Author Aviva Goldfarb nailed her book title, "The Six O'Clock Scramble: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Dinner Recipes for Busy Families." That title practically describes our evenings. I wish I could say I planned out all of our meals and always had dinner waiting on the table at 6 o'clock (ha!). But, inevitably, I find myself standing in front of the refrigerator or the pantry around that time, wondering, "what should we make for dinner?"
I need something fast, easy, simple - recipes I can make with an infant in a sling or a toddler "helping." Goldfarb's book is organized by season (fall, winter, spring, summer) and features a year's worth of "delicious dishes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less." The recipes are divided by week, which makes for simple meal planning and grocery shopping. Most of the recipes have less than ten ingredients and all of the recipes have a little commentary at the top that describes the dish and offers ideas for corresponding sides.
I haven't tried the recipes yet, but I'm anxious to test the cobb salad, fusilli with fresh tomato sauce, orange salmon, and tortellini tossed with fresh mozzarella. At the back of the book, there are a few very helpful sections that I bet I'll refer to often - "Simple Side Dishes," "Beyond Cheerios: ideas for feeding babies and toddlers," and "School and Day-Care Snacks and Lunches."
I actually think I might use this cookbook a lot. The recipes look doable and I like the emphasis on healthful ingredients. The one downside of this cookbook is that it has no photographs (so sad). I would have liked it better if it had bold, delectable photos on glossy paper, but - still - it's a great resource that I think busy parents will appreciate.
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*UPDATE* The winner is of the cookbook is #50 Cindi and the winner of the six-month subscription is #88 Dawn Rogers. Congratulations!