BOOK REVIEW The "What's For Dinner?" Solution by Kathi Lipp

The goal of this book is to have the reader, and I quote the author:

- Plan your meals for a month, and then eat (most of) them at home.
- Get out of your cooking ruts and put all your tools to work.
- Have a kitchen that works for you.
- Have some fun along the way.

This book has so much information on how to get a meal on the table. The author, Kathi Lipp, shows what works for her but suggests ways that may work for the reader too. It starts with getting recipes and organizing them. The author gives ideas of how to organize your kitchen. She offers suggestions of how to make your kitchen more efficient and enjoyable to work in. You will learn that a well stocked pantry can be a life saver. Best of all, for me, she gives lots of good recipes.

Kathi suggests going shopping for food once a week. I personally go shopping every 4 - 6 weeks. Every week we do buy bread and milk but everything else is bought every 4 - 6 weeks. This does take careful planning - making out a menu, buying everything needed for the menu, and actually using the menu. All this is covered in the book. I set my menu up so all the vegetables that will perish by the first few weeks will be used before they are no good.

Kathi gives many ways of cooking the meals that she helped the reader get ready to make:

Freezer cooking - making many meals at once and freezing them. I did this once. It was a lot of work. It took me two days to cook a month worth of meals. The stocked freezer was well worth it.

Slow Cooker - many people forget about using theirs

Left Overs On Purpose Meals - making a meal within a meal.

Pantry Meals - everything for a meal on hand.

Fast Food At Home - quick, homemade meals.

The author stresses to be flexible. If your day isn't working out to make the meal on your menu, change the meal. Enjoy yourself as you are working on your meals. Playing music, cooking with others, or shopping at a farmers market are some ideas Kathi gives. At the end of the book there are fun and interesting questions to ask during mealtime to connect with each other.

I think this book is well written. There is so much to explain and the author made it simple and understandable. This book is definitely for the person who walks into the grocery store and decides right there what to buy for meals. If you're looking to get more organized at mealtime this is the book for you. Just remember to take baby steps, you can't do everything suggested all at once. This book isn't for a person who is already organized in the kitchen. I have done practically everything the author suggests for more than 20 years. I've found nothing that could help me be further organized. I am definitely going try many of the recipes in this book.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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