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