The Big Cook: Have fun with friends and fill your freezer with delicious, nutritious maincourse meals! by Deanna SiemensThe Big Cook: Have fun with friends and fill your freezer with delicious, nutritious maincourse meals! by Deanna Siemens

The Big Cook: Have fun with friends and fill your freezer with delicious, nutritious maincourse…

byDeanna Siemens, Joanne Thomas, Joanne Joanne Smith

Hardcover | March 1, 2006

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Have fun with friends and fill your freezer with delicious, nutritious, main-course meals! What to have for supper is no longer a crisis! Do you find yourself running from work to your children's sports events or music lessons? Do you frequently have to eat out or grab take-out because you don't have time to shop or prepare supper?

Imagine coming home from work or your busy day to find a hot, home-cooked meal ready to sit down and eat.

What if you only had to prepare meals one day every 3 months?

What if you could go to your freezer and pull out a delicious and nutritious meal that needs only to be cooked? All the preparation is done?

That is what The Big Cook is all about - friends getting together, having fun and making up to 200 meals in one day. Did you know that it only takes a little longer to make 8 meals of the same recipe than it does to make one?

This is not an ordinary cookbook; it is much more than that. It is a 'cooking concept'. It comes complete with an outline of how to choose the recipes, make a grocery list, shop, do The Big Cook and store the meals. The 73 recipes are beautifully illustrated with full color pictures and are family favorites. Whether you are single or married; preparing meals for your family, your child in college or your elderly parent; or a working or stay-at-home parent, this book is for you.
Title:The Big Cook: Have fun with friends and fill your freezer with delicious, nutritious maincourse…Format:HardcoverDimensions:132 pages, 9.56 × 7.42 × 0.78 inPublished:March 1, 2006Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0973961406

