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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312578113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312578114
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Creative, healthy, unprocessed and kid-friendly without being adult-alienating….a whole new kind of happy meal.”
--O, The Oprah Magazine on The Six O'Clock Scramble
 
"You CAN find time to cook. Ordering in too often? [Try this] easy, yummy, gotta-try alternative."--
Reader's Digest

About the Author

Aviva Goldfarb is a mother of two and the author and founder of The Six O'Clock Scramble®, www.thescramble.com, an online weekly menu planner and cookbook (St. Martin's Press, 2006), and is author of the cookbook, SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families (St. Martin's Press, 2010).


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Author - SOS! THE SIX O'CLOCK SCRAMBLE TO THE RESCUE; Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families and
THE SIX O'CLOCK SCRAMBLE COOKBOOK

Founder - The Six O'Clock Scramble Weekly Menu Planning Service (www.TheScramble.com)

Like many busy moms, Aviva Goldfarb struggled to put a nutritious dinner on the table for her family amidst the chaos of daily life. Going back to the weekly meal planning strategy her mother used, in 2003 Aviva developed a system that helps parents take the Scramble out of the dinner hour by giving them an easy, online meal planning and grocery shopping system, along with fail-proof recipes.

The Six O'Clock Scramble (www.thescramble.com) is an online service that takes the stress out of daily dinners for busy families. Each week, members receive a suggested seasonal meal plan with five days' worth of dinner recipes, side dishes, and an organized grocery list. Aviva develops quick-to-prepare meals that are creative, healthy, unprocessed and kid-friendly without being adult-alienating. This weekly meal plan can be customized in seconds based on families' tastes, schedules and dietary needs.

Aviva's Six O'Clock Scramble Cookbook debuted in 2006 to national acclaim. Both the cookbook and online meal planning service won praise from reviewers at O Magazine, Working Mother, USA Today, Real Simple and The Washington Post, among many others.

Debuting in April 2010, Aviva's latest cookbook SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families combines her expertise in weekly dinnertime meal planning with her concern for the environment. In addition to more than 300 recipes, the book addresses how families can make their meals more environmentally-friendly, including buying seasonally; reducing one's carbon footprint with vegetable-based meals; differentiating when organic matters and offering tips for avoiding food waste.

Aviva is frequently quoted in national parenting, lifestyle and health magazines and appears regularly on television to discuss healthful recipes and meal strategies for busy families. She is an advocate for healthy families, actively working with national nonprofit organizations and with parents to improve nutrition.

Aviva is a mother of two and resides with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a Washington, DC suburb.

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Her recipes are easy and delicious.
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I also love all of the extra helpful tips that are scattered throughout the book.
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I love, love the Six O'Clock Scramble!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been cooking with Aviva's first Scramble cookbook for two years now and my whole family has enjoyed her recipes.

When I saw she had a new cookbook out, I requested it immediately but was a bit unsure whether it would live up to the first one. I should not have worried - I think this one is even better! There were so many recipes I loved that I have too many pages to dog-ear, and I anticipate this being used weekly in our home for a long time.

Best improvements:
1. Better organization - While still categorized by seasons (which I find extremely helpful), now the fish/meat/pasta recipes are put together so that you can easily select from the right style of meal. At the beginning of each 'season' every recipe is indexed by page number so you can easily flip right to it.
2. Side dish recipes are now included in each recipe, instead of having to flip to the back of the book
3. Very helpful side-bar articles and tips (and very up to date - including the issue of BPA in canned goods, composting tips, and lunch/snack ideas)
4. Really good recipes! There is great variety in here with a focus on lots of fruits/vegetables and interesting spices. Nothing bland or boring.

I highly recommend this cookbook!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Reader on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an unbelievably good cookbook. First, the organization is great- everything you need for a dinner is laid out together; the side dish suggestions are great & recipes are on the same page; the weekly menus are helpfully grouped with the related recipes. More importantly, the recipes are written in a clear and easy to follow style- and they cook up as promised. And, critically, the recipes are so successful that we have already adopted several as household staples- and we're still in the first couple weeks of using the cookbook.

The only, relatively minor, caveat is that Ms. Goldfarb's children are clearly better at eating certain foods than mine are. I would love for them to cheerfully eat a black bean salad, but alas they have not yet seen the light. But I live in hope, and in the meantime, I can make it & eat it myself.

I have quite a lot of cookbooks, and have given away even more, because the recipes didn't live up to the book around them. This one is a keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa, Patrick and Family VINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
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I really enjoy The Six O'Clock Scramble cookbooks. This latest one incorporates healthy, tasty recipes with keeping our earth clean and healthy. I enjoy being in the kitchen and cooking meals for my kids and my husband that I know will nourish them and will tread lightly on our planet, as well. Truly the best part is that these meals can be ready quickly... when the natives are hungry - they don't want to wait. Some days we don't get home until dinner time - so I'm tempted to just order pizza or run to Taco Bell before we get home.... But I know it's not good for anyone to do that. So I am so happy that I have an alternative. SOS helps me get healthy food into the family in just minutes. I highly recommend SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue. Your family with thank you :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ElizabethH on September 1, 2011
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I saw the title one day and bought the book version of this for my sister as it sounded like an extremely useful book for a mother of four children under the age of 5. She loved it so much that she gave it to me as a gift and my own first-hand experience with the book has led me to gift it to other friends. I give the paperback edition 5 STARS. I live part of the year in the US and the other part of the year in Europe. I thought I'd try the Kindle version of this book to avoid having to lug yet another book with me overseas. How disappointing! No table of contents, no index, the clean organization of the book is lost in the Kindle version where you either have to know the page that you'd like to go to already, search it, or scroll through the whole book to find it. I use this book so often with such good results that my husband often asks me: "Is this another recipe from the miracle book?" What a shame that it will be much more complicated to use in the Kindle version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill L. Shriner on December 20, 2010
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I'm someone who finds it terrifically challenging to keep my family fed. I enjoy cooking when I have all day to wander a farmer's market and prepare some snazzy recipe, which happens exactly NEVER anymore. Time constraints combined with my concerns about our health, the environment and our finances have made cooking dinner into an opportunity for an anxiety attack.

Before I opened this book, I never considered the fact that cookbooks aren't generally written for busy moms (duh). These recipes have short ingredient lists and prep times, plus they're yummy and healthy and arranged by season. Such a relief. There are weekly menu suggestions. Corresponding shopping lists are even available on the website.

I haven't tried it yet, but you can also get a subscription to weekly meal plans, recipes and shopping lists through her website.

Seriously, it's genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise on May 10, 2010
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I have been a Six O'Clock Scramble subscriber for years. Aviva's recipes are family-friendly, healthy, and easy to prepare. The focus in this latest book on creating earth-friendly meals is a welcome help. All suggestions are do-able, not extreme in any way. Our family has enjoyed, among other recipes, the Lemon-Parmesan Fusilli, Melted Sweet Potato Quesadillas, Chicken Parmesan with Garden Herbs, and Baked Risotto with Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms. Yum!
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