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The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook
Delicious, Inspiring Meals for Busy Families
By (author) Debra Ponzek With Mary Goodbody


Have a fridge full of staples, a family of finicky mouths to feed, and only a few minutes to get something on the table? If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you'll find dinner and more in this can-do approach to mealtime. The Busy Family's Survival Cookbook is designed with the modern-day family in mind—too busy, with not nearly enough time to eat together—and makes delicious meals come together in a snap. With a focus on accessible recipes with only a few simple ingredients, this guide takes the humble pantry staple and transforms it in minutes into delicious restaurant-quality dishes.

The more-than 125 recipes are organized, not by course or time of day, but by the way people really cook: categories like pasta, vegetable dishes, salads, chicken, slow-cooking, fish, and more make the dinner dilemma easy. Try Butternut Squash and Pear Soup, Bronzino Veracruz, Baked Wild Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Chicken Enchiladas, and Meatloaf Burgers. This revolutionary approach will change the way you see dinnertime.

about Debra Ponzek and Mary Goodbody

  • Debra Ponzek is a busy mother and former chef at New York City's Montrachet, where she became, the first female chef to be awarded three stars by the New York Times. She now owns the East Coast gourmet take-away shops Aux Delices. She lives in Connecticut.

    Mary Goodbody is a frequent co-author of more than thirty titles, including Running Press's Choclatique. She lives in New York.


Bobby Flay
“I love when talented chefs show us a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of their family meals. Debra Ponzek is the perfect chef to guide you through the rough-and -tumble chore of feeding your household—no one will want to leave the table.”

Sarabeth Levine, author of Sarabeth's Bakery
“Creative simplicity is what makes award-winning chef Debra Ponzek's cooking so delicious and perfect for everyday. This recipe collection will be kept within arm's reach on my kitchen shelf to enjoy with family and friends for years to come.”

Publishers Weekly
”A charming book full of fresh, inspired, and tasty recipes that is sure to shake up your family's dinner routine.”

"This first-time cookbook from an East Coast restaurant chef turned caterer is simple and sophisticated. Ponzek emphasizes using the best ingredients in straightforward ways, often with enough of a twist to keep things interesting…evening meals for families, couples, and singles don't have to be something microwaved. Any level of home cook, from novice to professional, can relax and execute these 125 recipes, which are full of goodnesses and local seasonal ingredients."

other editions

  • Paperback | ISBN 9780762444755
    Pub date: 04/02/2013 | Price: 25.50 Canada/$22.00
    256 Pages
    COOKING / Methods / Quick & Easy
    COOKING / Methods / General
    COOKING / Courses & Dishes / General

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762448272
    Pub date: 04/02/2013 | Price: 16.99 Canada/$12.99
    256 Pages
    COOKING / Methods / Quick & Easy
    COOKING / Methods / General
    COOKING / Courses & Dishes / General
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