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Product Details

  • Series: Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books; 1 edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069624182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696241826
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra Lee is host of two popular shows on Food Network, Sandra's Money Saving Meals and the Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. A New York Times bestselling author and editor in chief of the Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, she is the foremost expert on how to make all areas of home life more beautiful and enjoyable for a fraction of the cost and time. For more information and great recipes, please visit the official Sandra Lee website at www.SandraLee.com.

More About the Author

Sandra Lee has a passion for simple solutions that create dramatic results in all areas of home life. She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows (the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking and Sandra's Money Saving Meals), as well as a New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books. An internationally-acclaimed home and food expert, Sandra has revolutionized the way people think about traditional, time-consuming, "from-scratch" methods. With her trademark 70/30 philosophy, which combines 70% ready-made products with 30% fresh touches, Sandra creates aspirational meals and breathtaking living environments that are affordable and attainable, making her the foremost recognized advocate to every over-extended person.
Sandra's philosophy was born out of necessity and the challenges she faced throughout her childhood. The oldest of five children, Sandra was responsible for caring for her four younger siblings and managing the household. Forced to live on welfare and food stamps, Sandra quickly learned how to turn budget-friendly foods into delicious and special meals for her family while stretching every dollar and every minute.
In 1989, after attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Sandra was faced with her own home decorating dilemma: How to decorate her home with style and flair on a limited budget. She invented a quick, easy way to re-create her home and realized that others could use the same solutions. She invented her own line of patented home, garden and craft products and launched her company in 1993. Sandra quickly became the retailers "go-to-girl" for innovative, smart consumer products, working with Walmart, Target and QVC-USA. The product lines were so successful that she was asked to anchor the on-air launch of the home, garden and craft categories for QVC-United Kingdom and QVC-Germany. This success motivated Sandra to produce one of the first Do-It-Yourself home improvement video series, which sold over a million copies. Her product lines garnered numerous industry awards, including Wallcoverings, Windows & Interior Fashion's "Achiever of the Year" and Profitable Craft Merchandising's "Home Decorating Product of the Year."

Sandra then attended the world's leading culinary art institute, Le Cordon Bleu. She learned how to apply her Semi-Homemade(R) philosophy and savvy shortcuts towards gourmet recipes so that anyone could create and savor delicious dishes at home in less time and at a fraction of the cost. Since then, Sandra has become a New York Times bestselling author and has written sixteen cooking and entertaining books. She has sold more than 3 million books since the fall of 2005 and has been awarded the prestigious, International French Gourmand Award for "Best Easy Cookbook". In fall 2009, Sandra will release three new books: Easy Weeknight Wonders, Money Saving Slow Cooking and Cocktail Time.

Semi-Homemade(R) moved seamlessly from books to television, radio and the Internet. In 2003, her Food Network TV series, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, debuted as one of the highest-rated show launches in the network's history and celebrated its 200th episode in 2008. Nominated for numerous Daytime Emmy's, Semi-Homemade Cooking remains a top performing program. Sandra has also hosted ten one-hour primetime specials. Her personal story was documented by Food Network's Chefography to rave reviews and high ratings, and her memoir, Made From Scratch, was a Barnes & Noble bestseller. In May 2009, Sandra launched a second Food Network series, Sandra's Money Saving Meals, which will save viewers an average of 39% - 50% on every grocery store bill. In fall 2009, Sandra will become the first cross-over talent on the Scripps Network, with HGTV's Sandra Lee Celebrates.

Sandra was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for her involvement with many charitable and philanthropic organizations, as well as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for contributions made to society. Sandra is the national spokesperson for Share our Strength's Great American Bake Sale and Operation Frontline, two groundbreaking programs focused on ending childhood hunger in America. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and has served on the board of directors of Children's Hospital. Sandra is a generous supporter of God's Love We Deliver, Project Angel Food and the Central Park Conservancy. She was the celebrity chef for DineOut LA in 2008 and GoEat LA in 2009, raising funds for Aid for Aids International (AFAI). She participates in Harvard Business School's annual Woman's Entrepreneurial Conference and is a lecturer at Yale University's School of Management.

Sandra's passion and enthusiasm is contagious. Her attainable, couture-styled, approach allows her the privilege of being a frequent guest expert for many national TV shows including Good Morning America, Today, Weekend Today, Fox News Channel, Ellen, and Tyra, among others. She is a bankable personality having appeared as the cover celebrity on many national magazines including Ladies Home Journal, Redbook and TV Guide.

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Recipes are easy to follow and taste good too.
Juliette Becton
This book is a compilation of her favorites in one book.
kiwanissandy
Great pictures accompany easy to follow recipes.
Jennifer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
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This cookbook is 300 of Sandra Lee's favorite recipes that she considers worthy of being called "family meals." Typically that means they're kid friendly, and family and friends are welcome.

The chapters included are "quick weekend meals," "one dish wonders," "all-american favorites," "grilling greats," and "holiday parties," just to name a few.

If you have her other cookbooks then you have these recipes. This book is a compilation of her favorites in one book. These recipes are all geared for family-friendly meals. The BBQ sauce #7 is in this cookbook as well as her semi-homemade grilling 2 cookbook. It also includes the best of the slow cooker, desserts, and gatherings, etc. All great recipes grouped in one book.

The pictures and display are just wonderful, typical Sandra Lee fare. She has a section devoted to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. This makes a great menu for parties you know would suit children as well as adults. Drink recipes are included.

This would make a great wedding gift for the new bride because it includes the "best" recipes from her many different genre of cookbooks. It's a well-rounded cookbook.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on January 9, 2009
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Sandra Lee teaches us how to use her 70/30 philosophy: Mix 70% quality prepackaged foods with 30% fresh ingredients and a dash of your own creativity to fix meals that are 100% delicious. All of the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store and require little prep time. No fancy gadgets to cook with. A stove and a slow cooker are about all she uses. Chapters include; Comfort Food, One-Dish Dinners, Grilling Greats, Slow Cooker, Around the World and many, many more. Great pictures accompany easy to follow recipes. Fun and tasty cookbook. This will be your favorite the minute you try any of her recipes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Sause on December 29, 2008
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Contains a lot of quick easy recipes. If you are like me, I don't really like to cook but have a family to take care of, you'll love this book. I don't necessarily suggest that you use it everyday because of the amount of pre-packaged (high sodium / fat) items called for. However, it is a nice change from my boring everyday fare and takeout.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Violet on November 29, 2008
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I'm a collector of all her books. This is a great addition to the ones I already have. I like the fact that her recipes are easy and use items you can easily find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Parmer on December 9, 2009
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Great cook book. Easy recipes and good slow cooker recipes too. mm mm
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linny Lou on January 18, 2009
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I gave this cookbook as a Christmas gift to a very novice cook. The recipient loved it's easy format and the terrific photos! The recipes were easy to prepare and resulted in success. We want to try others in this series as well.
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By Juliette Becton on January 13, 2014
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Never bought a Sandra Lee book I didn't love. Great ideas, beautiful pictures and worthwhile information and tips. Recipes are easy to follow and taste good too.
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By ALRH on September 20, 2013
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Sandra is my favorite TV chef, I love her simple, easy but good recipes. This is my first cookbook from her but it will not be my last. Next I plan to get her slow cooker book of recipes.
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