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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Simply Suppers (Book Review)

Simply SuppersA few weeks ago, I had the opportunity (thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson) to give away three copies of Simply Suppers by Jennifer Chandler.  Now I have the chance to review the book, so I can tell you more about it!

The subtitle of Simply Suppers is "Easy Comfort Food Your Whole Family Will Love," and I think that's a perfect description.  The recipes are mostly for familiar foods--Roast Chicken with Pan Gravy, Veal Piccata, Creamy Tomato Soup--but some include a twist.  Some are new for me, such as Creamy Garlic Chicken; Apricot Pork Tenderloin; and Chicken, Roasted Poblano, and Corn Quesadillas.

The recipes are all kitchen-tested for ease and reliability, which is a big plus.  Many of them are annotated with cooking tips, variations, simplifications, and substitutions.  Jennifer also includes do-ahead techniques, time-saving tips, and information on freezing the dish--all of which are very helpful for busy moms (is there any other kind?).

In the front of the book are quick but useful lists, such as 30 meals you can make in about 30 minutes, 10 ideas for leftover chicken, and 20 dishes that are well-suited for freezing.

The photographs in Simply Suppers are simply gorgeous.  But my favorite thing about this book is that the recipes use real ingredients.  So many books of quick recipes use convenience products to save time, but you'll find very little of that in Simply Suppers.

I will definitely be using recipes from this book.  I'm looking forward to trying some dishes that I've tasted but never cooked (Chicken Cordon Bleu and White Bean Chicken Chili) and some that are new to me (Peanut Butter Cup Tart).

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links:  if you click through my Amazon links and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thank you for supporting my cookbook addiction! :)


  1. "favorite thing about this book is that the recipes use real ingredients."

    Ooh. I don't like using convenience foods for shortcuts either so that is great. Usually simple/fast cookbooks rely heavily on them so I seldom even look at them.

    (I must confess with C learning to cook I do let her sometimes use convenience foods as it gives her more bang for her efforts).

  2. so, what is for dinner and what time do we need to be there?
    I thought of you this weekend...
    we went to a book festival.
    thought how much fun WE would have had if you lived closer, because I know you would have gone with us!

  3. Hey Melissa sounds like a great cookbook. I also enjoy using recipes with "real ingredients". They are usually healthier as well as economic. Nice review, thanks for sharing the cook book.


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