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The "What's for Dinner?" Solution: Quick, Easy, and Affordable Meals Your Family Will Love Paperback – October 1, 2011
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- Plan your meals for a month, and then eat (most of) them at home.
- Get out of your cooking ruts and put all your tools to work.
- Have a kitchen that works for you.
- Have some fun along the way.
This book has so much information on how to get a meal on the table. The author, Kathi Lipp, shows what works for her but suggests ways that may work for the reader too. It starts with getting recipes and organizing them. The author gives ideas of how to organize your kitchen. She offers suggestions of how to make your kitchen more efficient and enjoyable to work in. You will learn that a well stocked pantry can be a life saver. Best of all, for me, she gives lots of good recipes.
Kathi suggests going shopping for food once a week. I personally go shopping every 4 - 6 weeks. Every week we do buy bread and milk but everything else is bought every 4 - 6 weeks. This does take careful planning - making out a menu, buying everything needed for the menu, and actually using the menu. All this is covered in the book. I set my menu up so all the vegetables that will perish by the first few weeks will be used before they are no good.
Kathi gives many ways of cooking the meals that she helped the reader get ready to make:
Freezer cooking - making many meals at once and freezing them. I did this once. It was a lot of work. It took me two days to cook a month worth of meals. The stocked freezer was well worth it.
Slow Cooker - many people forget about using theirs
Left Overs On Purpose Meals - making a meal within a meal.
Pantry Meals - everything for a meal on hand.
Fast Food At Home - quick, homemade meals.
The author stresses to be flexible. If your day isn't working out to make the meal on your menu, change the meal. Enjoy yourself as you are working on your meals. Playing music, cooking with others, or shopping at a farmers market are some ideas Kathi gives. At the end of the book there are fun and interesting questions to ask during mealtime to connect with each other.
I think this book is well written. There is so much to explain and the author made it simple and understandable. This book is definitely for the person who walks into the grocery store and decides right there what to buy for meals. If you're looking to get more organized at mealtime this is the book for you. Just remember to take baby steps, you can't do everything suggested all at once. This book isn't for a person who is already organized in the kitchen. I have done practically everything the author suggests for more than 20 years. I've found nothing that could help me be further organized. I am definitely going try many of the recipes in this book.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
The goal of What's for Dinner is to get you to organize your kitchen and your menu planning into a streamlined system that works for you and your family. A few recipes are included in this book, however this is definitely not a cookbook.
At first glance all of the planning and organizing in this book seem like a lot of work. If your kitchen is like mine, it probably will be a lot of work. From getting a handle on that recipe box to planning a week/month worth of meals at a time, the ideas in this book might take some adjusting.
I can see the genius of Kathi Lipp's plan, though. It's simple. It's a working system that is tailored for your home and just might be the answer if you panic every time someone asks, "What's for Dinner?".
Quick, easy, affordable meals your family will love
Kathi Lipp © 2011
Harvest House Publishers
197 pp. plus index of recipes (ppbk)
Also available as e-book
In her usual friendly style, Kathi Lipp narrates her discoveries about making kitchen tasks and family dining essentially problem free. She relates ways to prevent a last minute panic that results in expensive take-outs and fast-food meals. Her methods and recipes will especially appeal to young homemakers and mothers.
This author explains bulk buying and cooking so that doesn't sound like hard work. She encourages freezer meals and using a slow-cooker. She removes the drudgery of advance planning. Her uses of left-overs will help control food budgets.
A few recipes are a bit high in fats and I'd prefer more veggies each meal, but for busy women this book will be most welcome. The "What's for Dinner Solution" can also be a great gift to newer cooks.
After eating ham and cheese sandwiches every single night, on her own for the first time, Kathi Lipp needed some culinary skills - and quick! Starting out with a simple Mennonite cookbook, Kathi became hooked on collecting recipes and from her years of trial and error, The "What's for Dinner?" Solution was born.
The thing I noticed right away is that if you are NOT an organized planner, you may have some issues with this book. Kathi is a huge advocate of planning out meals so if that is not your cup of tea, these ideas may not work well for you.
However, if the thought of having 31 meals planned out and saving time and money appeals to you - this book is the answer you've been looking for. And you can work your way up using Kathi's ideas...start out planning 3 meals, then work up to 7 meals and so forth. Kathi shows you how to organize your kitchen, cut expenses at the grocery store, find and organize your recipes and even make use of the slow cooker you're terrified of!
You will feel like a cooking ninja by the end of this book, even if you only implement a few of Kathi's ideas! Kathi also includes some of her favorite tried and true recipes for you to get started with. I highly recommend this book for anyone you know who can use a little inspiration in the kitchen.