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Cooking to Beat the Clock

Cooking to Beat the Clock

By Irena Chalmers

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Sam Gugino says, "Today, the idea of Mom having all afternoon to prepare dinner for Dad's arrival home at 5:30 P.M. is as dated as a Norman Rockwell painting. One wage earner has given way to two, and as often as not, both get home closer to 7 than 5:30 P.M. Even the kids have their own busy schedules. Time constraints are further compounded in one-parent families."

With this reality in mind, Gugino has assembled a terrific group of recipes. Not only can they be prepared in 15 minutes, but they taste great and are made with lovely fresh ingredients. The photographs are so clear, many experienced cooks will be able to take one look and jog into the kitchen without needing to refer to the recipe. For those who need a little more help, the author gently offers advice on how to get organized.

No preaching here, just all the things your mom would have told you if only she knew that one day you would need to get dinner on the table in no time at all.

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