Sunday, April 22, 2012

Don't Panic Cookbook

Title: DON’T PANIC: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family
Authors: Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell, and Bonnie Garcia
Publisher: Revell
September 2005
ISBN: 978-0800730550
Genre: Nonfiction/cookbook

We’re all busy, but that doesn’t mean we have to eat like we are. You don’t have to stop for fast food or carry out on the way home from work nor do you need to feed your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are do-able with this cookbook.

Recipes for things such as:

 Oven Roasted Orange Chicken
 Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
 Fruit Pizza
 Slow Cooker Pork Chops
 Walnut Spinach Salad

And much more are included in this thick book.

Each of the recipes can be made on the grill or in the sauté pan or the crockpot. And the recipes require less hands-on preparations than traditional meals. There are appetizers and desserts, one-dish casseroles, and soups, even breakfasts, and for those who like to make ahead, there are meals that are freezer friendly.

Only complaint I have is that this cookbook is full of things that I don’t keep on hand at my house. So if I wanted to make a recipe I’d have to plan ahead and make sure that I have all the ingredients. That would be a deterrent for most women I think, unless you’re in the habit of keeping things like heavy cream, pancetta, or espresso beans in your home.

This is a cookbook for a organized busy woman, whether she works at home or in a workplace. 3.5 stars. $14.99. 253 pages.

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