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The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution: Elevate Your Everyday Meals with 61 Freezer-Friendly Sauces

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  51 reviews
From chimichurri to teriyaki, sauces make our mouths water — and our meals shine! Bland chicken breasts, plain pasta, or simple baked potatoes are transformed into memorable dishes with the addition of sauce.

The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution features 61 flavor-packed recipes for sauces that freeze beautifully and make home cooking easy. They run the gamut from traditional saus
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 14th 2018 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Randal White
An excellent creation for those of us who, at the end of a long day, wondering what will we make the family for dinner! Bailey provides instructions for 61 "sauces" that can me pre-made, frozen, and then combined with pasta, rice, potatoes, meats, seafood or tofu. Simply thaw the sauce, combine, and serve!
The author begins with instructions on how to prepare and freeze the sauces. She gives easily understood, yet thorough directions.
She then breaks the book down into different types of sauces.
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Evelyn
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never seen any cookbook quite like this, and I think it's fantastic. First, there's an introductory section with information on how to best cook the foods that can be enhanced by these sauces, including pasta, potatoes, rice, tofu, chicken, pork, seafood, and beef, and how the sauces can be used, when appropriate, as a sandwich spread or even as a soup base. There is also clearly written and helpfully photographed information on how to freeze the sauces. Then the recipes begin, organized by ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Answering the daily question, "What's for supper?" can often feel daunting and frustrating for busy people. Elisabeth Bailey's cookbook helps to make weeknight suppers run smoother and inspire families' taste buds so home cooks will get kudos and requests for second helpings rolling in.

Home cooks simply choose from the list of base ingredients (meats, tofu, veggies, rice, pasta …) and pair it with one of Bailey's 'flavour bomb' sauces which can be prepared and frozen ahead of time to make many d
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Taryn
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This a wonderful compilation of sauces that most people eat on a day to day basis. Each sauce can transform any plain old everyday dish into something more by adding more substance. The recipes were easy to follow with instructions that anyone should be able to understand. I love a good a sauce and had a fun time preparing a sampling from this cookbook. Salsa is a favorite along with anything influenced by Italian or Asian flavors. Each recipe I tried turned out well and provided me with new rec ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Practically a new sauce for every day of the year (or close to it). I couldn't believe the combinations. Interesting, informative, and so great photos.
JustHB
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the type of book that I love to read, lovingly turning over the pages, drinking up the photos and being inspired by the recipes. I don't know why it took so long for this book to be written, but it is what I have been waiting for. No more boring steamed salmon and vegetables. There is now no excuse for boring mid-week meals.
Kristen
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As a busy mum with three kids I am always on the look out for some new easy recipes for evening meals that are quick yet healthy, So I was excited to try Elizabeth Baileys The Make Ahead Sauce Solution.


The book is beautifully presented and there are plenty of photos throughout. Each recipe is clear and easy to understand and there are plenty of tips along the way. Its all very easy to follow. I would say it is on the basic side, so ideal for beginners or those seeking a simple approach to cookin
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Alicia Bayer
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While there were a few things that about this book that didn't work well for our family, it was a fun and novel book in enough areas to highly recommend it.

The author presents recipes in chapters according to regions and tastes -- Americas, Asian, cheese and wine, pestos and Mediterranean. The basic idea is to make up the sauces, put them in freezer bags, and have them on hand to jazz up your meat, rice, potatoes, seafood or pasta (or dilute them and make them into soup). Most of the suggested p
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Cynthia Corral
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Get ready: Sauce cooking is going to be the new Bacon cooking (but healthier).

The Whole30 diet and others like it are becoming very popular. I’ve just completed my second successful Whole30 in six months, and I know that the first key is to pre-make several recipes over the weekend. The second key that I discovered on my own is to have several different homemade sauces available. I mostly worked with three: chimichurri, pesto and roasted red pepper (all from Whole30 recipes), but I was constant
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Penmouse
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution by Elisabeth Bailey is a fabulous cookbook as the author has presented a smart solution on how to fix meals on the fly. The author starts off her cookbook by writing about the magic of sauces, how to prepare them, and how to freeze them for later use. She includes an explanation of how to pour the sauces into freezer storage bags (which she recommends using to save freezer space) so the process is a simple one. There are photos illustrating this procedure.

Each sauc
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Janet
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher ---

From chimichurri to teriyaki, sauces make our mouths water — and our meals shine! Bland chicken breast, plain pasta, or a simple baked potato are transformed into memorable dishes with the addition of sauce.
The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution features 61 flavour-packed recipes for sauces that freeze beautifully and make home cooking easy. They run the gamut from traditional sa
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Guylou
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have a four-hour commute to work every day and attempt to cook a healthy meal every weeknight even if I have very little time to do it. This is not an easy task and often I fail because most delicious healthy meals take time to prepare. The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution book is a life-saver and offers so many delicious sauces which can be prepared in advance (like on the weekend) and freeze until usage. It also offers great advice on cooking different bases such as chicken, pasta, tofu, etc. The S ...more
MadRead
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really handy book to have, and is one I will look to get in paper copy for myself. It is really well structured at the beginning and clearly explains the concept of the book. I like how Elisabeth Bailey gives some ideas for simple bases and vegetables that can be cooked to go with the sauces, otherwise you are free to combine your own plate as you wish. There are really good freezing tips and guides at the beginning which I found very helpful in making the most out of the book, which i ...more
Mari's Struggle is Real
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delicious and Time Saving.

