Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: The Family Dinner Cookbook Recipes and Inspiration for Quality Time Together by Compiled by Barbour Staff


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Enhance your quality “together” time with The Family Dinner Cookbook. . .featuring loads of easy-to-prepare, delicious dishes plus prayers and inspiration. Approximately 300 hand-picked recipes for simple meals, desserts, no-bake dishes, and more will delight the taste buds of even the choosiest eaters in your family; and a generous offering of smart, fun, creative tips and ideas will inspire you to spend quality time together with your loved ones.
MY TAKE:
A lot of cookbooks promise easy recipes but they're not always as quick and simple as they seem to be.

In The Family Dinner Cookbook Recipes and Inspiration for Quality Time Together, readers get easy-to-prepare dishes, some of which can be done by children. There are also quote, Bible verses, and suggestions for theme nights.

One thing I like about this book is that the recipes really are easy. There are sandwiches and no-bake desserts, so of course, those are pretty easy to prepare. However, I appreciated the couple of recipes that made use of microwaves, since I don't really have a lot of time to cook. I tried the omelet in a mug recipe since it seemed really simple and I had the ingredients on hand. It turns out, though, that we were out of cheese so I had to make do without it. The resulting omelet was pretty bland, but it was fluffy and firm enough. I think the shredded cheese would have definitely made this taste great.

I also liked that the recipes use ingredients like canned soup, frozen vegetables, and mixes. I know that fresh stuff always tastes better, but when you're really busy, these will do in a pinch. The kids' recipes are pretty simple and easy to, with some of them being more of an assembly thing than a cooking thing.

There's also a conversion table, which was pretty handy and informative, although I did wonder what it was doing in the middle of the book.

The graphics and layout are eye-catching and fun. The Bible quotes and other quotes were a nice touch, but they don't always relate to food, so adding some of them felt like a little bit of a stretch.

Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The recipes are easy to follow.
  2. The food looks delicious.
  3. It's something the whole family can enjoy. 

THE BAD:

  1. The cooking connection of some of the quotes feels a little forced. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
If your soup has been oversalted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the pot.
READ IT IF:

  1. You're looking for recipes you can prepare quickly.
  2. You're looking for recipes you can do with your kids.
  3. You like cookbooks that have quotes in them. 

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