Save-It-Forward Suppers: A Simple Strategy To Save Time, Money, and Sanity

Morrow. Mar. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063042704. $27.50. COOKING
Divided into 15 themed weeks, each comprising five or six dinners, this book by Kane (whom readers may recognize from her appearances on the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman) delivers her take on meal prep, where ingredients are shared across meals to minimize work—good for families looking to get on top of meal planning who are willing to learn a new style of meal prep spread throughout the week. Recipes, which often rely on canned vegetables, are written loosely so they can be scaled up or down to suit one’s family size; they’re unfussy and perfect for kids or teens, particularly those who hate leftovers, as Kane excels at transforming yesterday’s green beans into something fresh. In a bubbly and upbeat tone, Kane shares recipes for dishes in which the star is usually meat or seafood, though there are vegetable-forward weeks as well; only a few recipes are gluten-free. There are no photographs; in a vintage callback, each of the recipes is depicted in beautiful watercolor illustrations.
VERDICT Recommended for public libraries with busy home cooks.
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