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Posted March 5, 2012
A Great Resource for Menu Planning
I always appreciate a cookbook that offers ways to streamline the meal planning and cooking process, uses (planned) leftovers to save time later, and uses regular ingredients I can find in my local grocery store. The Organized Cook offers all of that in a format that is easy to read and includes color photos of the dishes. Even the weekly grocery lists are included.
As the title suggests, the menus are for weeknight dinners, Monday through Friday, and include a main entree plus a side dish or salad. Desserts aren't included. The idea is to reuse ingredients throughout the week. For example, weekly meal plan #3 is Slow-Cooker Beef Roast, Sesame Baked Chicken, Peppy Spaghetti, Beef Enchiladas, and Chinese Chicken Salad. Extra portions of the beef and chicken are cooked with the Monday and Tuesday meals to be included in the other recipes that week.
The recipes are suitable for cooks of any level. However, the amounts seem to be small for the number of servings (four per recipe), but the author does suggest that for families with larger appetities (or a husband and always hungry teenage boy, in my case), the recipes can be doubled which I found to be about right for my family and given that my husband usually takes dinner leftovers for lunch at work the next day.
While I haven't yet tried any of the weekly plans as outlined in the book, I do believe it does work to streamline weeknight meals and would save money. The recipes tried so far have been good (Sesame Baked Chicken and Italian Sausage and Peppers). Any of the recipes can also be revised to reflect the tastes one's family prefers, and extra ingredients such as vegetables could be added as desired.
Overall I do like this cookbook as a resource for good recipes, menu planning, and keeping the food budget under control.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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Posted May 9, 2014
Font is TOO small!
This book is very difficult to read due to the font being so small! And I am near sighted! Turning on the publisher default helped but anyone having difficulty reading small print may find this cookbook unusable! ( I did try maxing out the font and other types of font.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Otherwise, nicely done cookbook with plans and menus.
Would also be nice it it had an active table of contents.
Posted January 29, 2013