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The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet: A Month of Meals Made Easy Paperback – March 1, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


Beginners and experienced freezer cooks alike love this book!
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

Are you a van driving/sandwich generation/soccer Mom who feels guilty about serving corn flakes for supper but dreads the pricey (and fatty) trip to the drive-thru? Or are you a 9-to-5er/gym going/meeting attender who is tired of meals grabbed between appointments? Imagine sitting down to a home-cooked meal every night.

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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: 30 Day Gourmet Press; 5th edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966446747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966446746
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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209 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Soozie4Him VINE VOICE on June 14, 2000
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I bought this book a few months ago after a friend recommended it. My friend has a cooking partner and they've been cooking this way for well over a year now. My circumstances do not allow me to spend a whole day cooking meals, but I have used the ideas and recipes in the book to fit our family. Instead of spending a whole day cooking enough dinners for a month, I will make 2 or 3 meals' worth of a recipe when I do cook. I freeze what we don't eat and I've accumulated quite a good supply of meals that are in the freezer.
Tara and Nanci have developed quite a system. There are charts and worksheets that are extremely helpful. This book is not just a book of recipes that freeze well. It's chock-full of information and techniques. Also, 30daygourmet.com is their website and they have message boards (with the authors participating!) and if you own the book, you can see and print out an additional 50 recipes, set up just like the ones in the cookbook!
The ingredients are listed in quantities for one meal, then they do all the math and multiply out what you need for however many meals you want to make.
The recipes are very family-friendly and delicious. No strange ingredients that you would have trouble finding. Everything I've made from the cookbook has been WONDERFUL. I've made the Taco Rice (serve it with cornbread - yummy!), Crispy Baked Chicken, Saucy Oven Pork Chops (recipe from website), Cheeseburger Quiche (also from website), and Cheese-Stuffed Shells.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
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I have been cooking the 30 Day Gourmet way for two years now, and I can't even begin to express the difference it has made in my life! No more stress at 5:00; no more stress when company drops in at the last minute; no more racing around in a panic, trying to make it to the grocery store after work and then throwing something together to feed the hungry family when all I want to do is collapse in exhaustion. I now have all my dinners in the freezer, more quality time with my family in the evenings, and my dinnertime blues have disappeared! My family eats nutritious, home-cooked meals instead of fast food, and we save lots of money! My biggest problem now is deciding which of the delicious meals sitting in my freezer to make for dinner tonight.
This is truly the most organized, easy-to-follow and flexible freezer cooking system on the market. The recipes are good, home-cooking types of recipes without exotic, strange ingredients that kids won't like or that will cost you an arm and a leg to buy. I love the fact that Tara and Nanci have made it so easy for users to adapt many of their own families' favorites to the system so that those recipes can be frozen, too. You absolutely are not limited to cooking just the recipes that they provide.
One of my favorite features is the appendix in the back. There, Tara and Nanci have done an amazing job creating equivalency charts. If that graham cracker crust you're making calls for 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs and you don't know how many graham crackers it will take to make one cup of crumbs, check the equivalency charts. The answer to this and much, much more is there, taking the guesswork out of bulk cooking and eliminating the time and frustration that comes from trying to figure it out yourself.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on January 24, 2000
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What an inspiration this book is! Not only do the authors offer a step-by-step guide to bulk or freezer cooking, but they provide you with the tools to make it work effectively, and even encourage you to have fun while doing it. Written primarily for moms, The Freezer Cooking Manual takes the dreaded chore of planning, shopping, and cooking for your family and turns it into a working system. You know you're going to enjoy a book where the authors confess in the introduction that they are NOT superhuman , but are "fellow strugglers". And you thought you were all alone!
This is not another cookbook, although it does include simple to prepare foods. More importantly, it is full of checklists, food storage tips, recipe worksheets, shopping lists, meal inventory checklists, freeze time chart, and numerous other reusable forms for you to simply your life.
Well organized and streamlined, I recommend using The Freezer Cooking Manual to get and stay organized in the kitchen. I got so inspired that I'm going to try bulk cooking again, and can't wait to see how much spare time I will have in the weeks to come with my family, friends, and myself.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Thorla on January 26, 2000
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This book is the best I have purchased in this catagory. Though my family now consists of just myself and my husband, the recipes were easily adapted for servings for two. After a delightful weekend of cooking, my freezer is now stocked with easy to cook meals, saving me a huge amount of time and money. My husband and I own our own business and a 12 hour day is very common. The recipes are good "home cooking" with out expensive ingredients, but with a good gourmet touch, and with so much variety to choose from, you can't get bored! The hints, the shopping lists, the schedules, and suggestions are all wonderful, and were a help even to an old kitchen pro like myself. And, as if this is not enough, their web site has even more information, helps hints, and is a good, easy to navigate site!
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