that. Luckily we didn't have much in the freezer to begin with, otherwise we would have been in trouble.
We are a family of 4 (2 teeny ones) and so after making the one-month plan, I seriously think we have enough food for something like 6-7 weeks. It feels great to have done it. The cooked recipes all tasted good and we are excited to continue to plow through them all.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2008
Like other reviewers, I, too, found the errors to be extremely frustrating! I'm glad I bought the book to get the concept down, but I'd be more likely to cook the same process, but with my own recipes next time. The concept really has saved me a TON of time and arguments. I am very disappointed in the number of errors...
Also, some of the recipes seemed a little 1950s for my taste--a chicken casserole calling for three cans of condensed soups AND melted butter?! I can feel my arteries clogging already! My fiance has high blood pressure, so we try to watch the sodium, and many of these recipes are swimming in soy sauce, packets of seasoning mix, and garlic salt, things we previously avoided like the plague. (A few were dead-on, though--the Chili Verde is AWESOME, and the Savory Beef is tasty--not something I would normally cook.)
If you do buy this book, proceed with caution. Read all the recipes carefully and compile your own shopping list and prep list. Or better yet, e-mail me, I'll fill you in on the concept, and you can save yourself the frustration by compiling your own recipes.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2007
The concept of this book is great, and the recipes are pretty good. However, in cooking up the recipes for Two-Week Entree Plan B, I discovered a great number of errors: there are several items listed that aren't used (one can chiles, one can pinto beans, a sirloin steak, french bread, etc.) as well as needed ingredients that aren't listed (jalapeno pepper, Italian seasoning, LOTS of soy sauce). Also, the recipe for Chicken Cacciatore is missing the directions for cooking the sauce. I am disappointed that these major errors made it to the final printing. Note: I did not find these kinds of errors in the Two-Week Entree Plan A, and the meals were very tasty.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2008
This book has given me hours each week with my kids that I would otherwise be spending in the kitchen cooking. There is a great variety of recipies and they are nutritious and delicious. I love how this book has both 2-week and 1-month options that make it easy to accomodate your individuals needs. I have really enjoyed reading the table talk section and incorporated many of those questions around my dinner table. This method of cooking has changed my life and the added "bonus" in this book (compared to other books of its type) is the obvious mindful approach of the authors to consider cost, time, convenience, and family. I am grateful that this book has been updated with so many more great ideas!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2008
Once a Month Cooking is saving me from the mealtime stress of the age-old "what's for dinner?" question that happens in my household every day around 5:00 pm. For someone like me who loves details, this book gives recipes that are easy to follow and adapt to your own tastes, menus & great advice on what order to start your once a month or weekly cooking. It has plans for 2 week meal plans & 4 week meal plans - all recipes can easily be switched from plan to plan.
It is great for a beginner OAM Cook and Mary Beth Largerborg & Mimi Wilson will get you cooking in no time!