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One Grocery List...Endless Recipes

by Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins

Pub Date: July 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4516-3535-5
Publisher: Atria

A low-stress, organized approach to getting dinner on the table in busy households.

Kallio and Krastins present a new addition to the trove of quick-and-easy cookbooks. But theirs is more than a collection of short-cut recipes; it’s an entire “meal creation system.” The authors’ innovative approach involves serving up a master grocery list that includes all the ingredients needed for the book’s 300 recipes. With their list and tips for organizing your kitchen, creating a home-cooked supper is a no-brainer. The recipes are straightforward American fare and a bit on the uninteresting side (read: “kid-friendly”). But this book is designed for working parents, not wannabe chefs, and it does give busy families and new cooks an accessible alternative to take-out. One of the most useful sections is the selection of appetizers and dips, offering mix-and-match flexibility. The book abounds with timesaving suggestions, like how to quickly thaw frozen bread dough and how to present a dinner party with minimal effort. It even offers a glossary for the food novice: “Lemons—tart, yellow citrus fruit.” The meal creation, however, seems to lie solely in women’s hands, though the authors do mention that the master list will make it easier for poor old hubby to navigate the aisles of the supermarket.

A pragmatic cookbook with none of the idealism of beautiful photographs or exotic ingredients—or even, for that matter, men in the kitchen.