Years ago I used to semi-watch Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller on Food Network. On the show she used to have recipes that included preparing food for the week by bagging them and having them already prepared and ready to go to allow for faster cooking time, and changing it to another meal/dish with the main ingredient. I always thought it was cool to recreate dishes like that.
In Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead, authors Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs take on home-cooked meals to recreate new dishes. The cookbook is divided into seasons, with each author contributing to 2 weeks worth of meals (5 dinners).
I really like how the book is laid out. At the start of the week, there are the dinners planned and then what’s left over for brown bag lunches. There is a list of prep work to do over the weekend and a grocery list. The photographs are very home-y and soothing looking. There are helpful notes for each recipe as well.
While I think cooking like this is essential for busy families, I think one of the bigger challenges of this book is the cost of ingredients to make the meals. If you’re on a budget, or your supermarket is more limited in food availability, this book is better to be used as a model or to inspire you to pursue ingredients that are more accessible.
Otherwise, this is a beautiful book with tasty recipes that I look forward to making some of these dishes.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.