Cookbook Review: The Make-Ahead Kitchen by Annalise Thomas

The Make Ahead Kitchen

The Make-Ahead Kitchen by Annalise Thomas is, as its subtitle promises, 75 Slow-Cooker, Freezer, and Prepared Meals for the Busy Lifestyle.

With most make-ahead cookbooks, there’s the tendency to automatically think cooking in bulk and making enough “freezer meals” for a month.  While there are some freezer meals, this lives up to its subtitle and includes plenty of slow-cooker meals and dishes that can be prepped in advance, with only a little oven time needed for finishing.

(Except if you’re in our house, where the oven isn’t quite working as well as it should.)

This is not an exclusively vegetarian cookbook, although there are a few recipes that meet that criteria. (There are more meat-based ones, though.)  It’s also not a gluten-free cookbook, although several recipes are either labeled gluten-free (GF) or gluten-free adaptable (GFA).

Categories include Breakfasts; Soups & Salads; Appetizers, Snacks & Sides; Main Dishes; Cookies & Bars; Desserts; and Drinks. I liked that the author included a brief introductory section.  So many cookbooks have pages and pages of lists of pantry ingredients, cooking techniques, etc. Many its me, but because I read a lot of cookbooks, I just find that type of information repetitive.  This one goes right into the recipes and I appreciated that.

The Breakfast section has breads, casserole-type egg bakes, cinnamon rolls and other pastries. The Roasted Veggie and Ham Overnight Egg Bake looks good. (I would, of course, eliminate the ham.)  It claims to not be “your usual carb-loaded egg bake full of bread and potatoes.”  Plus, it’s GF.

All of the soups and salads are GF or GFA. The Thick and Hearty Split Pea Soup (sans the ham hock) sounds delicious.  Vegetarian options include The Best Homemade Greek Salad (GF) and Tomato-Feta Pasta Salad (GFA). There’s a macaroni and cheese recipe that I think would be perfect for the non-GF members of my family, especially on nights that I have to work.

And in the cookies and bars section, there is a Fudgy Gluten-Free Dairy Free Brownie that looks scrumptious.

This is a very visually appealing cookbook, with gorgeous color photographs for every recipe. Nutritional information is absent, and most of the recipes look like they might be a bit higher on the carb count than I personally would prefer, but for the occasion when you need to prepare a dish in advance, The Make-Ahead Kitchen offers many possibilities.

The Make-Ahead Kitchen: 75 Slow-Cooker, Freezer, and Prepared Meals for the Busy Lifestyle
by Annalise Thomas
Front Table Books
151 pages

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