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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cookbook Review + Preview: Food52: A New Way To Dinner By Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

This is a book review and sneak preview of Food52: A New Way To Dinner - A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs that is due to be published by Ten Speed Press on 18 October 2016.

Amanda Hesser has been a food columnist and editor at the New York Times for more than a decade and has written a number of cookbooks. Merrill Stubbs is a freelance food writer and editor and runs her own catering business.  Amanda and Merrill are the co-founders of and they both live in Brooklyn with their husbands and children.

This cookbook shows you how to plan meals, food shop and cook base dishes on one day and then turn those dishes into meals for the week ahead.

This is an ideal cookbook for anyone that likes to meal plan and prepare meals ahead and be an organised home cook.

There are menus for the 4 Seasons of the year which is a good way to save money buying produce in season is less expensive and it's always fresher and better quality when in season.

There are 2 menus for each Season as well, one by Amanda and one by Merrill.

I menu plan for the week ahead but would really like to start getting more organised with my planning so that I prepare some of the dishes ahead of time to make it easier for mid week meals. This cookbook is just what I need to do this.

Whilst this is an American cookbook the ingredients look like they can be found here in Australia pretty easily.

I found the recipes very easy to follow with simple set out with instructions.

As well as recipes there are lots of tips for storing, freezing and reheating meals as well which will be necessary to do if you are cooking mostly on one day for the week ahead.

I watch a cooking show on Foxtel - Rachel Ray's Week In A Day where she shows you how to cook all your meals ahead for the week in just one day - 1 day of cooking for 5 days a eating. I'm so happy to now have a similar cookbook which has the same concept as I can refer back to the cookbook and hope it will inspire me to give this method a try.

My only gripe is that I would have loved to have this cookbook in hardcopy format as it would be much easier to follow, read and cook from than this e-book version.

I recommend this cookbook to busy people who want to meal prep and cook the bulk of their meals in one day and enjoy stress free meals during the week.

I give this book 4 stars out of  5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd give up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

Food52: A New Way To Dinner can be purchased from the authors here or Ten Speed Press - Penguin Random House

Sharing my book review on Good Reads here and Netgalley

Disclosure:  NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote authors and their books and I was given this ebook published by Ten Speed Press to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. I prefer to have hard copies of cookbooks too over e-book formats. The kids have SO many activities after school right now, I really should start making some meals ahead for mid-week. It would help SO much!!!!


    1. Yes I know exactly what you mean, so much easier to cook from when you can get your greasy cooking hands on them! This might suit you well then Carrie even if it preps just a few meals a week. Stops the temptation to eat out or get takeaway as well!


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