The Dinner Doctor

The Dinner Doctor

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by Anne Byrn
     
 

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The doctor's back, and now she's curing dinner woes! Anne Byrn, the award-winning food writer and author of The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor does for dinner what she did for dessert-shows how to take common, convenient supermarket ingredients and turn them into meals that taste like they're made from scratch.

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The doctor's back, and now she's curing dinner woes! Anne Byrn, the award-winning food writer and author of The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor does for dinner what she did for dessert-shows how to take common, convenient supermarket ingredients and turn them into meals that taste like they're made from scratch.

Making excellent use of the Crock-Pot and other labor-saving appliances, incorporating hundreds of shortcuts and tips, and cooking from a pantry of prepared foods-whether canned, frozen, jarred, dried, or fresh from the salad bar-the Dinner Doctor shows how to make over 200 fast and kid-friendly appetizers, salads, soups, sides, and main courses. Take, for example, a can of tuna, and think outside the sandwich: Add beans, tomato, and a vinaigrette, and it becomes a Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad. Turn that healthy mixture into a pasta salad with the addition of cooked penne. And make a speedy pasta supper by tossing the salad with sautéed zucchini and a generous shower of shredded Parmesan. Or, whip up a Tuna Noodle Casserole like mom used to make-but faster and healthier-by lightening the traditional cream of mushroom soup with lemon juice and lowfat milk and using precooked pasta and frozen peas. There are dozens of ways to doctor deli-counter basics into stunning hors d'oeuvres. Five quick casserole toppers. Five zippy garlic breads and 30 ways to dress up frozen peas and frozen spinach. And the "15s"-15 cold pasta sauces, 15 ways to doctor deli chicken, 15 meals made from summer tomatoes, and more.


About the Author:
Anne Byrn is an award-winning food writer who has been featured as the Cake Mix Doctor on Good Morning America, Later Today, All Things Considered, QVC (regularly), and more than 75 other TV and radio programs. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Byrn's two Cake Doctor books-recipes based on cake mixes doctored with various additions, fillings, and other garnishes-have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Now she provides easy recipes for the rest of the meal, using prepared convenience foods of all types. Andrew Schloss's recent Almost from Scratch also offers "convenience cuisine" recipes, but though there are certainly some combinations here that will make purists blanch, overall Byrn's recipes seem fresher and more imaginative. In addition, many of them are super-quick, taking no more than ten minutes to put together. There are also dozens of ideas for other dishes, such as "15 Ways To Doctor a Deli Roast Chicken," along with hundreds of timesaving tips and helpful hints. Some fans may be disappointed that Byrn has tackled savory dishes rather than sweets this time, but this book is sure to be in demand. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761130703
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/21/2003
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 8.22(h) x 1.64(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Byrn is the author of the bestselling Cake Mix Doctor series and The Dinner Doctor, with over 3.5 million copies in print. She makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America and QVC. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. Her website is www.cakemixdoctor.com.

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