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Love Your Leftovers: Through Savvy Meal Planning Turn Classic Main Dishes into More than 100 Delicious Recipes

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Nick Evans runs the popular food blog macheesmo.com, and he came up with a simple yet effective concept for everyday cooking: Create one foundation dish, in decent quantity, when you have the time--perhaps on a lazy Sunday afternoon--and then repurpose it to make other delicious dishes throughout the week. Cooking this way saves time and money and allows busy people to eat ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Lyons Press
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Stefanie
I really enjoyed this one! I got from library and am going to get my own copy. Evans has given the family cook a well thought out and organized resource for meal planning and creative cooking. 14 chapters focus on one core ingredient... like roast chicken ... shares how to make bulk so that you have plenty for the variety of recipes using the chicken for the week too come. Mix and match proteins and starches gives you weeks of efficient homemade meals. Additional chapters overview kitchen and gr ...more
Trace
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this cookbook and the way it was organized. It takes a main ingredient that you can building your meal around (ie roast chicken) - provides a recipe for the main meal and then gives you multiple recipes for subsequent leftover meals.
I will be borrowing this again from the library after my move - I love it that much!
Sissy
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a gift and though it really expanded the way I think about shopping and cooking for home.
Fullfaun Faun
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
there are so many good recipes in this book.
Andrea James
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I really liked the concept of the book and I thought the author came across well on his blog (I only chanced upon it very recently) and decided to get the book.

There are a number of recipes that just feel like too much effort even though part of the dish is made from leftovers or they just feel too unhealthy for my tastes. It's worth noting that the two usually coincided for me because I find deep frying both "too much effort" and too unhealthy for home cooking. I do like to have triple cooked c
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Leshia Roberts Chandler
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very happy to receive this book in the giveaway and could not wait to sit down with it as soon as it came in the mail. We are a family of four and I am a stay at home mom and we have a very busy schedule. I cook from scratch and seldom eat out due to my son and I having a strange allergy to olives and olive oils. I needed to be a little more creative with our regular flexitarian diet. This book has helped in just one week!
This may sound silly but I am so thankful that the author ( and his
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Sara
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
If someone is moving into their first apartment and needs one all-purpose cookbook, I can almost guarantee this is the cookbook you should get them.
Not super useful for me, but I'm not going to ding it for that. I run a weird kitchen.

The title is a little misleading, actually. It's not so much about leftovers per se, it's about cooking smart so you can cook one base dish which can be used in a myriad different ways.

It runs through, at a very good info level (succinct, but not too succinct), how
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Heather
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was very pleased when I received this book in the giveaway. I instantly was drawn to the book due to the delicious looking pictures. But once I started reading the book more thoroughly I found the information to be interesting. I have only been seriously cooking for a couple of years so this book not only provides great recipes and how to use the leftovers that are bound to happen, it also provides information on cooking techniques and terminology. My mother in law is already asking when she c ...more
Kate
Feb 04, 2017 added it
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Although I didn't try any of the recipes before the book was due back at the library, Nick Evans had an excellent set of suggestions about organizing your meal plans, and the kinds of essentials to have in your pantry to create a range of distinct dishes with the same base ingredients. ...more
Terri  Shortell
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Terri by: won
All the recipes sound so good you'll have difficulty deciding where to start. It is easy to read and follow. The pictures for the recipes are beautiful. The ingredients needed are common and easy to find. Probably have most or all of them in your pantry. Absolutely love this book and highly recommend. It's nice to have a cookbook author who doesn't try to dazzle you with terms regular cooks might not know. This book was written with home cooks in mind and is useful to even the novice cook. Enjoy ...more
Amy
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a great book for anyone. I love everything about it. I am one of those crazy people that love to read cook books just like regular a regular book, then I will make the recipes in the book. The way he has the chapters setup by ingredient not course was brilliant. It made if a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed his humor and tips threw out the book. I will be using this book often. I am so very happy that I won this in a giveaway.
Bunny
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, read-in-14
I really like the format of this book. Each chapter starts with a recipe for making your future leftover (chicken, potatoes, rice, flank steak), then follows up with follow-up recipes. And the ideas actually sound REALLY good. I finally have a use for the rice noodles and fish sauce I've been itching to cook with.

Though some of the chapters feel wasted to me. Lentils? Tofu? Do people really have leftovers of that in abundance?
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Shannon
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Some chapters are more valuable to me and my family (potatoes, chicken) than others (lentils, tofu). This reads more like a book than a cookbook in places, which is nice for context. Less structured than Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead. ...more
Jessica
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks-2014
I wasn't as impressed with this book, although I did like how it was laid out. The author takes one ingredient for each chapter and shows multiple ways that ingredient could be used in many dishes throughout a week. I just didn't find very many recipes I wanted to try, but I did appreciate that he talks about making your own stock with leftover bones, which I've started doing and it's much easier than I thought it would be. Overall, it was OK. ...more
Karen Spencer
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not perfect

I really liked most of the recipes and the idea is a really good one. However, I'm not going to go out and buy a food processor or Dutch oven just to make these recipes.
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Denise Altman
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really like how the author categorizes the recipes. Mostly useful recipes for the average (busy) person. Most of these types of cookbooks are written by someone who appears to be aiming to catch a food network exec. The are for real people who are at least basic competent cooks
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My name is Nick Evans and I write and manage Macheesmo. I’m 25 34 and I have a “normal” day job. When I’m not working, I love to cook and love everything food related, but I have no formal training. That said, I experiment with all types of cooking and love trying new stuff.

I live in Denver, CO with my wife and official taste-tester, Betsy, our little dude, Theo, our little girl, Darby, our dog, P
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