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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736938370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736938372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today's Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four teenagers and young adults.

More About the Author

Kathi Lipp is a full-time speaker and writer as well as being the parent of four young adults with her husband, Roger in San Jose, CA. When she is not doing laundry, she is speaking at retreats, conferences and women's events across the US.

Kathi's articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Today's Christian Woman and Christian Parenting Today. Her books, The Husband Project, The Marriage Project, The Me Project, The "What's for Dinner?" Solution, The Get Yourself Organized Solution and 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids are all published by Harvest House and now Praying God's Word for Your Husband has been released by Revell. Find out more about Kathi at http://www.kathilipp.com

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Throughout the book are fun quotes, humorous stories, many tips and yummy recipes!
T. Richards
She has a very straight forward way of writing and the book is short and easily read in one or two sittings, or by chapter.
Holly
Playing music, cooking with others, or shopping at a farmers market are some ideas Kathi gives.
Tammy Cook

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Cook on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The goal of this book is to have the reader, and I quote the author:

- Plan your meals for a month, and then eat (most of) them at home.
- Get out of your cooking ruts and put all your tools to work.
- Have a kitchen that works for you.
- Have some fun along the way.

This book has so much information on how to get a meal on the table. The author, Kathi Lipp, shows what works for her but suggests ways that may work for the reader too. It starts with getting recipes and organizing them. The author gives ideas of how to organize your kitchen. She offers suggestions of how to make your kitchen more efficient and enjoyable to work in. You will learn that a well stocked pantry can be a life saver. Best of all, for me, she gives lots of good recipes.

Kathi suggests going shopping for food once a week. I personally go shopping every 4 - 6 weeks. Every week we do buy bread and milk but everything else is bought every 4 - 6 weeks. This does take careful planning - making out a menu, buying everything needed for the menu, and actually using the menu. All this is covered in the book. I set my menu up so all the vegetables that will perish by the first few weeks will be used before they are no good.

Kathi gives many ways of cooking the meals that she helped the reader get ready to make:

Freezer cooking - making many meals at once and freezing them. I did this once. It was a lot of work. It took me two days to cook a month worth of meals. The stocked freezer was well worth it.

Slow Cooker - many people forget about using theirs

Left Overs On Purpose Meals - making a meal within a meal.

Pantry Meals - everything for a meal on hand.

Fast Food At Home - quick, homemade meals.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lavish Bookshelf on January 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm impressed with Kathi Lipp's book, What's for Dinner. Ms. Lipp isn't trying to make me LOVE cooking. Her book doesn't try to convince me to keep on-hand things such as capers. Her plan is straight-forward and simple.

The goal of What's for Dinner is to get you to organize your kitchen and your menu planning into a streamlined system that works for you and your family. A few recipes are included in this book, however this is definitely not a cookbook.

At first glance all of the planning and organizing in this book seem like a lot of work. If your kitchen is like mine, it probably will be a lot of work. From getting a handle on that recipe box to planning a week/month worth of meals at a time, the ideas in this book might take some adjusting.

I can see the genius of Kathi Lipp's plan, though. It's simple. It's a working system that is tailored for your home and just might be the answer if you panic every time someone asks, "What's for Dinner?".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on January 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
The "WHAT'S FOR DINNER?" Solution
Quick, easy, affordable meals your family will love
Kathi Lipp © 2011
Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 978-0-7369-4209-6
197 pp. plus index of recipes (ppbk)
Also available as e-book

In her usual friendly style, Kathi Lipp narrates her discoveries about making kitchen tasks and family dining essentially problem free. She relates ways to prevent a last minute panic that results in expensive take-outs and fast-food meals. Her methods and recipes will especially appeal to young homemakers and mothers.

This author explains bulk buying and cooking so that doesn't sound like hard work. She encourages freezer meals and using a slow-cooker. She removes the drudgery of advance planning. Her uses of left-overs will help control food budgets.

A few recipes are a bit high in fats and I'd prefer more veggies each meal, but for busy women this book will be most welcome. The "What's for Dinner Solution" can also be a great gift to newer cooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cafe Lily on October 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for anyone who is frazzled at dinnertime. Personally, I am worn out trying to come up with new and exciting dishes night after night.

After eating ham and cheese sandwiches every single night, on her own for the first time, Kathi Lipp needed some culinary skills - and quick! Starting out with a simple Mennonite cookbook, Kathi became hooked on collecting recipes and from her years of trial and error, The "What's for Dinner?" Solution was born.

The thing I noticed right away is that if you are NOT an organized planner, you may have some issues with this book. Kathi is a huge advocate of planning out meals so if that is not your cup of tea, these ideas may not work well for you.

However, if the thought of having 31 meals planned out and saving time and money appeals to you - this book is the answer you've been looking for. And you can work your way up using Kathi's ideas...start out planning 3 meals, then work up to 7 meals and so forth. Kathi shows you how to organize your kitchen, cut expenses at the grocery store, find and organize your recipes and even make use of the slow cooker you're terrified of!

You will feel like a cooking ninja by the end of this book, even if you only implement a few of Kathi's ideas! Kathi also includes some of her favorite tried and true recipes for you to get started with. I highly recommend this book for anyone you know who can use a little inspiration in the kitchen.
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