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I wanted to do a book review of Time for Dinner but find I am unable to do so unbiased. This cookbook is not for me. I am not a mom and I am not looking for ways to make quick dinners for my children. As a result, I thought I would do a spontaneous giveaway for this book. Usually I plan ahead and let my newsletter subscribers know ahead of time but just decided to do the giveaway this morning. I also found out that I won $500 in cookbooks from Rainforest Books so I sharing feels right today!
It is not very often I let go of a cookbook but it is clear that this book is meant solely for moms and so I am not its demographic. Still, let me rant for a second OK? First, why is a “family” cookbook assume that it will be the woman cooking? “It takes into account that some days, you feel like Supermom…” That bugs me. When referring to your pantry it points out that you need to have baking mixes because “You only make others moms feel bad when you bake the classroom cupcakes from scratch…” As a result of this attitude, you will find no baking from scratch recipe ideas. So not my style.
The layout is not traditional which is not necessarily a bad thing. I do love the use of all the photos which I found helpful but the book obviously assumes you know how to make basic meals already and is there to show you how to throw together some stuff and make a meal. It is so bare bones that the new cook would probably find this book frustrating. For those comfortable in the kitchen but needing quick ideas for dinner? It would be perfect but man, that is not how I like to make food at all.
I did make one recipe from the page dedicated to lentils. It was a lentil and sweet potato soup. You saute 1 peeled cubed sweet potato with chopped onion and a stalk of celery in olive oil in a large stockpot for 5 minutes. Then add a tsp of cumin and coriander to the pot. If you want, you can also add chopped red bell pepper.
You are supposed to stir in 1 cup of dry lentils and four cups of chicken broth. I had canned lentils which I rinsed and strained, so I only added 2 cups of chicken stock. I brought to a boil and simmered for 30 minutes. Then I stirred in some spinach until it wilted.
The soup was OK, pretty mediocre, nothing special. Very earthy with some good flavour but pretty forgettable. I give it an unenthusiastic three out of five wooden spoons.
I will refrain from giving the book a rating. I am sure there are moms (and dads) out there who would love it but for a non-Mom it really does not work and is even a little annoying. I also loathe books that are geared to families that assume you have children. My husband and I are a family, thank you very much. We certainly do not need a “babysitter in a box”.
So, if you are interested, just leave a comment saying, “I’m in!” to win with contact info. I really do want to give this book a good home.