Week in A Day

Week in A Day

5 Dishes, 1 Day

Book - 2013 | 1st Atria Pbk. ed. --
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Wondering what to make for dinner tonight-and for the rest of the week? Here's an easy way to prepare a week's worth of meals, for yourself or the whole family, in just one day.

Relax with a tasty meal after a busy day. Enjoy your evenings around the dinner table with your friends and family. Sound too good to be true? Not if you plan your Week in a Day. Rachael Ray's Week in a Day , the companion book to her hit cooking show of the same name, offers more than two hundred recipes that will help you prepare five nights' worth of meals in a single day. The woman who taught America how to make a meal in 30 minutes is sharing more of her practical and easy tips that will have you eating well for days to come!

Each week features its own theme, including From a Taco to Morocco, A Chicken in Every Pot, and Stew on This, allowing your taste buds to travel around the world with dishes such as Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Enchiladas, Argentine Chili with Chimichurri, and Zinfully Delicious Short Ribs.

In addition, Rachael shows you how to fit all the groceries you need for three fabulous meals into a single bag with her special section, 1 Grocery Bag, 3 Meals. And you can enjoy bonus content and extra recipes for side dishes by scanning the QR codes displayed throughout. When the weekend rolls around, this book has everything you need to get ready for your Week in a Day. Come Monday night, you'll be glad you did!
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Paperback, 2013.
Edition: 1st Atria Pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781451659757
Characteristics: x, 358 p. : col. ill. --
Additional Contributors: Janisch, Frances


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Mar 02, 2015

My family rather enjoys my cooking, but has a few criticisms: my budget is too large and it takes too much time. I really need to learn to prepare several meals at once, ahead of time, say on the weekend before the week. This is something Rachael Ray claims not only can be done but she does for her busy life. I figured this was I book I could learn from and would become a regular cookbook.

Not so: (1) Ray provides very little guidance on how to learn to create your own plan, but forces you to rely on her guide/plan for your week; (2) her plan is for 5 meals, including the meal you are to serve on prep day, therefore - if prep day is Sunday - you are cooking Friday night; (3) I question if these recipes will provide any leftovers for lunches, though this is dependent on family size; (4) there is no nutritional information for you to incorporate recipes into another diet/plan, e.g. I have no carbohydrate information to help me planning for the diabetics in my family; and (5) there are few pictures for guidance or to tantalize you into making a recipe.

Some people may be perfectly fine with with using her plan, not wanting to plan their own (hey, we all need a break sometimes). Despite my issues, there are a lot of positives for this book: (1) her weeks are organized into themes, which can be fun and reflect a certain taste, making the selection of week much simpler; (2) while there are disagreements as to what is average, the recipes are - I feel - made with popular ingredients and a lot of repeats, which makes the recipes cheaper, easy to source, and more popular with your family; (3) the recipes are a good balance of family favourites and more interesting food; (4) recipes are fairly consistently the same number of servings for your family, to simplify planning; and (5) throughout the book, there are Q-codes to scan for a little extra information or a video with more detailed instruction if you feel the instructions are not enough.

So I am displeased as it did not meet my purposes. However, I can concede that this cookbook has the potential to help others in simplifying their cooking schedule. It is not my favourite but I am keeping it for the future - the weeks I need someone to plan it for me.

NB: I did not borrow this book from the library, but bought it. This review is from my GoodReads account.

unclevinnie Dec 09, 2013


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