The Good Neighbor Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Surprise and Satisfy the New Moms, New Neighbors, and More

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One of the best ways to convey the message, "I'm thinking of you," or "I care," is to show up with delicious, homemade food.

Forget about the same old boring pasta salad or tuna casserole when you need to bring dinner to exhausted new parents, care for a friend recovering from surgery, or contribute to a business breakfast. Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg offer 125 great new recipes inside The Good Neighbor Cookbook. Uniquely divided by occasion rather than food ...

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Overview

One of the best ways to convey the message, "I'm thinking of you," or "I care," is to show up with delicious, homemade food.

Forget about the same old boring pasta salad or tuna casserole when you need to bring dinner to exhausted new parents, care for a friend recovering from surgery, or contribute to a business breakfast. Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg offer 125 great new recipes inside The Good Neighbor Cookbook. Uniquely divided by occasion rather than food category, chapters include: Get Well Soon, Bringing Home Baby, Welcome to the Neighborhood, Novel Ideas for Book Club, Block Parties, Barbeques and Family Get-Togethers, and Meet and Eat.

In addition to flavorful and health-conscious recipes, The Good Neighbor Cookbook also includes tips for preparing food ahead of time or freezing dishes for later. With recipes such as Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie; Smoky Corn Chowder; Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Lasagna; Potato Salad with Fennel, Lemon, and Herbs; Earl Grey and Orange Tea Cookies; Banana and Hazelnut Muffins; and Soy and Ginger Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, your friends, neighbors, and book club members will realize they have never had it so good. More than just a potluck cookbook, The Good Neighbor Cookbook is timely and relevant for today's "potluck economy."

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Quessenberry, former recipe developer and food stylist for Real Simple, and Schlosberg (coauthor, The Ultimate Diet Log) offer dishes to bring to a new mom, a sick friend, a book club meeting, and more. Recipes in the "Bringing Home Baby" chapter include nutritious, high-energy dishes for exhausted new parents, such as Cranberry Granola Bars and Hearty Minestrone Soup with Potato Gnocchi. "Get Well Soon," on the other hand, features recipes that freeze well and incorporate immune-boosting ingredients, like Turkey and Dill Meatloaf and Zucchini-Orange Bread. This distinctive approach that highlights the communality of cooking is highly recommended. [The authors have launched a companion blog with additional recipes, thegoodneighborcookbook.com.—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740793554
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Quessenberry is the chief recipe developer and food stylist for Real Simple magazine. With her easy-to-follow, time-saving recipes and down-to-earth approach, Quessenberry makes cooking seem like an inviting opportunity rather than a daunting task. She resides in New York, New York.

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Suzanne Schlosberg is a top health, nutrition, and parenting writer. A former senior editor of Shape magazine, she is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Fitness for Dummies, The Ultimate Diet Log, and The Essential Breastfeeding Log. Her articles have appeared in Health, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and Parenting, among others. She resides in Bend, Oregon.

Online:
www.realsimple.com

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    Posted November 25, 2011

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    Be A Good Neighbor! This Cookbook Will Help

    Neighborliness is seemingly a lot art to most of us. A cookbook to help those acts of kindness along is most welcome. "The Good Neighbor Cookbook" is just that. (The title really explains exactly what the book is about!) This is a more updated version of what our mothers may have referred to on good-neighbor occasions; books like Betty Crocker and Good Housekeeping. This cookbook is chock full of modern recipe suggestions specifically geared to the need at hand: the birth of a child; an illness; a new neighbor; block parties and barbecues; community, religious and business gatherings; book clubs; condolences. Each section offers recipes for that specific act of neighborliness. Additionally, there are tips for preparing food ahead, and how to package and transport it, all geared toward making it as easy as possible on the recipients. To welcome a new neighbor, the authors suggest including a list of neighborhood 'best local picks'; a personal list of favorite neighborhood businesses like dry cleaners, dog groomers, farmers' markets, restaurants, doctors offices, and so on. The modern quotient of this cookbook is the way the authors invoke the use of high-quality, fresh ingredients whenever possible. The ingredients lists include such as items as fresh thyme, arugula, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables (versus frozen or canned), fresh-squeezed juices, among others. Care has been taken to make dishes both tasteful and healthful. There are recipes and suggestions for preparing something at the last minute, for large groups, and a great idea called the 'meal train.' A 'meal train' involves using a free online invitation service like Evite to reach out to a group of friends or neighbors to make daily, twice a week, or weekly meal deliveries to a family welcoming a newborn, experiencing a long-term illness, or a suffering a recent death. Contributors sign up for specific dates, and post comments indicating the dish they'll prepare thereby spreading the good neighborliness around, and offering ongoing assistance. To spread the good-neighbor word further, authors Quessenberry and Schlosberg have created a blog, The Good Neighbor Cookbook where readers can find recipes organized by occasion, and fun weekly features like 'Meet This Grateful Neighbor,' and 'Meet This Good Neighbor Cook' in which readers share their personal, good-neighbor stories, recipes, tips, cooking occasions and more. "The Good Neighbor Cookbook" will come in handy for anyone wanting to make that neighborly gesture of kindness. Whether looking for inspiration, or for last-minute ideas, this cookbook has it all.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Good New Ideas

    One of the things that helped the most when I gave birth to each of my four children was to have meals brought in by friends and neighbors. It's something I also try to do for others and while I have a few favorite recipes for such an occasion, I appreciated the new offerings in this cookbook. Some of the recipes will take some planning because they aren't the usual tuna with canned soup and macaroni variety, but they are relatively simple to make and use regular ingredients one can find in any grocery store. The focus is on healither ingredients and recipes are included for side dishes and desserts to accompany main dishes. The authors include tips for preparing food ahead of time or freezing dishes for later which is handy for both the person providing a meal who may not have the time to go shopping and prepare a dish on short notice, and the one receiving it who may want to save it for another day. Also included are tips for organizing a "meal train" for someone, ideas for transporting the food, and suggestions for using containers that don't need to be returned. Recipes include appetizers, soups, main dishes, casseroles, muffins, breads, snacks, salads and side dishes, and desserts. There are several main dishes that I look forward to trying such as Pepper Jack Enchiladas, Savory Chicken Cobbler, Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad with Cucumbers and Olives, and Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    buy it

    Purposeful and thoughtful. Love it!
    This should be a staple in everyone's kitchen.
    One of the authors used to create recipes for
    Real Simple so you know it has to be good!

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