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The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking Paperback – August 16, 2016
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“Weeknight cooking has never been easier for the everyday home cook! Mary’s recipes make mealtime fun and memorable for on-the-go families.”―Sandy Coughlin, author of The Reluctant Entertainer
“It’s so challenging to think of what to feed my family during the work week, and Mary Younkin saves the day. I love that her recipes call for fresh ingredients, and she features food that my picky family likes to eat! This will be my go-to cookbook for family dinners.”―Lori Lange, founder of RecipeGirl.com and author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook
“Mary Younkin’s The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is a life-saver and must-have! She makes weeknight dinners manageable and innovative.”―Jenny Flake, Picky Palate
“For those of us looking to cook creative, delicious and minimal-prep meals in spite of our crazy schedules during the week, look no further than The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. Mary Younkin has created the quintessential cookbook and life saving guide for the busy couple or family starved for time and sensational meals.”―Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of Grandbaby Cakes
“Mary has found the secret to getting delicious dinners on the table fast! No matter how much time you have, one of her homemade dinner or dessert recipes is sure to please everyone in the family.”―Christina Lane, author of the Dessert for Two cookbook
“This book is how I want to feed my family: real food used in practical ways. Each recipe is superb with the perfect amount of seasoning, variety and love. This is the cookbook that never leaves my kitchen counter!”―Amanda Rettke, bestselling author of Surprise-Inside Cakes
“The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is an indispensable cookbook for all families. No matter how little time you have to cook there is a tempting meal in here for you!”―Rebecca Lindamood, author of Not Your Mama's Canning Book and founder of FoodieWithFamily.com
About the Author
Mary Younkin runs the widely popular cooking blog Barefeet in the Kitchen. She has developed recipes for many well-known brands, such as The National Pork Board, Horizon Organics, Whole Foods, Albertsons and Safeway. Mary lives with her husband and children in Phoenix, Arizona.
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So to the question of whether it is indeed family-friendly, I can say unequivocally that it is. Is it simple? Yep, it's that, too. The recipes in the book are organized by the amount of time it takes to make them, and so far, each of the recipes I've tried fits into its time category quite neatly. As an experienced cook, I'm coming in right at the fastest window of time Mary has specified in the book. The categories are 15 - 25 minute meals, 30 - 45 minute meals, and 5 - 10 minute prep meals which have added cooking time, but only require the specified amount of hands-on time. This makes time management in the kitchen a piece of Lemon Lover's Pound Cake, folks.
I've ordered copies for Christmas for some of my busy mama friends already. I think I am going to pop a few more in my cart for my friends who work like crazy but still want to eat home cooked meals from real, whole foods as often as possible. Oh! That's the other thing I really wanted to mention; this book doesn't use pre-made mixes or a bunch of processed ingredients. It is all from scratch, including the spice blends she includes in the book as a bonus. This makes my heart so happy! I can cook from scratch "as simply as possible" -as the back of the book says- and still make my mouth, wallet, and stomach happy. You'll be so happy to have this one in your kitchen. I know I am!
I'm really very glad I got this for him! (so is he) !