The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week

The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week

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by Liz Edmunds
     
 

Deciding what to make is always the most wearisome part of preparing a meal. But unlike other books that offer only good-looking recipes, this cookbook offers a revolutionary template for scheduling fun food themes for each night of the week—Monday is comfort food night, Tuesday is Italian night, Wednesday is fish night, and so on. With readily available

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Deciding what to make is always the most wearisome part of preparing a meal. But unlike other books that offer only good-looking recipes, this cookbook offers a revolutionary template for scheduling fun food themes for each night of the week—Monday is comfort food night, Tuesday is Italian night, Wednesday is fish night, and so on. With readily available ingredients in mind, this handy collection also provides fun and delicious recipes appropriate for every theme—hungry kids will look forward to a family dinner at home, especially when they know what to expect! Complete with tips to help every parent get organized, equip the kitchen, supply the pantry, involve other family members in the preparations, and forge family bonds around the dinner table—this book arrives family-tested and kid-approved.

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"The recipes are traditional. What is new is the focus on planning to eat together as a family and making it a time to really be together—mind, body and soul."  —Western Parent

"Aims to simplify for any size table what her large brood helped her perfect. Edmunds's goal is to get families sitting down together again. "  —Carolina Parent

"With planning, and a collection of family-tested recipes, answering the question What's for dinner? won't be such a chore."  —Treasure Valley Family

"[The] advice takes the chore out of making decisions about what to eat . . . Recipes are kid and budget-friendly and the 220 color photos are great for show and tell."  —Today's Chicago Woman

"Family-friendly recipes wrapped around nightly themes bring new organization to mealtimes."  —Grand Rapids Family

"Makes meal planning both easy and straightforward, as well as grocery shopping more organized and effective . . . If you only have room on the family cookbook shelf for one more title, make it Liz Edmund's.'  —Bookwatch

"This cookbook offers a revolutionary template for scheduling fun food themes for each night of the week . . . arrives family-tested and kid-approved."  —

FoodReference.com

"The perfect cookbook for those who rarely cook, but know they should be preparing a hearty meal for their family as well as those who simply don't know how to cook."  —featheredquill.com

Publishers Weekly
With the idea that shared family meals are the cornerstone of good parenting and relationships, self-styled "food nanny" Edmunds offers up a collection of 200 classic family favorites in this terrific home resource. Virtually every classic dish is represented, from Chicken Pot Pie, Pot Roast and Tuna Melts to Buttermilk Waffles and Apple Pie, as well as a few surprises like Sopapillas and even French Baguettes. Helpfully organized by theme ("comfort food," "Italian night," "Mexican night," "pizza night"), Edmunds offers dishes for varying tastes and skill levels. Even those who have never set foot in the kitchen will be able to put a meal together quickly with her easy-to-follow guidance; Classic American Lasagne, for example, calls for jarred sauce and prepared lasagna noodles, but also offers recipes for the noodles themselves and a Bolognese sauce for cooks so inclined. It's this distinguishing approach that makes the book suitable for honing skills and self-challenging. Themes of togetherness and "quality time" feel forced (what could possibly shut up kids faster than the suggested conversation starter, "Why do you think some kids need to bully others?"), but it's impossible to fault Edmunds broad, deep and crowd-pleasing collection, especially suitable for those new to the kitchen.
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Western Parent
The recipes are traditional. What is new is the focus on planning to eat together as a family and making it a time to really be together-mind, body and soul.
Carolina Parent
Edmunds's goal is to get families sitting down together again.
Bookwatch
Makes meal planning both easy and straightforward, as well as grocery shopping more organized and effective . . . If you only have room on the family cookbook shelf for one more title, make it Liz Edmunds'.
Treasure Valley Family
With planning, and a collection of family-tested recipes, answering the question 'What's for dinner?' won't be such a chore.
Today's Chicago Woman
Takes the chore out of making decisions about what to eat . . . Recipes are kid and budget-friendly and the 220 color photos are great for show and tell.
Grand Rapids Family
Family-friendly recipes wrapped around nightly themes bring new organization to mealtimes.
FoodReference.com
This cookbook offers a revolutionary template for scheduling fun food themes for each night of the week . . . arrives family-tested and kid-approved.
featheredquill.com
The perfect cookbook for those who rarely cook, but know they should be preparing a hearty meal for their family as well as those who simply don't know how to cook.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935278774
Publisher:
Palmer-Pletsch Associates
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
216,854
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.61(d)

