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In today's fast-paced society, TV dinners and fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking.But with the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen -- the freezer -- anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours. Jessica Fisher' s Not Your Mother provides the key to doing so. Fi ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Harvard Common Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Debbie
Freezer cooking has saved my life and fed my family these past few years! I will never go back to the daily grind of trying to figure out what's for dinner at 4pm. I have tried to use a bunch of bulk/freezer cookbooks over the years and none of them have been exceptional. Sure I have gotten a few ideas here and there, but the recipes are sometimes bland or boring. I couldn't wait for Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook (NYM Series) because I have been visiting her t ...more
Jada Roche
Not really good for us, between my list of things I can't eat, and the list of things everyone else just won't eat. And let's face it-most things can be frozen anyway-you don't need a book specific about it. I had been hoping to get some ideas and maybe buy this if I liked it....yet again, glad I just borrowed it from the library.
Heidi
I'd tried another once-a-month cooking book, and was less than impressed. I spent an exhausting day cooking a bunch of meals, none of which was very good. I ended up tossing some of it.

This book was a lot different. I still spent most of a day cooking, but it wasn't exhausting. She has a bunch of recipes for marinating chicken in a freezer bag, and I tried spicy mustard and tandoori. Prep was super simple and took just a few minutes. Then I made two one-pot dishes, red lentil dal and cheddar veg
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Turrean
Serves as an introduction to bulk cooking. This is a nice strategy for folks who don't have…or don't think they have…the time to spend cooking a really good meal on a daily basis. There was some good advice on food safety and cooling foods preparatory to freezing.

I found the recipes a bit repetitious--heavy on certain kinds of recipes, and definitely geared to the large family rather than a single diner or a couple.

If you can, stay away from the digital version of this book and go for print. I
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Laura
This is a really good cookbook if you practice this kind of meal prep. I do sometimes, though not as thoroughly as this book gets into. It's a great idea, and she really sells it well. The recipes are very family-friendly, and most people could prepare them. She has suggested menus and 'meal plans', which while they work well together, I think could scare some people off. There are lots of freezer-friendly tips sprinkled throughout the book, as well as food storage ideas, and other ways to keep ...more
Rachel Rogers
Always looking for good advice on meals to be frozen for future use. This one turns the notion on its head and guides you through ONLY (or mostly) using home-prepared meals out of your freezer with guidelines on shopping and cooking to fill your freezer. It feels much like an at-home Dream Dinners plan. Choose 6-12 recipes, shop accordingly, spend a day making all of them, some with more than one batch, store it in various containers and stick it in the freezer. It's a little too labor-intensive ...more
Arlian
Other freezer cookbooks I have read were pretty recipe heavy, with a little bit of info in the front about freezing. This book still follows that basic format--more a recipe book than a reference one--but it has a little bit more 'reference' to it than the average cookbook. Not only does it offer planned month-long menus, it also offers a step-by-step prep guide following each menu plan. That means the author not only tells you what to buy, she outlines the most streamlined way to prepare her me ...more
Nancy
I was more impressed with this “Not Your Mother’s” cookbook than I was in the previous book that that I tried. Like Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two, this one does not have pictures, but what it does offer are usable dinner solutions, with shopping lists and planning schedules, that will get you through the shopping and cooking process smoother and easier.

Another added bonus is that not all the recipes depend on tomato products as fillers. Other cookbooks that I have checked out in
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Judith
I think the last time I actually READ a cookbook was More with Less in 1995, but I devoured all the non-recipe writing in this book in one setting!

While much of what Fisher has written may not be new information, it's interesting to consider all the bits of info in the context of freezer cooking, and I definitely had a few "Aha!" moments.

Fisher excels at breaking the big task of freezer cooking down and creating very doable checklists. She includes about ten of those (for cooking sessions rang
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T Crockett
Fisher's notes on planning ahead and making the most of your time are really helpful. I liked the idea of making your own convenience foods. The only problem with the book is that most of the recipes were heavy on meat and/or cheese. I'm sure they're delicious, they just don't fit our household.
Anastasia Tuckness
Awesome, super-organized introduction to freezer cooking. She includes detailed lists for her plans--for groceries, cooking utensils, storage containers, etc.--it's all listed out for you. Plans range from 2 hours to 1 day in length and complexity. Recipes range from vegetable patties to beef stew, with everything in between. I found the recipes to have more of an emphasis on tastiness for families than I expected, which means this book will be perfect for moms wanting to make food for the freez ...more
Kristin
I can't believe it took me this long to discover freezer cooking! When I say this entire concept is life-changing, I am not being dramatic. I found some good recipes on MoneySavingMom.com and wanted to expand on them. I tried one of the freezer cooking sessions as outlined in the book, and we have enjoyed each of the five meals included in it. The beginning of the book has tips for freezer cooking, which were appreciated by my novice self. I initially borrowed the book from the library and ended ...more
Leigh  Kramer
It may be geared more toward families but I still bookmarked plenty of recipes to try, whether or not I make them ahead for freezing. Great resource.
Cherie
B I randomly heard of this book, and I'm so glad I did. While it was quite meat-heavy, I really liked the idea. I am really busy and a lot of time, I'll make a meal with the intention of freezing most of it a lot of the time so that I can quickly and easily have healthy and yummy leftovers. There were two that really grabbed my attention - a giant crockpot recipe for sauce, which I should have already made at some point (and I will) and a yummy sounding lentil dal that I am making tomorrow. But, ...more
Layne
I am one of those people who can't really cook without instructions. I guess I doubt my own skills. Anyway, this cookbook is actually pretty great for meal planning and I've enjoyed the recipes I've tried so far. Freezing food seems simple, but this helps you go beyond standard freezer casseroles and understand what freezes well/what doesn't. Step by step instructions are super clear and nothing is too complicated.

Only downside is that the vegetarian options are a little disappointing.
Ami
Nov 28, 2013 Ami rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book is the best cookbook I've read yet about make ahead freezer meals. There was some great advice on making freezer meals if you don't want to spend an entire day cooking and there were many recipes and ideas. Most freezer recipes focus on some sort of marinated chicken, but this one had a wide variety, which was refreshing. All in all, the only thing that kept this from earning five stars was the lack of photographs in the book.
Mrs.
No photos, decent recipes that you can jazz up a bit. The greatest strength of the book are the very detailed instructions at the beginning to get you organized to cook in bulk without going nuts.
Kayris
I don't have the freezer space to make and freeze a months worth of meals, but we loved all the recipes we tried from this book and I loved the meal/prep plans. Checked out from my library, but I will probably buy it eventually.
Melissa
I like this so much better than other cook-and-freeze cookbooks. The recipes don't rely on creamed soups or other MSG-containing ingredients. A lot of the dishes sound so good and I can't wait to try them. I also appreciate the breakfast recipes. I will probably buy this book instead of continuing to check it out.
Shelly
Just got this book. My purpose is to create some freezer meals that I can transport to my mother's house so that there will be easy meals for them to eat as they don't feel like cooking as often these days due to health issues.

So far the recipes look very good and the tips for freezing are very helpful.
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Jan 11, 2013 Ledys added it
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I will update with a review once I have followed the plan, but the recipes look amazing and easy to prepare.
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Jessica Fisher is the creator of two popular blogs, Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats, which have established her as a go-to authority on cooking for a family cheaply, creatively, and nutritiously. She is the author of Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less as well as Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook and Best 100 Juices for Kids. She lives with her hus ...more
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