Thursday, September 21, 2017


WHAT'S COOKING?

I've been looking for a cookbook just like this one. I know there are many out there, but this one had just what I was looking for. 


THE DINNER PLAN
Simple Weeknight Recipes & Strategies for Every Schedule
by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion


From the authors of the IACP award-winning cookbook KEEPERS, an entirely new and personalized approach to tackling the dinner dilemma:
 
Between juggling work, family activities, mismatched schedules, and often bare refrigerators, there are all sorts of situations that make weeknight cooking a universally challenging—and frustrating—experience. The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies—Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry—that will help get dinner on the table no matter what the workweek throws at you. The 135 recipes—from main dishes to sides to salads and “lifesaver” condiments—provide lots of practical options whether time is super-tight, you haven’t had a chance to run to the store, or everyone is coming home at a different time. 
 
And most importantly, all of the recipes are “keepers”—brag-worthy, reliable, crowd-pleasing preparations that you’ll confidently turn to again and again. Shrimp Scampi,

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas, Foolproof Carbonara, and Mexican Skillet Lasagna are just a few examples of doable recipes that will earn their place in any busy cook’s repertoire. Rounded out with plenty of tips and a bonus section on healthful snacks called The Forgotten Meal, The Dinner Plan is every home cook’s indis­pensable weeknight dinner guide.


MY REVIEW


THE DINNER PLAN is a prime example of what an informative, helpful cookbook should be. Authors Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion have really gone above and beyond to create a resource cookbook to help everyone prepare dinner no matter their schedule.

The introduction starts off with a great guide for 5 Weeknight Meal Strategies. Each recipe in the book is tagged with one or more of these strategies to help you know the perfect meal for just the right circumstances be it make ahead or fast preparation meals.

After a brief “About Us” page, the authors provide a list of 10 Gadgets for Greater Kitchen Efficiency. While I have a few of the mentioned items, I don’t have the ones they recommend, and I doubt most readers will either, but I have no doubt we can all make out with what we have.

Next, the recipes. Some very simple, while others may take a bit more work. Beautiful full page color photos show finished dishes that will make readers’ stomachs growl. There are standard sections of recipes that include offerings such as . . . Buffalo Shrimp Tacos, One-Pan Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes, Skillet Chicken Parm, Turkey Sloppy Joes, Salisbury Steak, Mexican Skillet Lasagna, Bacon and Egg Fried Rice, Eggplant and Tomato Pasta, Corn and Potato Chowdar, Veggie Italian Hereos, Braised Green Beans and Tomatoes, Dark Chocolate-Banana Bread (Note: There are only about four dessert recipes), and so much more!

Scattered among the recipes are full page tips for things like The New Dinner Party, and Home Alone. All leading to the end of the book with Recipes by Category (with the meal strategies codes), and a list of staple pantry ingredients.  

THE DINNER PLAN is a fantastic recipe book that will make a wonderful addition to any kitchen.


THE DINNER PLAN
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Available
September 19!


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