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Debbi Fields
As a neighbor and friend of Liz Edmunds, The Food Nanny, I can say that she practices what she preaches and cooks! Liz has always had unbounded energy directed daily to her family, attempting to make mealtime-which can be filled with chaos and frenzy-into an enjoyable interlude of fun, conversation, and connection. I endorse Liz and her book because she takes the key ingredients of life-friends and family-and mixes them into a daily tradition of mealtime. These are vital nutrients to keep family and mealtime thriving. (Debbi Fields, founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies)

Meet the Author

Liz Edmunds is an instructor at Sur la Table and a cooking expert for busy families in need of a weekly dinner plan in their own homes. She lives outside Park City, Utah.

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Food Nanny Rescues Dinner 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TerrieBittner More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a cook and a lot of the recipes look like they'd be hard. However, after watching a few episodes of her television program on BYU-TV, I realized I know a lot more about cooking than most of the people she helps and they were making the recipes. I bought the book and have yet to ruin one of these recipes. Her instructions are very clear and detailed and the recipes are much easier than I expected. Meal quality is improving around here!
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
"Wow, Mom! Great dinner!" That's a phrase every home cook loves to hear and one I heard often as I tested recipes from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. This new cookbook professes to be a lifesaver for the stressed, rushed parent in need of a quick and tasty meal and it does not disappoint. Liz Edmunds states that her cookbook is ".more than a cookbook! This book is about making dinnertime a priority, putting it into your family culture where it belongs." A quick flip through the pages of this book will show that Edmunds is correct as there is far more here than simple recipes. The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner opens with over fifteen pages of Edmunds philosophy toward the dinner hour, how to get organized, plan your meals, proper portion size, table talk topics and even the most common excuses for not cooking. In order to make meals work, Edmunds suggests mapping out two weeks of meals at a time and there's even a sample calendar to illustrate exactly what she means. To avoid the common, "I don't know what to make" dilemma that so many parents face, Edmunds advises using theme nights - Italian night, fish and meatless night, pizza night, grill night, Mexican night, etc. Each day of the week is designated with a different theme. Thus, every Tuesday is Italian night so no more excuses - simply flip to the Italian section of the cookbook and get to work. The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner is replete with helpful suggestions and plenty of recipes. I found the recipes in this book extremely easy to follow, quick to prepare, plus my family was quite excited to get something different on the table each night. Plates were scrapped clean and enthusiasm ran high. The favorites for my children were the Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken, Chicken Burritos with Salsa Verde and Lime, and any of the pizza variations, while my husband enjoyed the Almond-Topped Chicken Casserole, the Pot Roast Dinner as well as several of the grill night meals. The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner is the perfect cookbook for those who rarely cook, but know they should be preparing a hearty meal for their family as well as those who simply don't know how to cook. One cautionary note: these recipes are not meant as low calorie meals, but Edmunds does make a point of watching portion size as a means of weight control. Also, although the "Conversation Starters" are well intentioned, the only thing they did in my household was elicit giggles and eye rolls. Quill says: A great book for the cooking challenged, harried parent.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recieved my copy of this book. Its Fantasic. I have already been cooking all of her recipes this week and every night my husband has felt like he was at a five star restuarant. All of the recipes are so easy that I'am able to come home from work and still make a hot meal for me and my husband. Its great everyone needs to get this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Edmunds raised 7 children on home-cooked meals. That makes her an expert on what children like. There are facts thrown in to reinforce what we all should already know¿dinner matters. Dinner time involves four of the five senses of your children¿sight, touch, smell, and taste. While those senses are on overdrive, utilize the time to talk with them. Maybe then they can use their last sense, then sense of hearing. Edmunds instructs the reader to have a two week menu planned before heading to the grocery store. She emphasizes ¿theme nights¿. This does not involve party hats and tablescapes as some television hosts would have you believe. You simply divide each night into a type of food, such as Italian food, seafood, and Mexican food. This keeps variety in dinner. Her recipes are simple, quick, and healthy. I want to also add that they are a pleasure to eat. Many of the quick food gurus make food that is not appetizing to look at, much less eat. This is not the case with Edmunds¿ recipes. This is a real plan for real families who like real food.