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About the Author

Rachael Ray is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. She is the host of the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, as well as the Cooking Channel’s and the Food Network’s Week in a Day. She is also the star of the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray; founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray; and founder of the Yum-o! organization.

 

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Week in a Day

WEEK 01

FROM A

TACO

TO MOROCCO

GLOBE-SPANNING COMFORT FOOD, ALL MADE AT HOME, AND IN JUST ONE DAY

DISH

1

BRAISED PORK TACOS

DISH

2

CRAB CAKE MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

DISH

3

MOROCCAN MEAT LOAF WITH LEMON-HONEY GRAVY

DISH

4

RATATOUILLE WITH POACHED EGGS & GARLIC CROUTONS

DISH

5

PORK RAGU
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145165975X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451659757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin on October 22, 2013
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Here's the good news. Rachel Ray is one of the most talented recipe creators around. This book is no exception. The food here looks and reads delicious. The book is also beautifully illustrated with photographs of completed meals. The food, as advertised, is mostly "make ahead."

So why only three stars?

With a title like Week in a Day I was expecting a week of recipes that used many of the same ingredients and were easy for a busy home cook shop for and put together easily. This book, which contains a list of cooking days, each with a list of five recipes might better be titled "Week in a Very Long Day." Even very experienced cooks, used to cooking ahead will find a Sunday spent cooking these recipes all together, very long. Most weeks contain just a few recipes that truly help one another. For example, Week 1 starts out with pork tacos and ends with pork ragu. Okay that works. But in the middle come Crab Cake Mac and Cheese, meatloaf and a ratatouille, all of which use different proteins, many ingredients which don't overlap and require different timing. And don't get me started on the clean-up. I'm exhausted just thinking about it as no effort is made to consolidate.

Most cookbooks with a make-it-in-one-day title, contain strategies for organizing a day of cooking, such as chopping onions for three recipes at the same time, or even sautéing them together. This book contains no such strategies and it's not clear why the reader should want to make them during the same week.

The book also lacks shopping lists. The cheery introduction lists "Make a shopping list" in the READ ME FIRST! Section. Is this the same cook who gave us ingenious 3 in 1 recipes? The one who wrote the fantastic No Repeats book?
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I have been waiting months for Rachael Ray's Week in a Day to come out. The idea is that one spends a day cooking (a Cook Day) to be rewarded with 5 delicious meals for the week ahead. It sounds terrific to this working mom of two tiny children but in actuality, the book doesn't deliver as well as I hoped.

The book is divided into 43 weeks of 5 dish menus. Each week has its own theme: five fiesta favorites; meatlover's lane; a chicken in every pot; hearty classics, Thanksgiving anytime, etc. After that comes 4 foundation recipes (poached chicken, parmigiano-herb stock, roasted tomatoes, and pulled pork) that you use frequently. Then the final section is 1 Grocery Bag, 3 Meals in which you are given 8 grocery lists that promise three hearty meals utilizing only one sack of groceries.

Don't get me wrong. I think the food is delicious and hearty. I cook everything from Food Network classics to Thomas Keller. I think Ray's food has improved steadily over the years and does deliver. The problem? I can't imagine utilizing many of these menus on a Cook Day to deliver meals later in the week. The recipes all have a common theme but most of the time that theme means cooking lots of different proteins and utilizing new ingredients with each dish. It isn't cost-effective and goodness knows, I don't own enough pots, pans, and kitchen implements to make all five recipes in a day. Ray says she frequently spends a good 5-6 hours cooking up a week's worth of meals. I can't see myself making 5 of most recipes in these menus in under 5-6 hours. The interruption of cleanup between recipes would make it an all day ordeal.

I fully realize you have to spend some time in the kitchen to make good food, and her recipes are good.
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Some of these recipes are very good. However, that does not balance out what this is as a cookbook, which is pretty much a failure. People buy cookbooks according to their expectations from title and blurb. The expectations for this cookbook is that you cook one day a week in order to be able to put together near-instant meals for a week. Now, what do you think of when you think of "one day"? A few hours? Even 8 hours? Apparently Ms. Ray takes "one day" more literally. Such as all 24 hours. I had assumed there would be a theme in each week, meaning, one or two proteins that woud serve as bases for all 7 meals. No such luck. Almost every one of the meals is completely different. And what about the usual Rachel Ray shopping lists? No such luck. (I have a feeling she knew that if she did list the ingredients for a week, it would be very clear that the book's premise was a near impossible task.) The clean-up alone after each dish takes a good while. I have a feeling she got mixed up and meant it takes a week to make one day's food.

I am baffled that there are 43 weeks in this book, a very odd, random number. Last I looked, there were 52 weeks in a year. Did she run out of recipes? How can that be when she has written 365 day cookbooks? It would have been a nice touch to include the other 9 weeks.

I also was furious to find out that one is supposed to use their smart phone to scan the tags to get additional recipes. I bought the book. Please include all of the recipes. I do not have a smart phone. I attempted to look them up on her site. It is very difficult to search for them. One of those additional recipes is for asparagus. Try using that search term on her website, and then good luck figuring out which one it is.
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