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Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Whether moms have picky or adventurous eaters and whether they love to cook or just endure it, getting dinner on the table weeknight after weeknight is enough to make a mom throw in the towel. It's a grind that wore down former Cookie magazine editors, Pilar Guzmn, Jenny Rosentrach, and Alanna Stanguntil they made it their mission to figure out all the ways they could recl ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Chronicle Books
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Beth Bender
I'm not their audience (especially since I'm a SAHM with more time to plan and cook) but so far I really love this book. The systematic approach to constructing meals and stocking the pantry appeals to the uber domestic geek side of me.

I also very much appreciate the options given to accommodate different tastes within the family without turning the preparer into a short order cook. My kids aren't super picky eaters and I don't see anything wrong with accommodating their tastes *within reason*.
I'm not one who sits & reads through cookbooks. I like this one's ease of use, pictures throughout, simple layout. It truly is a visual cooking toolkit. It is not cluttered page after page with lots of endless wordy recipes. You can skim through it & find what you need pictorially. Recipes are simple, quick,& something you would actually cook using minimal ingredients & the family eats, which is a hugely desired combo in my house. Really, who couldn't love an omnivore family cook ...more
I like the graphic qualities and layout but I'm not really their audience - I feel comfortable improvising and my god, the meat - I felt really overwhelmed by meat - can we work on making family dinner plans a little less meat-centric? It's special occasion/feast material, people. Also, it's not their fault but I kinda hate it when recipes include dumbed down versions for kids. I'm going to be all smug-bastard now and say my kid eats what we eat - no variations, except we sometimes add extra chi ...more
I loved this cookbook, with a few caveats.

1. It was most enjoyable for me when I remembered the subtitle: "Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week." It's the strategies and inspiration part that is key to remember as you read this cookbook. Not everything in this book is intended to be a step-by-step, even remotely complex recipe. I'd say about half of the pages in here are just general inspiration for getting dinner on the table. Remembering that it's just
I rate this book mostly for inspiration. I prepared the smoked salmon soup, which was simple and good. Most of the recipes are very short and simple and aimed at weeknight family meals. One of the most inspiring components of this cookbook is the section on how to use the leftovers. Although I did not try any of those recipes, I recalled those sections while shopping and PLANNED what to use the leftover roast beef for or the extra sauce.
This book was OK - you're either going to love or hate some of their plans (like cooking big on Sunday and using the leftovers till Wednesday; picking an ingredient then choosing one of three meals based on what you have, etc). I'm not a particular fan of either of those, since they don't work with the time I have or the way I shop. But the straightforward recipes here are good, and kid-friendly. The adaptations for kids aren't anything radical - generally just leaving out an ingredient or two, ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Deb marked it as to-read
Recommended by Briana as a good resource for family meals.
This is not going to be a "go-to" cookbook for me, but I feel it met its goal for its intended audience. The recipes in the cookbook are pretty standard fare. It didn't inspire me to open it up and try some new dishes. However, what it is intended to do is provide some easy to follow recipes with easy to find ingredients so that dinnertime is as stress-free as possible for busy families. When looked at it from that perspective, I think it does a fine job.
I love this book. I was going to buy it for my sister for Christmas but I decided to wait until I had read / used it myself. I am a big fan of Jenny Rosenstrach's website
I am loving this cookbook so far. I used to love the recipes in Cookie magazine and how they would chose one ingredient and show you three or so recipes with that ingredient. We've made almost half of the recipes already and there are only a few we didn't like. They are simple recipes that can be made pretty fast.
Gina Enk
I've used several of these recipes and plan to try more. A good resource for a home cook who is looking to spice up the family's dinner routine. I get tired of thinking about cooking the same recipes over and over. This gives me needed inspiration!
Some good tips and tricks but the recipes are just OK. A good read from the library for dinner strategies!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook...favorite I've come across for busy parents
Great simple recipes. Not as healthy as I'd like, but simple!
Good ideas for busy parents; nothing that appealed to me.
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