ISBN - 13:9780973961409

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from decidedly wonderful easily followed instructions, great flavors, adaptable quantities, interchangeable meats and spices and herbs, this is sooooo a great addition to the library that is my kitchen cookbook collection!! Working on the 2nd book now to see if it as good. two thumbs up!!
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Must in every kitchen! We are a family of six and we are always on the lookout for new ideas on how to prepare meals and reduce the money spent. While participating to a swimming activity with our kids, I got to know a couple of the other women and one of them mentioned the book The BIG Cook one week. I was curious and when I got home I googled it. I loved what I read on the website and decided to ask to see if I could review their cookbook. Imagine my delight when I got an email from one of the author agreeing to send me one copy. I was looking forward to this package. Interestingly enough, the week I received my BIG cook we had friends over one night. And my friend Shannon asked me “So what do you do for supper each week? I am tired of eating the same thing…” Ah! When I received the BIG Cook and read about the concept of getting together with friends to cook for a whole day, I immediately thought of Shannon and her comment. Well, Shannon my friend if you are ready to do some cooking with us, I have the perfect book to help us! (I sure hope she will be reading this!). On December day, I decided to make the Maple Chicken recipe that can be found in the BIG Cook. Just the word MAPLE draw me to this recipe. We improvised a bit with what was on sale that week. For example, the recipe suggest to take skinless boneless chicken breast and we decided to purchase some thighs that had skin and bones on it. I removed the skin before the recipe but left the bones in. For the cooking it is strongly suggested that doing it on the BBQ would be better but being in the winter and not really feeling like using the BBQ that day (because yes we do use it regularly during winter time), I opted to cook the meal in the oven. Finally, here’s the meal fully cooked with rice, tomatoes and thai sauce. Everyone in the family enjoyed it from the smallest to the oldest. Yum! The meal was delicious and everyone in my family loved it! I think this has become a recipe that will come monthly on our plates… *grin* Would I recommend this cookbook to anyone? For sure, you can easily manage the smaller quantities if you are a single person or get-together with neighbours to prepare larger quantities of food. It would help a lot of you have a freezer though. We are fortunate to have a stand-up freezer which we use quite a lot. As soon as what’s in it gets eaten, I would like to plan larger quantities of meals from The BIG Cook. Disclaimer: Thanks to the authors for sending me the featured product for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.
Date published: 2011-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Use I love this cook book. It is super easy to use, with cooking ingredients that are easy to buy. I found I did not have to buy a ton of groceries to make these recipes. The meals are great to have in my deep freeze for hockey nights, when I can pull it out and throw in crock pot in the morning.
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing The concept of this cookbook is great but the recipes are VERY disappointing. I tried 9 of them and each time, my husband asked me NEVER to make the dish again. Each recipe is some combination of meat with a sauce and most of the sauces have different combinations of vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce etc. This is the way I cooked 20 years ago when I didn't know better. I use the idea of this book with my sisters, but we make recipes that are healthy and we actually want to feed our families (and eat ourselves).
Date published: 2010-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great resource My famiy and I got together and made a bunch of freezer meals. We used a lot of recipes from this book and had a lot of fun doing it! The book is a great resource for making freezer food, and also just a fun cookbook full of good recipes to try anytime.
Date published: 2009-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Even though I am a stay at home Mom myself and a few friends get together every couple of months to make up a bunch of these recipes. They have adapted well to the wild game we all use (since we don't buy meat) and we usually adapt the recipes to what we have or can easily find. It also excellent for when friends have babies, or loved ones pass, or are sick. They also work well to do on your own. My only problem with the book is that it is a little pricy to be easily affordable....
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for all busy families! My sister and I along with two other neighbours each picked 8 meals and we spent about 5 hours making the meals. We each had 32 meals in the freezer. I would not hesitate to make any of these meals again, in fact, a few of them have become family favourites. We are already scheduling another "bulk" cooking day in the very near future. I can't say enough about how fantastic it is to pull a meal out of the freezer in the morning and having a great dinner on the table with no hassle at all! Great book - I hope they make a few more so I can have even more variety!
Date published: 2009-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun beyond belief! Highly recommend trying if you are a busy person. Three of us got together and tried this one day. We made 54 meals - 18 each. We all picked 3 recipes and set a date. This was so much fun it was hardly like work. It was work ,but sure took the stress out of 18 meals. I have 5 kids and run all over what else can I say. Try it - it works, its fun and gives you back some precious time.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of fun!! My friend and I got together with our daughters and did this. We made over 40 meals in about three hours and had a lot of fun. We can't wait to do it again!
Date published: 2008-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As a mother of 4 children I found making supper at supper time to be at one of the busiest times of the day....The older kids were coming home from school and needed help with their homework, and the young ones were constantly underfoot wanting food "right now". It made supper-making quite stressful and rarely enjoyable. After using this cooking concept I never want to go back to making meals at mealtime!!! This is the best cooking concept, and the recipes are awesome. I recommend it to anyone who wants a non-stressful supper time!
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family friendly This book is a must for all those busy families. The book is well laid out and simplifies the art of convenience cooking, but with a home cook flair. I appreciate that the authors have shared all their learners from the year of cooking with friends.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Book! Not just *any cookbook* I'm a big fan of bulk cooking. I've purchased a variety of Once A month Cooking books. As a busy busy mom of 4, son in hockey and cadets, 2 daughters in ringette and powerskating and one in dance, plus running a dayhome and a small business, time is at a premium. So OAMC(once a month cooking), has been something I do often. But we do find OAMC is like eating leftovers every day. The Big Cook, however, is NOT about OAMC. Not at all. This is a really novel concept. One that even McCains has stepped up with it crockpot meals. You know, the ones with the annoying commercials, "Call me when dinner is ready." And when the mom/wife does, everyone is screaming? Well, this book is ahead of the game. You're not creating tv dinners. you're doing all the prep in one shot. Then you can pop it in the crockpot, oven, even BBQ! So it's a fresh home cooked meal everyday! It's more than just recipes, the principle is about getting together with 2 or 3 other people, if you want, and doing this together. Spend a day with friends working side by side, and each of you walking away with 2 to 3 months of main courses. You save time, and money by buying bulk. The recipes are much how my family eats, nothing all that exotic for the most part, they all seem family friendly as well. Tried a few recipes as I get ready to do the big cook, to test, so far my picky eaters have all given the thumbs up. these are wholesome CANADIAN FAMILY meals. Love Paula Dean, but not a fan of southern cooking. Same with Rachael Ray, her cooking concept, but not all the foods, in her book I can pick maybe a dozen we like, in The BIg Cook, I think there's only 2 I'd question if we'd all like, only because there's beans, and my crew doesn't like beans. I highly recommend this book to any busy household. The book is already set up with recipes for 1, 4, 6 or 8 meals(of 6 servings each). There's a grocery list, nutritional information. Checkout their website. www.thebigcook.com for a free recipe to tryout! I'd only request of the authors, for their next book, to set up some meatless recipes and a few fish ones as well. But other than that, I'd give 5/5 kernals!
Date published: 2008-01-05