The angle: Ten dinner dilemmas, from "I have zero time!" to "I'm not a short-order cook!" solved in ten corresponding chapters — recipes and tips for every situation.
Recipes for right now: Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Salsa Verde, Cake Pan Enchiladas, Curried Carrots and Lentils, Garlic Fries, Peanutty Stir-Fry, Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken, Lemony Chicken Soup with Rice
Who would enjoy this book? Parents with kids of any age; students on a budget
• Who wrote it: Sally Kuzemchak
• Who published it: Oxmoor House (Cooking Light)
• Number of recipes: Around 150
• Other highlights: This cookbook feels so incredibly practical! There are 10 chapters, each focused on helping you through a different dinnertime dilemma. These are common refrains that Sally Kuzemchak hears both in her work as a dietician and in her work as a mom. You'll probably recognize them too: "I have zero time!" "I can barely boil water!" "I can't afford healthy food!" and so on. Every chapter spends some time addressing the constraints of the dilemma, helping you plan and problem-solve, and then giving you plenty of recipes that fit the bill.
Even though the book is definitely geared toward couples with kids, the recipes — and the scenarios that prompt them — can be applied to anyone who identifies as "busy" or "budget-minded." While there are a lot of kid-friendly foods (though let's be honest, that really just translates into comfort food for adults), there are also plenty of meals that will more than satisfy a grown-up palate.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Dinnertime Survival Guide by Sally Kuzemchak
• Visit the author's website: Sally Kuzemchak
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