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30 minutes is a bit optimistic. Understand that there is no magic spell that can prepare fresh food as fast and easy as a frozen dinner, so plan more like an hour. But then the meal is always better. Not a bad starting point if you don't already have an assortment of simple recipes.
Though I like this book, and it is well written, many of the recipes are not cheap to make. I know this depends on the area where you live so maybe I live in an area which charges more for groceries. Will not use this book at all.
This is a pretty reasonable cookbook. I was interested in it because of the "30 minutes or less" title because I often find myself spending more time than that with meals. In going through the cookbook though I found she mostly saved time by using canned or packaged products to assemble a meal rather than fresh. I vastly prefer using fresh veggies and meats, even if I have to spend a lot of time chopping things to do so. I'm that crazy fool that actually takes hours to make their own chicken stock. So, in the end, this cookbook isn't much use to me, but that's because of my personal preferences. If you don't mind using canned or packaged products to assemble a quicker meal this is actually a pretty good guide. Bon appetit!
3.0 out of 5 starsonly one sounded particularly good to me
Reviewed in the United States on 22 December 2015
Not really for me. Of all the recipes, only one sounded particularly good to me, the homemade pizza. It' sort of a quasi casserole. The 11 year old I made it for said, "I hate this," and refused to eat it. Maybe I'm just a bad cook.