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The Once-a-Week Cooking Plan: The Incredible Cooking Program That Will Save You 10 to 20 Hours a Week (and Have Your Family Begging for More!) Paperback – October 13, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761517731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761517733
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enjoy 7 Nights of Delicious Meals by Cooking Just Once a Week!

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Enjoy 7 Nights of Delicious Meals by Cooking Just Once a Week!
How would you like to spend less time in the kitchen, but still prepare great meals for your family?and save money at the same time? After a long, hard day at work, you probably have little energy left to go home and cook a meal. Yet, you don't want to depend on fast food for your family either. In The Once-a-Week Cooking Plan, award-winning cook Joni Hilton shows you how to save time and money. Inside, you'll learn how to create seven days' worth of delicious, easy dishes for families of four to six?by cooking only once a week. For example, using chicken as the base, you can create these culinary delights:
·Tuscany Chicken Soup
·Pacific Rim Chicken Salad
·Madadamia-Crusted Chicken with Ginger Aioli
·Mexican Chicken Lasagna
·Pesto Pepper Chicken Pizza
·Chicken Papaya Quesadillas
This streamlined cooking method also allows you to shop just once a week, instead of popping into the grocery store whenever you remember you need something. With her fail-proof system of bulk preparation, freezing, organizing, and ways of getting kids into the act, Joni Hilton shows you how to save 10 to 20 hours of precious time each week?time better spent doing what you really want to do, rather than slaving over a hot stove.

More About the Author

Did you know Hilton is also Your YouTube Mom? You can find dozens of her short videos, teaching housekeeping tips life skills to the Generation Y crowd, at bit.ly/15wMi8V.

Her comedy blog can be found at jonihilton.blogspot.com. It's called Joniopolis and also includes sections on cooking and writing.

Joni Hilton has written five award-winning plays, is the author of 20 books, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Professional Writing from USC. She also has sold more than 100 articles to national magazines.

When she was seven, her mother dragged her to the doctor to find out why she spent all her time in a closet, writing. The doctor talked to Joni for a few minutes, then told her mother, "She's a writer. Leave her alone."

Hilton hosted a daily TV talk show in Los Angeles for four years, is still a TV spokeswoman across the U.S. for various corporations, and is highly in demand as a public speaker. Visit her website, jonihilton.com, for more information. You can also find Joni on Twitter: @JoniHilton.

Be sure to listen to THE JONI HILTON SHOW, streaming live at blogtalk.com/jonihilton every Thursday at 2 pm PST. Speak with Joni directly on this call-in advice show.

One of her comedy plays, "Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat?" has just been accepted for publication by ArtAge. Her comedy, "Gifted," will be performed at the American Globe Theatre in Times Square, Manhattan, this Spring.

Award-winning "In Bed With Chuck and Lois" will be performed January 18-19, 2013, at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert.

Her comedy, "The Christmas Triple Whammy" was just performed in Queens, New York.


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Loved this book and have given it as a gift.
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Oddly, my desperation macaroni with crab and tomato tasted better than the crab and tomato quiche.
Kathy
You could break up the sessions in several parts to make it more manageable.
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book purports to help you save time and money in the kitchen while enjoying a variety of foods. You may save some time following the processes outlined here, but you definitely won't save money. It is definitely NOT for the home cook who is on a budget.
The author gives several weeks worth of recipes for you to cook once and eat all week. Unfortunately, most of the weeks use the same ingredients over and over (and over). For example, there is fish week and out of the 5 menus given, salmon is the main dish in 3.
This book will also NOT help you save money--there is steak week where you are supposed to purchase *13* rib-eye steaks. (Hey--if I could afford to buy 13 steaks at once, I could also probably afford to pay someone to cook for me!)
Most of the other freeze-ahead cookbooks I have seen have practical advice on saving money and time at the grocery store. This book relies too heavily on expensive prepared ingredients (the author recommends buying pre-cooked chicken, for example, to save even more time). I can't recommend this for anyone trying to save money.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Forrest on May 15, 2001
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I have looked at a lot of cook-ahead cookbooks and chose this one because the recipes looked like something my family would actually eat. I was right - they are "normal" enough for my taco and hamburger loving children and tasty enough for my braised lamb shanks and grilled duck breast loving husband. I would agree with other reviewers, that if you are looking for budget do-ahead cooking, this is probably not the book for you. However, if you want to save time and have a realaxed dinner hour then I think this is a good choice. I have always balked at the once-a-month cookbooks because I can't imagine spending the 12 to 14 hours in the kitchen that kind of cooking would take, not to mention the kind of freezer space it would require. This seems like a great compromise and I have been pleased with the outcome.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2002
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Love this book! Tried the ground beef mix and all the recipes for Week One so far, and they're all winners. My husband is still raving about the Peaches and Cream Stuffed Pork Chops! It took about 5-6 hours to cook one week's worth the first time, but I think I'll get faster after I get the hang of marathon cooking. Since I still do "regular" cooking some nights, one week's worth of Joni's recipes will probably stretch over 2-3 weeks for our two-person household. What a luxury to have delicious, restaurant-quality meals ready in your freezer when you are short of time. Joni includes directions for reheating whether you remembered to thaw in advance or not - that's really handy when your plans change at the last minute. Joni, if you're reading this - hope you'll come out with another cookbook soon - I'll be looking for it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on March 10, 2001
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So far, I have been pleased with the poultry mix and seafood mix ideas. (The book also features a ground beef mix.) It is worth spending time on the weekend to set up 4 dinners/mix when time is scarce, and there is a nice variety of recipes for each mix.
However, although we liked the seafood quiche, the directions produced much more volume than my pie pan could hold, and I stayed up late that night preparing macaroni to use the remaining mix. Oddly, my desperation macaroni with crab and tomato tasted better than the crab and tomato quiche. At least I had 3 meals from that experience.
The poultry mix resembled chicken salad, but my husband was very impressed with the casserole he threw in the oven on a night with a tight schedule.
The weekly menus in the rest of the book seemed less useful. I can't imagine planning a week of chicken every night.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2000
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Loved this book and have given it as a gift. My friends, a couple who are both engineers with their own firm, found it to be the answer. Too many times after a long day they would dine out because it was just too much trouble to go home and cook a good meal and they wanted to relax over dinner. They cook on the weekends now and they say the recipes are delicious and not a bite was wasted. They will freeze smaller portions now because recipes are large. This book fills the bill for people who love to cook but have busy lives and would like to eat delicious meals at home more often. It doesn't pretend to be a way to save money although the items are generally easy to find and grouping the menus as the author has does make efficient use of time and ingredients considering the terrific meals produced. Not for everyone but an outstanding book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bardsley on November 12, 2005
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I have been using this cook book for over two years and love it. Most of her recipes are really delicious, although I have never made any of the fish dishes. Sometimes I follow her instructions exactly and cook a week's worth of dinners in foru hours, other days I'll just double a recipe and put the extra meal in the freezer for later. Yes, as some reviewers have pointed out the author does call for a lot of expensive meats like rib eye steak. But I've found that you never need as much meat as she specifies. Instead of buying 12 rib eye steaks for a weeks worth of meals for example, I'll just buy five. That amount suits my husband and I just fine. All in all, this cookbook offers tasty, creative recipes that move beyond the traditional chili, spaghetti sauce and casserole dishes that many freezer cooking programs rely on.
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