Do you have one of those tried and true cookbooks? I do. The cookbook my Mama wrote down all the family recipes in – in her very own handwriting. And Vicki Bentley’s Everyday Cooking is coming alongside that favorite, becoming a go-to resource for practical, frugal and easy meals for my family.
I wanted to have a full round of meal planning using Everyday Cooking before I shared it with you. Because I wanted to put it to the test with my family, see how I enjoyed using this cookbook. So I have used Everyday Cooking for an entire month. And may I say it far exceeded my expectations. One of my favorite mentors, Vicki, has now joined me in our kitchen!
I have several checklists printed out and hanging around the house. This guideline, I printed from Vicki’s Everyday Homemaking site has blessed my homeschool with These Things Must Be Done Before School. I’ve written extensively about how the Before 8:45 checklist helps our homeschool. Vicki Bentley is a homeschool mother of many as well as a speaker and author. Her Everyday Homemaking site is full of encouragement and mentoring for families. In addition, Vicki is the coordinator of HSLDA’s The Early Years division. I invite you to click over and read Vicki’s full bio.
I share all this to emphasize that with Everyday Cooking you are not only getting a book full of recipes, but also years of mentoring, practical tips and helps that work for families – directly applied to feeding your family!
What does the cookbook include? 100 pages of tips, helps, recipes, hints and cost-saving ideas plus:
- Timesaving tips
- Breakfast ideas
- Appetizers & Dressings
- Bread and Grains
- Main Dishes & Soups and Sides
- Desserts & Snacks
- Basic Measurements and Helps
- Meal Planning and Shopping Helps
- Basic Cooking Skills Checklist
- Sample Menus and Menu Planning Masters
- Basic Kitchen Accessories
- Kitchen Equipment
- The Tortoise and the Hare
- Suggested Resources
Can it get any better than that? A resource for the brand-new homemaker as well as for the need-some-new recipes long-time mother. For us, we found it simple and enjoyable enough for my 10-year-old daughter to browse and take charge of a recipe. Memory- making in the kitchen! Home Ec skills!
Now I’ve always said that a long list of ingredients just won’t do for me. And that’s the case with Everyday Cooking as well. These are real recipes for real families using real ingredients. Vicki Bentley’s cookbook often found its way to the end of the family room couch – where it was easy for me to pick up, browse and plan another something yummy for supper.
A collection of family-tested recipes and hints for simple, everyday cooking with an emphasis on whole foods.
Healthy Recipes. Since I make my own bread, muffins and pancakes, I appreciate the emphasis on whole foods and homemade.
Time and budget-stretching tips. In addition to recipes, the author offers highlighted, gray boxes throughout with simple suggestions, frugal helps and batch cooking options. Some ingredients are also italicized, pointing you to a recipe for the ingredient in the book.
Where can you find Everyday Cooking? Click over to Everyday Homemaking for the full description and to view sample recipes.
- The cookbook is currently on sale for $15.99.
- Available in paper, coil bound version or as an ebook download
In summary, my family and I give Vicki Bentley’s Everyday Cooking a big yum! And I look forward to many more meals from this cookbook for years to come. Thank you, Vicki, for a wonderfully practical resource and for the resulting delicious meals.
Now for the giveaway!
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