Item description for Beyond Macaroni And Cheese by Mary Beth Lagerborg & Karen Parks...
Overview Busy mothers (and fathers who cook), especially for preschool and elementary children, will find dozens of practical tips, kid-friendly recipes, and entertaining information that makes feeding the family fun. The book draws from the best of hundreds of recipes gathered from MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups nationwide.
Publishers Description When the family has got to eat, and there's little time to prepare a meal, and the kids are picky eaters, and you've already exhausted the week's quota for macaroni and cheese, turn here. You'll find meals tasty and easy enough to coax you beyond the familiar, boxed standbys. These recipes were submitted and tested by moms in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups across the country. Moms on the front lines, swapping recipes they know will work for families.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond Macaroni And Cheese?
Wonderful cookbook! Jan 13, 2007
I actually bought this cookbook for my new daughter-in-law. I have had one myself for years and it is my favorite of all my cookbooks. I have given it as a gift to several other friends over the years as well. It has recipes that are easy to follow, made from ingredients I have in my kitchen, and the results are the kinds of dishes my family loves. I highly recommend it if you are looking for down-to-earth recipes for family favorites!
The Pantry Friendliest Family Cookbook Out There Jun 3, 2006
This collection of recipes, assembled by the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) from it's member's best-loved recipes was an answer to prayer for me! I found this little book after a long, frustrating and almost fruitless search for a family-oriented cookbook that didn't send me to the grocery store every time I opened it. My family has liked everything I have tried from this cookbook, it's all been ultra-easy to make, and the shopping is a breeze. The book is also full of little anecdotes, hints, suggestions, tips, and get-the-kids-in-the-kitchen activities which make this book a delight to read.
But this review isn't without it's criticisms--I must say that one of my fellow reviewers is right--it does have quite a bit of butter in it, and admittedly, it's got its share of canned biscuits recipes (but boy, they are soooooo good!) but not enough to dismiss it outright by any means. After reading and reveiwing scores of "family" cookbooks, I found that for your family's menu, you really can't get it all in one cookbook--sometimes you're going to want to fall into the First Rule of Really Really Good Food and make a real crowd pleaser. (What's the First Rule of Really Really Good Food? You know it: The More Fat It Has In It The Better It Taste, n'est pas?) And of course, a lot of the time you're going to need help making it healthier, and then in some cases, there's the budget to consider.
So with that in mind, don't expect this little book that's written primarily for quick and easy eats to have it all. If you need food that's healthy, I recommend Better Homes and Garden's Kid Favorites Made Healthy. But for myself, I find that sometimes I do want to spoil my family and make something easy and quick. I also want to watch my budget--which is why I'm happy using a combination of books, and this is just one of several. But it is a really good one and will broaden your menu without tiring you out.
Keeping that glowing recommendation in mind, I will say I was frustrated by the lack of pictures and hope that subsequent editions have at least a few photographs or illustrations. I had a hard time imagining what the Buffet Eggs looked like, and the same goes for Crunchy Chicken Rolls (which are really good, btw).
They also add some asides about food and how it relates to family, my favorite being "Create a few familiar standard menus for your family. Don't feel guilty about preparing the same two or three dishes together. You're actually creating memories of comfort foods for your children. We all have favorite memories of menus or foods that bring a sense of consistency and contiunity to our busy lives."
Wise words, and a wise buy; so feel confident in buying this little volume of ultimately useful recipes! You won't regret it.
As for the other books I use, (just in case you're curious) see my Listmania list for Family Eats.
Beyond Macaroni and Cheese Mar 9, 2006
I thought this book was a good help in coming up with different ideas for dinner. I think it is geared for older kids though. If you are stuck in same rut of chicken, noodles and canned green beans this book will help out!
I love this book! Aug 13, 2005
This is a great book! I have *thee* fussiest 2 year-old eater on the planet. We've had an occupational therapist and a nutritionist working with us on my daughter's eating for close to a year. When she finally started eating, I got this book so I could try new things for her. Tonight I made the Chicken and Stuffing recipe which was very easy to make (and inexpensive), but it looked so complicated on my daughter's plate I said, "She'll never eat it.." But tonight was the very first night she nearly cleaned her plate! My husband and I kept saying, "Slow down." I have tried a few of the recipes from this book, and my husband says the reason my daughter likes them is because they are flavorful. So many kiddy cookbooks are lacking in flavor, which is very important to my daughter.
And we like them too!
The definite pros of this cookbook are:
1) the ingredients are easy to find - most of them are probably already in your kitchen. 2) it's very practical! 3) the recipes share a lot of common ingredients and they're inexpensive, so you don't end up spending a fortune at the grocery store. 4) the recipes are EASY (almost impossible to mess up) and very convenient for the busy mom or dad. 5) they are flavorful!
Also, the book is filled with little suggestions and stories, which I find annoying in some books, but I found extremely clever, helpful and endearing in this book. A lot of writers try writing their cookbooks in that familiar "passing on recipes from a friend to a friend" format, which usually feels very contrived to me. I thought this book, however, succeeded in doing that.
I've had my fair share of disappointments with cookbooks, but not with this one. I borrowed this from the library but I'll definitely be buying it. This is a GREAT book which I highly recommend for busy moms and dads who don't want to feed their children the same old recipes all the time and won't do fast food.
Too much butter! Jun 17, 2004
I just received this book and though the recipes are original and fairly simple, I am disappointed in the amount of fat in them. Most recipes have a generous amount of butter in them. I like the section on appetizers and snacks.This book has something for everyone, including a vegetarian section, but I would really like to see these recipes tailored to cut out some of the saturated fats and include some whole grains. White flour and sugar are also common ingredients.