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Perfect for a family on a budget,
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This review is from: Taste of Home: Busy Family Cookbook: 370 Recipes for Weeknight Dinners (Paperback)
I know someone wrote they were not impressed with this book because there were no "new" recipes in here. And that's true. But that is not what I need in a cookbook with 2 small children. I have plenty of cookbooks with lots of new and fresh ideas that use exotic ingredients. My 2 year old wants none of that. And really, our budget cannot afford that. This cookbook is perfect for our current life stage because the recipes use basic staples and food items that my toddler recognizes and will eat, yet are varied enough for my husband and me to enjoy dinner as well. And because none of the recipes call for exotic ingredients, I usually have everything on hand, nothing costs me a fortune to buy, and I don't have to search all over the grocery store for that one ingredient. I like the organization of the book. It is laid out in sections of types of meat, meatless, side dishes, and desserts and then each of those sections are listed in order from shortest amount of time to make to longest, basically 10 minutes to an hour. Some of the desserts are plan ahead, but that is always listed at the top so you know if you have time to make it or not. The recipes also make about 4 servings each, which is perfect for us because we have enough for dinner and enough for one or two leftover servings, which I can put in my husband's lunches so we're not wasting food.