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“A family dinner home run.”
—Better Homes & Gardens
 
“Teach[es] home cooks how to prepare better versions of fast food indulgences.”
—Boston Globe
 
“A thoughtful, well-crafted book.”
—Portland Oregonian
 
“With Lucinda at your side, you can cook what you crave at home; it will be tastier, healthier and much less expensive.”
—BookPage
 
“A remarkable collection. . . . Mouth-watering recipes . . .  [are] clearly written and easy to follow.”
—Deseret News
 
“The latest work from the guru of real family meals.”
—The Denver Post
 
“Will appeal to readers looking for indulgent home-cooked recipes to satisfy fast-food cravings.”
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“Score a family dinner home run with crowd-pleasing recipes from Lucinda Scala Quinn. Packed with everything from diner and burger joint favorites to takeout-style meals you can whip up at home, this book makes summer cooking fun.” --Better Homes & Gardens

About the Author

Lucinda Scala Quinn is the founder of Mad Hungry, the headquarters for home cooks looking for proven recipes, strategies, and inspiration. She is the author of four cookbooks, most recently Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys and Mad Hungry Cravings, and appears regularly on both morning television and QVC with her top-selling Mad Hungry kitchenware line. Lucinda is the former senior vice president and executive editorial director of food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the host of her own television show, Mad Hungry: Bringing Back the Family Meal, and she cohosted Everyday Food on PBS for six years. She lives and cooks with her husband and three sons in New York City.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1st Printing edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157965438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654382
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
We've all been there. Craving a gooey, cheesy pizza on a Thursday night, until you finally give in and call the local pizza joint for delivery. Mad Hungry Cravings acknowledges that indulging your cravings is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. But going out to a restaurant or ordering take-out isn't the best way to do it.

Mad Hungry Cravings runs contrary to our conventional wisdom about fast food and take-out being fast and easy. Lucinda Scala Quinn asserts that you can make your favorite comfort foods at home, and they will be healthier, tastier, faster, and cheaper than getting the restaurant version. After a few minutes of perusing this cookbook, she'll have you convinced.

This cookbook begins with a section on Scala Quinn's basic philosophy about crave-able foods. Keeping fresh ingredients on hand is half the battle. Start simply. Plan ahead and strategize. Broaden your horizons. These simple gems of advice are oh-so-obvious, yet so challenging to put into action. The author makes you feel like this is really possible, and that basic changes in the way your household operates can facilitate healthier, cheaper eating. She also explains the essential ingredients that make it possible to whip up Latin, American, Mediterranean, and Asian dishes without making special trips to the store. The rest of the cookbook is broken into the following categories:

Breakfast
Soups and Sandwiches
Salads
Noshes and Nibbles
Main Dishes
Noodles, Rice, and Corn
Veggies and Sides
Spirits
Sweets

One of my favorite things about this cookbook is its excellent layout. The design is fun, fresh, and modern, making the cookbook easy to read and very accessible.
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I was surprised to see on the cover of Mad Hungry Cravings that it has 173 recipes. It feels like so much more than that! There is a little bit of everything in this book! The book can be summed up in the Mad Hungry Maxims - how and why to cook the food you crave at home - focus on cooking at home instead of take-out.

The book begins with a look at the pantry, or as she calls it the larder. A lot of books begin like this, but this one is set up a bit differently. Your larder is divided into American, Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin. Under each category are the basic ingredients that you need to keep stocked.
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I have all of her cookbooks and have tried numerous recipes on her blog. You can never go wrong. Everything is delicious. What I really love about her stye of cooking it's from scratch and proof that we can feed our families in a

I have all of her cookbooks and have made many of her recipes on her blog and show as well. Nothing has ever failed or been a disappointment. What I really love about her style is she proves you can cook healthy meals from scratch even if you are a busy women in a chaotic house, or a college kid, bachelor or single person. Your family can eat meals that don't come from boxes or cans. You wont be disappointed. It's even an excellent book for teens and college kids to get into. She has recipes for foods we like to get from take out and shows you how to make it using the same amount of time it would take to go out and get it, being much healthier for our bodies and pocketbook. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.
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I had watched her show for a couple years. Transforms dishes to easily accomplished meals. Well thought out with hints and additional left over uses (who knew to blend tomato juice and left over buttermilk into a cold soup?).
I would suggest for purchase if you like trying to use real food and make at home.
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Lucinda Quinn really nailed it with Mad Hungry Cravings. The recipes aren't overly complicated, there's a good variety of different recipes that would hopefully satiate any craving, and my favorite part: there is an ingredients list in the beginning of the book that features staple ingredients to have in your pantry for American, Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin recipes.

The images in the book look delicious, and again, because the recipes aren't overly complicated, most don't take too long to execute. I've tried out a couple recipes already and they all taste great! This would be a nice gift for a college student, or a foody friend who is looking to make a quick meal - NOW! Recommended.
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