Mary Purpura, Family Fun Magazine
The 30 Day Gourmet system gets a meal factory going in the kitchen! A great idea whose time has come.
Karen Smith, Amarillo Daily News
A must-have cookbook. Our library copies are literally worn out. This book is extremely popular!
Diana Lehr, Librarian, Plainfield, Indiana
My name is Heather and I purchased your 3rd or 4th 30 Day Gourmet Freezer Cooking Manual several years ago. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for continuing to have an updated website and a member's only section. I STILL use my handy-dandy password to log in and look at recipes and revised recipes. I have used your recipes over and over to keep my freezer stocked with healthy foods. I am always excited when I have a free moment to check the website to see what's new. As a mother of 3 ( a nine year old and six year old twins), your cooking methods have been a God-send for me! Even though I'm back to work now (full-time), I use my free time (ha!) on weekends to keep your fantastic meal ideas going into my freezer. Thank you so much for your dedication and customer service! --
Thanks for writing a book for freezer cooking that really works, I researched a lot and most programs require you follow their list and set menu, at least in the beginning. That would not work for us. My picky eaters have loved all the recipes we have tried so far, especially the Frozen peanut butter bars and the Cheddar Broccoli Soup! I love the no stress nights at dinner time! Thanks again:) --Candace
You wouldn't be tempted to order takeout if there were a hearty chicken stew or lasagna in your freezer, ready for the microwave. So set aside one Sunday per month for a marathon cooking session with a friend. Split the cost of the groceries and crank out 14 freezer meals for your families. Check out The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet. --Good Housekeeping Magazine
Try inviting another working mom to cook with you one weekend. The benefits outstrip the effort, proponents say. Not only do moms avoid the drive-through window, but they don't have to think about what's for dinner. It's waiting for them at home, says Nanci Slagle of Indianapolis, author of The Freezer Cooking Manual. --Working Mother Magazine
From the Publisher
Impossible, you say? Not if you follow the advice of Tara Wohlenhaus and Nanci Slagle. Over the past five years they have created and perfected a near fool-proof way to enjoy healthy, tasty, low-cost, home-cooked, convenient meals every day. Now anyone can do it themselves with the help of the Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet: A Month of Meals Made Easy.
How does it work? Well, in a nut shell, you plan/shop/assemble/freeze/cook/serve/enjoy. Happily, Tara and Nanci walk you through the process one step at a time. Whether you are someone who loves to cook but just doesn't want tohave to do it every day (like Tara) or someone who hates to cook but wants to serve her family great tasting home cooked meals on a regular basis (like Nanci), you can become a 30 Day Gourmet in no time. The front of the manual is filled with basic information, worksheets, and checklists to help with planning, shopping, and preparation. Then there are 100+ pages of recipes that include everything from Lazy Day Lasagna to Parsley Parmesan Chicken, Citrus Marniade for Fish, Pasta with Herb Sauce, Champagne Salad, and Apple Squares. Plus there is advice on how to adapt your own favorite recipes or allow for special dietary needs.
Whether you do as the authors suggest and team up with a cooking buddy to share labor and costs - or go it alone, the recipes hold up well both in the freezer and under picky-eater scrutiny. With a stuffed potato running $1.50 for a half slice at the neighborhood grocery-deli, the Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes from The Freezer Cooking Manual is a a real value at just pennies a portion (adults and kids love 'em). A Sunday brunch quiche without the Sunday morning mess is a guaranteed palate-pleaser, too, and contains fresher ingredients at a fraction of what those "homemade" pour-a-quiche mixes cost.
All the recipes in The Freezer Cooking Manual are multiplied for easy quantity cooking so dishes can be made haead for singles, parents, families or to plan do-it-ahead parties and potlucks. All use common household ingredients. All are guaranteed to save time and money. The book also contains great tips on everything from compatibility with a "cooking friend" to food storage and shopping strategies.
So, if you want the home-cooked flavor without the daily hassles, consider trying this marathon method with the help of Tara and Nanci, who have perfected the way to make all of this not only possible but easy, too. Presented clearly - and with humor - so anyone can do it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.