Book & Cover Review of "Don't Panic – Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family"

Great meals for your busy family!

We’re all busy, but that doesn’t mean we have to eat like we are. You don’t have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are easy with delicious recipes like

  • Southwestern Baked Cheese Dip
  • Thai Chicken Wraps
  • Walnut Spinach Salad
  • Homestyle Mac & Cheese
  • Slow Cooker Pork Chops
  • Oven Roasted Orange Chicken
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches
  • Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
  • Fruit Pizza
  • Mexican Chocolate Mousse
  • and many more

From quick meals made on the grill or in the sautО pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you’re out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty and nutritious–and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts; one-dish casseroles and pastas; simple soups, salads, and side dishes; and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

Give your family the best–the easy way!

Book Written by: Bonnie Garcia and Vanda Howell and
Susie Martinez

Book Review

The above text was provided by Revell . . . and boy did it capture how I feel about cooking meals for my family. I don’t feel I have the same amount of time to cook the home-made meals my mom or grandma used to make. Year after year the external obligations on my time grow and grow. I haven’t had the opportunity to try more than two of the recipes in this book yet, but the two I did try were pretty tasty. We tried ‘Jack’s Sausage and Vegetable Fettuccine’ on page 103 and then Shirley’s Mini Meatloaves on page 148. My husband especially loved this one as I still have a mini loaf in the freezer for later! The one thing I would change next time I make it is to use a food processor to chop up the green peppers and onions to get them smaller than I was able to by hand. (It would also be faster!)
Overall, this is a nice cookbook for busy moms because it contains a variety of time-saver recipe options. Some recipes are just easy. Some recipes might not be easy, but makes extra to freeze (which is nice and easy later). And some you ready for the crock-pot so that you can eat it quickly later (possibly when you return home from a ballgame or scout meeting – for instance.)
Not every mom loves crock-pots, or freezing … though most of us love quick, so there is a little something in here for everyone – with a lot of kid-friendly options.

*Available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Book Cover Review

This is an attractive cover, with an appealing meal on the front, however, I’m not sure it will attract the target audience at first glance. The meal chosen for the cover doesn’t scream ‘easy’ though it may in fact be delicious. Also, though warm and inviting colors have been used, I don’t know that at first glance I would pick this cookbook out as a family-friendly cookbook. If you take the time to read the headline you might – but at a quick glance it just looks like another gourmet meal cookbook – like any other on the shelf. Though this cover is nice, the title is a little long … and if they could have incorporated some element into the photo that suggested it was meals for busy families I think it would be more effective. This could be as simple as having a complex schedule/calendar on the wall or refrigerator behind the kitchen table, or a kid wearing a ball cap sitting next to a girl wearing a dance uniform at the kitchen table It’s just missing that one element that would suggest family, and lots of activities and/or lack of time. They’ve got the warm, inviting and delicious down!

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