Have a fridge full of staples, a family of finicky mouths to feed, and only a few minutes to get something on the table? If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you'll find dinner and more in this can-do approach to mealtime. "The Busy Family's Survival Cookbook "is designed with the modern-day family in mind--too busy, with not nearly enough time to eat together--and makes delicious meals come together in a snap.Read more...
Have a fridge full of staples, a family of finicky mouths to feed, and only a few minutes to get something on the table? If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you'll find dinner and more in this can-do approach to mealtime. "The Busy Family's Survival Cookbook "is designed with the modern-day family in mind--too busy, with not nearly enough time to eat together--and makes delicious meals come together in a snap. With a focus on accessible recipes with only a few simple ingredients, this guide takes the humble pantry staple and transforms it in minutes into delicious restaurant-quality dishes.
The more-than 125 recipes are organized, not by course or time of day, but by the way people really cook: categories like pasta, vegetable dishes, salads, chicken, slow-cooking, fish, and more make the dinner dilemma easy. Try Butternut Squash and Pear Soup, Bronzino Veracruz, Baked Wild Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Chicken Enchiladas, and Meatloaf Burgers. This revolutionary approach will change the way you see dinnertime.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-03-18
- Reviewer: Staff
In her new book (written with Mary Goodbody), professional chef and mother of three Debra Ponzek aims to alleviate dinnertime anxiety for busy families by providing new, simple-to-prepare dishes that will appeal to everyone at the table. “Who wants to make the same thing week in and week out?” asks the author. “That’s what this book is all about: easy, accessible recipes you can add to your weekly rotation. That will help you survive the challenge of planning meals day after day.” Chapters are arranged by ingredient or technique. “Easy Soups and Salads” are familiar and comforting but also have flair, like spicy cucumber, avocado, and mango soup; white bean and arugula soup; and Kale salad with fennel and almonds. Dishes from “The Fish Market” chapter include elegant miso-marinated cod and sesame-orange scallops. All-time favorite crowd pleasers like the perfect roast chicken, chicken piccata, and chicken and biscuits are a few examples from the chapter. “Let’s Grill Tonight” suggests chipotle, lime, and honey grilled flank steak; grilled leg of lamb with mustard and garlic; and superstar teriyaki salmon. Other chapters include “On the Slow Side,” featuring hearty chilis and stews, as well as pork chops marinated with apple cider, Sunday pot roast, and braised short ribs to name a few. “Pasta and Beyond,” “Everybody Loves Burgers,” and the always-enjoyable “Breakfast for Dinner” round out the selections. A charming book full of fresh, inspired, and tasty recipes that is sure to shake up your family’s dinner routine. (Apr.)
If you get the dinnertime blues, there’s good news, and it’s all spelled out in The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook, Debra Ponzek’s collection of accessible recipes and tips for taking the blahs, boredom, bother and quotidian quandaries out of getting a good dinner on the table every night. Chef, caterer, owner of three shops offering company-branded prepared foods and mother of three growing kids, Ponzek knows her way around dinner and knows that we all can get stuck making the same things over and over. To shake things up, and get you out of that rut and into adding new, easy dishes to your repertoire, she offers ideas for organizing your shopping, whipping up your own sauces, salsas and pestos to make the ordinary extraordinary and adding just a few minutes of do-ahead prepping to your routine. Then you’ll find more than 125 recipes for a bevy of burgers, a savory slew of slow-cooked mains, pastas, soups, salads, new twists on chicken standards and desserts guaranteed to produce smiles and happy campers.
COOK WHAT YOU CRAVE
Sometime in the not-too-distant past Lucinda Scala Quinn, adamant advocate of the family meal, star of the Hallmark Channel’s popular show “Mad Hungry” and executive food editor of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, had an epiphany. And that epiphany led her to a new take on takeout that’s all summed up in Mad Hungry Cravings: 173 Recipes for the Food You Want to Eat Right Now. With Lucinda at your side, you can cook what you crave at home; it will be tastier, healthier and much less expensive, and you’ll have the added joy of sitting and savoring at your own table with family and friends. Now, when that unyielding yen for a Philly Cheesesteak, Shrimp Summer Rolls, Beef Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce, Chicken Tikka Masala, Cheese Tamales with Roasted Salsa Verde or Tiramisu comes over you, just turn to your well-stocked larder (instructions included on setting up four basic pantries—American, Asian, Mediterranean and Latin), turn on the stove and get to it. You’ll be able to cook up anything you hanker for.
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A restaurant staff, like an army, marches on its stomach (pace Napoleon). Well-fed workers, from exalted chef to newbie busperson, are happier and more productive if they take a break to break bread with the whole staff at the “family meal” they’re served before they serve you. For Danny Meyer, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes many of New York City’s most admired restaurants, and Michael Romano, his partner and culinary director of the group, these meals are essential to their philosophy of “enlightened hospitality.” Now Romano and food writer Karen Stabiner have collected more than 150 easy, affordable recipes, peppered with behind-the-scenes stories in Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home. They range from staffers’ personal family favorites (marinated, oven-roasted Dominican Chicken) and innovations inspired by available ingredients (Caramelized Corn with Smoked Paprika) to “reconsidered classics” with innovative tweaks (Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Ricotta). With good header notes and more-than-thorough instructions, these dishes will bring pizzazz and new pleasures to your own family table.