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Week in a Day Paperback – October 22, 2013
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GLOBE-SPANNING COMFORT FOOD, ALL MADE AT HOME, AND IN JUST ONE DAY
BRAISED PORK TACOS
CRAB CAKE MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
MOROCCAN MEAT LOAF WITH LEMON-HONEY GRAVY
RATATOUILLE WITH POACHED EGGS & GARLIC CROUTONS
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Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Ordered for the wife and she loves it, she's been using it pretty regular and enjoys how easy it is to followPublished 3 months ago by Jeffery
Disappointed in this book. Essentially you are spending one WHOLE day cooking 5 completely different dinners, putting them in rubbermaids, and microwaving them the night you want... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katherine Coleman
I bought this as the first cookbook to use with the Kindle App on my laptop and am elated with the experience. Great pictures and easy to find recipes.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was hoping for a book that would allow me to power-cook on weekends to prepare family meals for the week. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Momof2
I am extremely disappointed with this cookbook. I used to subscribe to the Rachel Ray magazine and every issue had things section you could pull out and take directly to the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Bardsley