Review of The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner

A great cook book to help you feed your tween

Photo: Palmer/Pletsch Publishing

The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner is a wonderful resource for families wanting to reclaim the family dinner hour. It's also a good resource for tweens interested in helping out around the kitchen. Easy to assemble recipes make this book a great resource for families wanting to cook together, or start weekly family meal traditions.

Compare Prices


  • The tasty recipes will appeal to most families
  • Edmunds doesn't beat healthy eating into the ground but stresses moderation
  • Helps cooks streamline the family dinner hour and make meals a part of family traditions and family time


  • Could use a chapter devoted to kids who cook


  • Tasty recipes with easy-to-find ingredients.
  • More than a cookbook, a resource for family time.
  • There's a lot of information here for families, tweens, and anyone who loves to cook.
  • Recipe standouts include stuffing-topped pork chops, roast salmon with veggies, BBQ chicken pizza and more.
  • Sidebars offer tips on what cooks can prepare ahead of time, ingredient substitutions, food facts, and variations.
  • This book is beautifully designed and the photography draws you in. Much more than a ho-hum collection of recipes.
  • Edmunds makes a strong case for finding time to eat together as a family.
  • The writer draws on her own experience feeding a family of nine.

Review of The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner

There are a lot of cookbooks on the market vying for the attention of parents, but few are really worth your time, attention, and money.

The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner is one resource that is, and for a number of reasons.

For starters, this book, which is written by Liz Edmunds (aka, The Food Nanny) is a great resource for parents of tweens who are likely struggling with balancing home life, work, their children’s extra-curricular activities, homework schedules, and picky or unconventional eating habits.

Although the book is appropriate for families with children of any age, the information presented couldn’t be more appropriate for families with tweens.

In addition to some really tasty, and easily prepared recipes that tweens can help choose, prepare and in some cases, cook by themselves, the book offers up a number of valuable resources. The prelude to the cooking section contains information on basic table etiquette, including proper table setting, table talk topics that families can use to keep the dinner conversation flowing and positive, and common sense information on portion sizes, indulging in moderation, and organizing your shopping excursions to streamline the entire process.

The Food Nanny recommends a daily schedule of family dinners, rotating week by week. On Mondays, she recommends comfort food. Tuesdays are reserved for Italian dishes, Wednesday is fish or vegetarian night, Thursday is devoted to Mexican food, Friday is pizza night, Saturday is the time to grill, and Sunday is all about traditional family meals.

Recipes are relatively simple even for the beginning cook, and full-color photos help the reader along. The back of the book contains numerous ideas for healthy after-school snacks, many of them easy for tweens to assemble solo.

Compare Prices

Continue Reading