I get home rather late and I don't have a lot of time to prepare and a time-consuming meal that I'll wolf down before taking a quick shower and going to sleep. these recipes are simple and easy to make, also has easy to find ingredients that I use often.

My favorite recipe is the chipotle sauce, the bacon gravy, and the BBQ sauce. I made these three the most with a variety of bases like chicken and shrimp, also added some extra things to it like some asparagus and mush
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Amy
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution" is a great addition to meal planning and prep routines to help get tasty meals on the table on busy nights. No matter your cooking comfort, there are sauces in here to allow anyone to develop a simple meal using whatever your preferred protein or starch canvas and travel the world via your plate.

Several sauces are in queue for me to make & incorporate into my meal planning: Chorizo Garlic; Pumpkin Coconut Cream; Teriyaki Spinach; Coconut Lemon; Curried Spinach
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Literary Soirée
Sauces are the crown jewels of meals, and “The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution” by Elisabeth Bailey helps you royally elevate your entrees through 61 super delicious recipes for sauces you can freeze now for easy home cooking later. Includes an array of choices, from traditional sausage ragu to Thai peanut, gorgonzola chive butter, all-American barbecue, coconut lemon, parmesan leek, cheesy cashew garlic, and Meyer lemon spinach. Each recipe has a quick-reference chart showing an assortment of creativ ...more
Dixie Diamond
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010s, cookbooks, my_books
I have not tried this. I’m not a big sauce person but I have no reason to think these won’t be good. The recipes seem very accessible even to meh cooks like I am.

I agree with whoever already posted that it would have been nice to see more vegetarian suggestions. There are always some for meats and starches but little mention of how to alter them to dress salads or use them in meals with plant, dairy, or egg proteins. A few of the Asian-style ones mention tofu, at least.

The sauces don’t keep all
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Justin
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

This book is organized by country/style of cooking.
There are dozens of recipes in this book (as evidenced in the subtitle which escaped my consciousness prior to review), many of them interesting surprises. Most of the recipes didn't particularly grab me, but I saw no glaring flaw and imagine others may like them. I suppose my let down was that I was expecting more of a book on how to create your own sauces from the different bases
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Kristine
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution by Elisabeth Bailey is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-October.

Recipes for regional sauces (American, Asian, Mediterranean), then cheese and/or wine sauces, pestos, and salsas. Aha, cooling it in the fridge before freezing it to avoid those measley ice crystals - that’s a giant help to the cooking I do at home, actually, along with all the peripheral cooking instructions and variations/adaptations offering for each kind of sauce. My favorite recipes includ
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Lindsay
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book to read. I really enjoyed this book. The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow and I love the serving suggestions for what to use each sauce for. I also learnt some useful tips about freezing sauces which will be invaluable. I am looking forward to trying out the pumpkin coconut cream recipe as that looks amazing. It’s a US book but there is an easy conversion chart in the back. This is a great book to keep in the kitchen and ...more
Camille
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was such a clever idea to be able to make quick but tasty meals, especially during the week when there isn't much time or we're all too tired. I really like the guide on what you can cook with each sauce and how to freeze everything. There is a huge variety of sauces for every taste and diet, so you're bound to find something you like.

It's perfect for me and I think it will become one of my staple cooking books!

Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing LLC for providing me with
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Jo
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! So many sauces. This is a great little book if you are new to batch cooking sauces. It starts with a section on all you need to know about make ahead sauces, Then teaches you how to make your base ingredients and then you get your recipes. The recipes are split into sections and look amazing. The layout of the book is simply but elegant and the photos make the sauces and food look delicious.
The book even has some added extras of flavoured butter and salt recipes, a dinner menu and conversi
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Jo
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#TheMake-aheadSauceSolution #NetGalley

The book can be used for any type of cooker. The book contains supportive illustrations and step by step instructions to create delicious and simple sauce. Also, the author provide the suggestions and ratio of ingredients needed to use in different scenarios like soup, grill and others. yummy ways.
Polly Krize
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A very welcome book with so many ideas for creative sauces to liven up your meal prep. These are good for the freezer too, so can be prepared in advance. Valuable.
Cheryl Sanders
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this cookbook! The amount of different types of sauces is tremendous. The pictures show the beauty of the finished products and the recipes are easy to make. The ingredients are also easily acquired. I can’t wait to make some of them.
InformationSuperhero
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for anyone in a cooking rut. Punch up meals with make ahead recipes of simple ingredients with little time and effort. Great ideas for meal planning or busy days on the go.
Clemmie Jackson
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found three sauces I want try, they look simple to make.
Farien
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of cookbooks. Few are as unique as this one.
Abigail
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one the most useful cookbooks I've gotten from NetGalley.  Bailey gives us 61 different sauce recipes, from Thai sauces, to South American and of course Italian. Each sauce sounded so good, and throughout the time that I had the ARC I made probably four of the recipes. Each turned out really good and I would make them again, as well as buy this book. 

What I loved about the book was the simplicity that went so far. There's only 61 recipes, but Bailey has at least half a dozen differe
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Ailyn
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make- Ahead Sauce is a great recipe book. It features a lot of different sauces, and how to use them with cooking. I like the variety and the freezing part of the book. This is definitely a book for busy people who likes to have healthy food but hates it bland.
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