5 Minutes for Books – Part 2 – The Great American Supper Swap

by Jennifer Donovan

This is the second review of two in 5 Minutes for Books this week. For the first, click here.

This review is authored by regular contributor Jennifer Donovan, book lover and mother of two of book lovers, who blogs at Snapshot.

The Great American Supper Swap

The Great American Supper Swap by Trish Berg sets out to “solve the busy woman’s family dinnertime dilemma.” We all face different challenges in getting dinner on the table, be it a dislike of cooking, being away from home during the dinner-making hour, little ones underfoot or some combination of these factors.

There are many statistics about why eating dinner as a family is critical. Ms. Berg devotes two chapters to what has happened to the family mealtime of late and why it is important to make it a priority. Since it is difficult to get a good dinner on the table night after night, but the act of eating together as a family is something that most of us value, swapping suppers is one way to accomplish this goal. Ms. Berg explains the hows as well as the whys quite thoroughly in other chapters:

  • The Great Adventure: How Supper Swapping Works
  • From Frazzled to Dazzled: My Supper-Swapping Story
  • How to Start Your Own Supper-Swapping Group
  • How Supper-Swapping Saves You Money
  • What Dads and Kids Say about Supper-Swapping

The final chapters include a general Q&A and proven family-pleasing recipes. Many of these are suitable to make ahead or freeze. Even if you are unsure about the process of supper-swapping, the encouragement about the importance of making an effort to serve your family a home-cooked meal, along with the recipes, is valuable.

The book also has fun sidebars throughout which give a Potluck Activity intended to be used as an icebreaker at your meal-planning session, but it could also be used at any get together. One I liked was the Mommy Must-Do where moms write one must-do chore that they like and one that they dislike and then put it in a bowl. The other moms draw a slip of paper from the bowl and guess who wrote it and if it’s a like or dislike.

If you’d like to find out more about supper swapping, you can ask her a question this week by clicking over to my blog. Trish Berg will be reading and answering your questions about supper swapping in the comments on that post. She also has a website. She will be making her first national television appearance on The Harvest Show on August 7. Click the link to check for affiliates (including DirectTV and other regional channels).

The author has donated a copy of this book that can ship to U.S. or Canada. If you would like to win, please leave a comment by Friday. For a bonus second entry, please click over to leave a question on my post as well. She will be checking back throughout the week and answering questions within the comment section.

We already announced the winner of Here for You: Creating a Mother-Daughter Bond that Lasts a Lifetime here in conjunction with the Dog Days of Summer giveaway. If you’d like to buy it, you can click through the link.

The winner of Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten is ChupieandJsMama
and Let’s Get Ready for First Grade is Tanyetta. If you did not win, but would like to support this mom-owned business, please click on over.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela July 30, 2007 at 1:16 am

This sounds like an interesting book. I’d love to have a copy in my kitchen library.


2 melody is slurping life July 30, 2007 at 2:27 am

Please include me. thank you.


3 Robin July 30, 2007 at 2:29 am

I’ve been intrigued with this idea. I’d love to check out the book. Thanks for the review.


4 Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry July 30, 2007 at 3:06 am

Oh, I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the review and another great giveaway!


5 Beth/Mom2TwoVikings July 30, 2007 at 7:04 am

I’d be interested in checking this out!


6 Krista Wolf July 30, 2007 at 7:32 am

Sure does sound like a great book. My friends and I have talked about doing this, but never knew how to organize it.


7 Jennifer July 30, 2007 at 7:48 am

This idea has interested me for a while…I would love to read more about it! Looks like a great book.


8 Billie July 30, 2007 at 8:19 am

Count me in, sounds like great fun! Billie


9 Carey July 30, 2007 at 8:30 am

Count me in.


10 stephanie July 30, 2007 at 8:55 am

This sounds great!


11 Laura July 30, 2007 at 8:59 am

Sounds interesting Jennifer!


12 Heather July 30, 2007 at 9:03 am

I love this idea! My girlfriends & I have been trying to figure out how to do something like this.


13 Heather (Heather's reality show) July 30, 2007 at 9:11 am

Great review Jennifer. I hope I win it!


14 jenna July 30, 2007 at 10:21 am

Supper swapping saves so much time & energy. I would love to learn how to do it better.


