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SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families Paperback – April 13, 2010
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“Creative, healthy, unprocessed and kid-friendly without being adult-alienating….a whole new kind of happy meal.” ―O, The Oprah Magazine on The Six O'Clock Scramble
“You CAN find time to cook. Ordering in too often? [Try this] easy, yummy, gotta-try alternative.” ―Reader's Digest
About the Author
Aviva Goldfarb is a mother of two and the author and founder of The Six O'Clock Scramble®, www.thescramble.com, an online weekly menu planner and cookbook (St. Martin's Press, 2006), and is author of the cookbook, SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families (St. Martin's Press, 2010).
Top Customer Reviews
When I saw she had a new cookbook out, I requested it immediately but was a bit unsure whether it would live up to the first one. I should not have worried - I think this one is even better! There were so many recipes I loved that I have too many pages to dog-ear, and I anticipate this being used weekly in our home for a long time.
1. Better organization - While still categorized by seasons (which I find extremely helpful), now the fish/meat/pasta recipes are put together so that you can easily select from the right style of meal. At the beginning of each 'season' every recipe is indexed by page number so you can easily flip right to it.
2. Side dish recipes are now included in each recipe, instead of having to flip to the back of the book
3. Very helpful side-bar articles and tips (and very up to date - including the issue of BPA in canned goods, composting tips, and lunch/snack ideas)
4. Really good recipes! There is great variety in here with a focus on lots of fruits/vegetables and interesting spices. Nothing bland or boring.
I highly recommend this cookbook!!!
The only, relatively minor, caveat is that Ms. Goldfarb's children are clearly better at eating certain foods than mine are. I would love for them to cheerfully eat a black bean salad, but alas they have not yet seen the light. But I live in hope, and in the meantime, I can make it & eat it myself.
I have quite a lot of cookbooks, and have given away even more, because the recipes didn't live up to the book around them. This one is a keeper.
I can't tell you how many days I stand in front of the fridge now and try to figure out what to eat. I used to be so good about planning ahead and taking something out but after Buddy got sick that all kind of fell by the wayside. The Six o'Clock Scramble really makes things a lot easier for someone like me as it's all there for me. All I have to do is pick something that sounds good, make sure I have the ingredients and off I go! Best of all the meals are all healthy which is really important for my health and my family's health.
What a terrific cookbook! What I loved about it aside from all the really great recipes was the seasonal produce chart, the vegetarian options, grocery lists for the week (gotten online) and one really great one - the well stocked kitchen list. I can't tell you how often I fall behind on the essentials and then go to make something and it's not there. Very frustrating! I also love the nutritional information along with each recipe as this makes it very easy to be compatible with Weight Watchers. Another thing I noticed with Aviva's cookbook and was very impressed with was the fact that in reading the ingredients in her recipes I recognized all of them and knew I'd actually be able to buy them at my local grocery store.
The cookbook is organized according to seasons which is great. For me, in Canada, we don't have fresh fruit and vegetables during the winter.Read more ›
Before I opened this book, I never considered the fact that cookbooks aren't generally written for busy moms (duh). These recipes have short ingredient lists and prep times, plus they're yummy and healthy and arranged by season. Such a relief. There are weekly menu suggestions. Corresponding shopping lists are even available on the website.
I haven't tried it yet, but you can also get a subscription to weekly meal plans, recipes and shopping lists through her website.
Seriously, it's genius.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not worth it. It was ok. Most of the recipes didn't even sound appealing to try and make. I've seen and own better recipe collections than this one.Published 16 months ago by BienchenBee
I was excited to get the package delivered, but when I opened it I found that the print quality is very poor. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Diane W.
Thank you, Ms. Goldfarb, for writing this book!!! I am a single mother who works full- time, and have struggled for years to create healthy menus, organize my shopping lists, and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by zoeoni
I live by this book! It pretty much helps keep my children alive, too, or they'd wither away eating macaroni and cheese and sausages.Published 24 months ago by Saffron
This is a very helpful & healthy cookbook for kids & familyPublished on July 7, 2014 by Jennifer McBride
Our family has limited culinary skills and these cookbooks and the online service are a delight. We use the online service for new and interesting variety every week for is. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by A4Q96