Lots of great recipes - if I ever find myself with enough time to make more from scratch and start canning, I will definitely be turning to this book.Lots of great recipes - if I ever find myself with enough time to make more from scratch and start canning, I will definitely be turning to this book. For now, I've picked out a few to try, and hopefully I'll build my way up :)...more
The format of this book is great. As Hirsch says in his own introduction, it's very take-it-or-leave-it, and meant to be inspiration. Although most ofThe format of this book is great. As Hirsch says in his own introduction, it's very take-it-or-leave-it, and meant to be inspiration. Although most of the recipes (or non-recipes) weren't my taste, there were a few gems that gave me new ideas for packed lunches. Disclaimer - I don't have kids, so can't really testify to how kid-friendly these ideas are, but I pack lunch for myself and often for my SO, and I'm always looking for new ideas. My favorites - make a grilled cheese, let it cool and cut it up into cubes, and use it for amazing croutons (yup, mind=blown), and leftover beef stew empenadas instead of just plain leftover stew in tupperware (you could probably do this with a lot of things - chili, chicken pot pie filling, really any stew or even thick soup...)
Hirsch supplies not just lunch inspiration, but includes a bunch of dinner recipes that make enough to feed a family of four and have some leftovers. On the opposing page, he gives two creative ways to use those leftovers for lunch the next day, which I thought was a great idea. Even though I wouldn't make, says, the pork tenderloin recipe he gives, I do have my own stand-by and now some ideas to use the leftovers in new and creative ways. The index at the end is also super handy.
Overall, even though I wouldn't use a lot of the suggestions he gives as purely a matter of taste and food preference, I still came away inspired.
*Disclaimer: Received an advanced copy from the publisher as a first-reads giveaway....more
I would love to use my slow cooker more, especially during the week. I only seem to use it in the winter though, to make beef stew or a pot roast on aI would love to use my slow cooker more, especially during the week. I only seem to use it in the winter though, to make beef stew or a pot roast on a lazy Sunday - but when I go looking for recipe inspiration, online or in cookbooks, I can never seem to find any good ones. The recipes are either too complicated to be do-able in the morning before work, or I have a recipe for a non-slow-cooker version that works just fine and has the same amount of prep.
This cookbook, though, has some great ones! I have a whole bunch bookmarked - so many of them are super simple, and there are no sodium-filled cream-of-something soups in the ingredients lists here as there seem to be in many slow cooker recipes. I also like that their are several versions of some dishes - I noticed multiple recipes for pot roasts, briskets, tacos/enchiladas, ribs, and others - so if one doesn't suit your tastes you're likely to find another that will. There's nothing more disappointing than opening up a cookbook that promises all sorts of great recipes, only to find there aren't any that appeal to you, or that use ingredients that you aren't even sure you can find at your grocery store (or you that will use for this one recipe and never again), or just look like way too much work. There's nothing fancy here, but I'm looking forward to trying some of these soon!
*Received as an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley...more