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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: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 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: #381,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

“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.

Customer Reviews

Her recipes are easy and delicious.
wookyluvr
I also love all of the extra helpful tips that are scattered throughout the book.
Erik and Diana
I love, love the Six O'Clock Scramble!
M. Kwiatkowski

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 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa, Patrick and Family VINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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 R. Yang on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've subscribed to The Six O'Clock Scramble for years now, and at first I wondered whether the cookbook would prove useful given our subscription to the service. The answer is: DEFINITELY! The cookbook arrived this past week and I am already thrilled. From the list of what fruits and veggies tend to be in season, to the organization of the recipes by season and type, to the mini-articles with helpful hints, it is already worth every cent. We tried a new (to us) recipe out of the book tonight for dinner, and it was out of this world (Empanadas - p32).

Even if there is no "scramble" to get dinner ready in your house, or even if your family consists of just you, this cookbook is highly useful. There is no gambling on these recipes - the noted time to prepare is right on, nutritional info is right next to the recipe, and unlike most cookbooks, there is an exceptionally high rate of truly excellent, and generally company-ready recipes. Each recipe is accompanied by good side dish ideas too. All of this makes meal planning and execution a snap.

Many thanks to Ms. Goldfarb and her family!
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