The Bottom Line
- Fun read
- Lots of kitchen and cooking tips
- Excellent recipes
- I wish there were even more recipes! Perhaps a sequel is in the works?
- Recipes for every stage of a woman's life, from boy friend through career building through having a family.
- Lots of cooking tips and encouraging stories to get you into the kitchen.
- Fun recipes are delicious, chosen to fit every stage of a woman's life, and every celebration (or stumbling block).
Guide Review - 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know
It sounded intriguing. Even though I've been married for 30 years (well, we got married in grade school), I had heard of Engagement Chicken. The recipe sounds great, and since I love reading cookbooks, I was in!
The look of the book is intriguing. It's divided into the typical cookbook sections: drinks, appetizers, soups and salads, sides, etc. But there the similarity to a typical cookbook ends. First of all, the tone of the book is just plain fun. Lots of tips, including "Kitchen Basics", which includes "Five $5 Chicken Dinners" and "What You Need to Know About Seafood" add useful information. And I love the recipe titles
- Any Excuse for a Party Pigs in a Blanket
- Thanks for Helping Me Move Michelada
- Broke and Fabulous Grilled Cheese
- Bribe a Kid Brownies
that add to the charm of the book. So I tried Engagement Chicken. It's really wonderful. The recipe is super easy, doesn't take much cooking skill, and fills the house with the most fabulous aroma. I don't know if it will make your boyfriend propose, but my husband swooned when he got home from work!
Most importantly, I think this book will encourage young women to get into the kitchen and cook for themselves and the people they love. After all, as editor Cindi Leive says in the introduction:
"There are many things in life that will make you feel as if you've arrived, from owning your first grown-up designer handbag to owning your own home. But there is no greater and more easily attainable upgrade than learning how to cook for yourself. It has the seemingly contradictory effect of saving you money and making you feel rich."