Busy People’s Fast & Frugal Cookbook by Dawn Hall

17 Oct

This cookbook’s title has immediate appeal for many families trying to save money these days.  Hall has cleverly organized it with suggestions for meal combinations and shopping lists.  Each section has a mini index listing which recipes are 10 minutes or less, 15 minutes or less, 20 minutes or less and 30 minutes or less.  Each recipe uses 7 or less ingredients.

BUT (this is a big “but” for us because of a family history of heart disease and strokes), the content is not for families who are conscientious about making healthy food choices for their families.  Doctors and dieticians recommend reducing the amount of sodium in our diets but this cookbook’s recipes range from 9 to 2157 mg of sodium per serving.  The majority of them are 1000 mg or more of sodium per serving.  The only sections that I found to contain mostly lower sodium recipes were the breads and biscuits, beverages and desserts.  For me, I have found that I would have to adjust the majority of the recipes in the cookbook to be lower in sodium and made with fewer convenience items (like canned potatoes) so that I feel better about serving them to my family. 

Note: Read more reviews by my fellow Thomas Nelson Book Bloggers at http://brb.thomasnelson.com/reviews.

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