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Book Review: Big Bowl of Love by Cristina Ferrare

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As a busy mom, I’m always looking for new recipes to wow my family at the dinner table. I really love to cook and bake but I don’t always have a lot of time to make extremely complicated recipes. I have to save those for the holidays or special occasions. That doesn’t mean I don’t want my family to think I’m spending tons of time in the kitchen.

Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love has a ton of recipes that your family will think you spent hours on. Only you’ll know that you didn’t spend much time at all. Her recipes are relatively easy and fun to prepare as well as nutritious. She includes helpful tips on shortening preparation time, cutting calories and extending meals to feed a few extra. I definitely appreciated these!

Each recipe includes a brief introduction with a history of the recipe, a detailed ingredients list, and well written instructions that are easy to follow. Most recipes also include a gorgeous color photograph to inspire you. Recipes included are for appetizers, salads, soups, pasta and risotto, chicken, beef and lamb, fish, vegetables, desserts; dressings, sauces, and salads; and pantry and staple items.

There’s really a great variety of cuisines in this cookbook including Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian dishes and of course, plenty of good old American favorites. I really cannot wait to try out the Linguine with Clam Sauce! Her picture makes this look so amazing and I know my family wll think I spent forever preparing this when the opposite is totally true. This cookbook is definitely a great resource for the busy mom looking to wow her family without spending hours in the kitchen every night!

I love the final chapter on pantry and staple items.  It’s an invaluable resource for the person who wants to get in and out of the kitchen quickly.  She offers a detailed list of vital ingredients to keep in your pantry and refrigerator at all times. This saves you time, money and aggravation when you’re trying to put dinner together for your family.  The list is well written and I totally agree with her suggestions.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.