Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Crabby Cook Cookbook...Review & Giveaway

I know I have shared with you all that I don't really LOVE to cook.  Even if I had more time on my hands I probably would not spend to spend those minute cooking (definitely not).  I do, however, realize that part of raising children requires you to do more than pour milk into cereal...at least some of the time.  When I had the opportunity to review The Crabby Cook Cookbook by Jessica Harper I was thrilled.  The title alone was enough for me to like it.  This was surely NOT going to be on of those overly complicated cookbooks destined to make me feel inadequate.

You may already know Jessica Harper. She is an award-winning actress-her movies include Pennies from Heaven, Stardust Memories, My Favorite Year, and Minority Report-and she is also a children's book author.  OK...if this woman can find time to cook so can I!  When I opened the book to read I was pleasantly surprised to find more than just recipes.  There are, of course, recipes (this IS a cookbook) but there is also a whole bunch of hilarious advice and snippets from Harper's life.  I was in stitches laughing over tales of her serving Richard Gere an "appalling" pot pie and about Oliver her "counter surfing" dog! 

In addition to the funny stories which make Jessica Harper completely relateable there are also recipes....135 of them.  The author touts them as "almost-effortless" and, hallelujah, they mostly are!  I promise that within the pages of this book you will find something delicious and EASY for everyone in your family. 

The Crabby Cook is about how to change your food-i-tude—no more garnish guilt, for example, and why “sort of homemade” is just as good as homemade (ie, knowing when to go all out with Pain-in-the-Ass Minestrone and when to settle for the almost-as-tasty Lazy-Ass Minestrone). It’s how to identify those Miracle Foods—the stuff that everyone loves, like Gobble-It-Up Turkey Chili and Tony’s Rigatoni. And even a whole survival guide—despite her HAS (hostess anxiety syndrome!!)—to entertaining, including drinks, Whore’s Doorves, Dip One and Dip Two, and My Big Fat Greek Platter.

Some of my favorite recipes?  What's Your Hurry Turkey, Killer Pumpkin Pancakes, My Favorite Chicken and Diana's Oatmeal Cookies.  From breakfast to dinner and everything in between Jessica Harper has you covered. Even if you LOVE to cook (will you invite me over??) you will still have fun with this book and find a bunch of recipes that will soon become favorites.  Pick up a copy for yourself and all the crabby cooks you know today...


Workman Publishing is giving on RBM reader a copy of The Crabby Cook Cookbook!  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry:  OK....let's dish!  Leave a comment below telling me what makes YOU crabby about cooking.  For me the list is kind of long but at the top would be the timing factor.  Is there a special home economics class for this that I missed??  You must complete this entry for all others to be counted.

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4.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per giveaway entered.
5.  Follow The Crabby Cook on Twitter= 1 entry
6.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
7.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it (each can be done once daily)  = 1 entry per each
8.  Write a review of RBM on Alexa and let me know you have done so  = 3 entries

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US residents and will end on January 31st.    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on February 1st and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the mentioned book for purpose of review.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

89 comments:

Rachel said...

For me it's the meal planning - if I don't have a meal planned for dinner that day, I absolutely fret over it all day long! Most weeks I'm pretty good about meal planning but sometimes on those days, it's pb&j for dinner!

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Lorie said...

I get crabby when I cook a meal and then everyone says they are not hungry! Excuse me! Someone could have told me that before I started cooking!

Kimberly said...

You know what makes me crabby is my lack of counter space! If I just had some more room I know things would be easier.

Kimberly said...

You know what makes me crabby is my lack of counter space! If I just had some more room I know things would be easier.

Teslaca said...

Not having enough refrigerator space to shop for more than a couple of days at a time. Larger volume things like leafy greens take up a lot of space so I can't buy too much at a time and have to shop too often.

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Shanee said...

The clean up make me the most crabby! But I really hate when I cook something and my kids won't eat it!

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Pam L. said...

what makes me crabby is the clean up afterward....and I love Lorie's comment...I have been hit with that one many times....grrr

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Jan at Jewelry4Change said...

Hi! I'm a new follower on Making Friends Monday. :)
The Crabby Cookbook sounds great. I agree... no guilt over the lack of garnishes! :)
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CA Monkey Momma said...

I really do like cooking, but I get really crabby when my boys start bugging me about what's for dinner. It takes the thrill out of it when you HAVE to cook. LOL

Tiffany said...

I get crabby when I work really hard on something and it doesn't turn out

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LAMusing said...

working in a dinky kitchen with no dishwasher makes me crabby
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Norma said...

I like cooking - but not EVERY SINGLE DAY. Once a week would be fine :)
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Linda Kish said...

Besides the lack of appreciation, they grumble my foods are too bland. And, I hate the cleanup part.

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marinewifey said...

it makes me crabby whe it takes forever to put together! i hav 2 kids i need something that wont be difficult!

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Megan said...

I get crabby about cooking because cooking for real always makes so many dirty dishes--and we don't have a dishwasher!
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Anonymous said...

i think i would enjoy cooking more if i had a maid -- clean up makes me very crabby!!!
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sandyandcosmo said...

For me it's cleaning up while everyone disappears!

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The thing that makes me crabby is cleaning up afterwards! I do not like doing the dishes!
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Colleen said...

Meal planning is the toughest for me. Two of my children have food allergies to milk, wheat and soy and the rest of the family doesn't. So I typically make two versions of the same dish each night for dinner. I recently have been doing some freezer cooking to save time. It's all so exhausting.
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Diana D said...

Just deciding what to make to please everyone.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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