15 Michelle July 30, 2007 at 10:38 am

I have always wanted to try doing some type of meal exchange with other families, but I really haven’t known how to go about it, especially to find recipes that most people will eat. I would love a chance to read this book and learn more about it.


16 Jill H. July 30, 2007 at 10:58 am

Interesting idea…I’ll have to add this to my Amazon List…


17 MommaBlogger July 30, 2007 at 11:33 am

That looks very interesting. I would like to check this book out.


18 Caryn July 30, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Sounds like a great book!


19 Sherry Early July 30, 2007 at 12:59 pm

I want to do this through our homeschool co-op. Please include me, Jennifer.


20 Myrna July 30, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Count me in


21 Megan July 30, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Enter me too!


22 Sandi July 30, 2007 at 3:06 pm

I would love this book!


23 Cole's Mama July 30, 2007 at 4:00 pm

This sounds like a great book!


24 Naomi July 30, 2007 at 4:39 pm

I am curious to learn more about this.


25 Michele July 30, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Please enter me!


26 Amy July 30, 2007 at 5:25 pm

I’d like to learn more about a Supper Swap. Anything to make my busy life easier! Thanks.


27 Tessa July 30, 2007 at 5:52 pm

this sounds fun. I wonder how many of my friends would do it. count me in,.


28 Ruth :) July 30, 2007 at 6:16 pm

This would be a GREAT addition to our library and fun thing to try with the Mommy Group I belong to!!!!


29 Stephanie July 30, 2007 at 6:51 pm

Sounds like a great idea! I can’t wait to learn more.


30 Becky B July 30, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Sounds like a great one!!! I’d love to be included – I have you linked on my blog!!!!


31 Dawn July 31, 2007 at 10:19 am

This sounds like a great book.


32 Trish Berg July 31, 2007 at 10:43 am

So great to hear from so many of you busy moms out there! I just want to encourage you to give supper swapping a try.

You don’t need a gaggle of girls, you can simply start with 1 grilfriend or neighbor if that’s all you have. You cook one meal times 2-2 days, she does the same, and you have already cut your cooking in half!

If you can get 2 other friends to swap, you can cut your cooking by 80%!

I have never spent more than 1-2 hours on meal prep and another 30 min on meal delivery. All in all, a sound investment of time!

I have been a supper swap mom for over 5 years now, and some girlfriends have come and gone from my group. You have to be flexible about that. But there is always a friend willing to swap.

One of the most amazing things supper swapping does that suprised me most was add deeper friendships to my life. You talk more, relate more, and feel closer to your girlfriends when you swap meals.

When you put a jigsaw puzzle together, you start by snapping in the outer edges. That’s what supper swapping does for your friendships. Snaps friendship into your life and makes it simple!

And as busy moms, we all need more friends!

Just had to share – and encourage you all-

If you have any other questions at all, you can come over to the other blog where I am answering questions all week, or contact me via my website and send them to me directly. I’d be happy to answer them for you and help you get started swapping!

Blessings – Trish Berg, Author, The Great American Supper Swap


33 Jenn in AZ July 31, 2007 at 10:55 am

This sounds great. It would work well with our smaller homeschool group. Thanks! Put me in!


34 Stephanie July 31, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Sounds like an interesting concept. Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks.


35 Bev August 1, 2007 at 1:13 am

I would like to win!


36 Jodi August 1, 2007 at 10:17 am

I would love to win!!!


37 Sarajeen August 1, 2007 at 11:34 am

Please enter me into your contest. I love reading and cooking, so I’m sure I’d love this book.


38 Kristi in Texas August 1, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Would love a copy. Great idea to write about! Count me in!


39 Janne August 1, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Sounds great! Count me in.


40 Stacey August 3, 2007 at 10:08 am

What a neat idea!


41 Dawn August 3, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I would love to be involved in this. What a great idea it all is!


42 Briggie, Woodbury, NJ August 3, 2007 at 3:24 pm

sounds like a winner.. count me in.


43 Kim August 3, 2007 at 7:34 pm

I need this book.. thanks..


44 InsaneMom2Four August 4, 2007 at 3:22 pm

This book sounds awesome!! As a working mommy with four little ones, supper is the biggest mess in our home. :)


45 Christine Steendahl August 4, 2007 at 9:35 pm

I would love to have this! I do menu planning as a business, but I would love to learn more about this!


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