Monday, March 11, 2013

Cookbook Review: Six Sisters' Stuff



About the Book:
Cook, craft, and create with recipes, projects, and ideas from the enormously popular blog SixSistersStuff.com. Every recipe and project included in this book is quick, easy, and fun. More than 100 family-favorite recipes (including an entire section of slow-cooker recipes), use ingredients commonly found in your pantry. The crafts and home d├ęcor projects have easy-to-follow instructions with photographs and can be made with little or no money. We don t profess to be amazing chefs, they claim. We just know the importance of feeding our families a home-cooked meal and sitting down to eat it together. Our mom and dad taught us so many great values, and we are thankful that they instilled the importance of family time in our lives. Even the busiest of people can make the food and project ideas we share, which will give you even more time to spend with your family and loved ones. SixSistersStuff.com is an online phenomenon. More than 5 million page views per month More than 50,000 Facebook followers Nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter More than 80,000 followers on Pinterest.

My Comments:
Blogging is the ultimate in vanity press (now known as self-publishing).  For no financial investment at all, you too can write and publish for the whole world to see.  Unfortunately for most of us bloggers, "the whole world" remains pretty small; however, like in most endeavors, some people are much better  than average, and work at it much more than average and therefore get far more readers than average.  The Six Sisters fall in that category, and they've managed to parlay the fame from their blog into a "real" publishing deal for this homey attractive cook/craft book.  

Generally when reviewing cookbooks that I have received hard copies of, I like to try a recipe and report on the results.  I still plan to do that with this book but my life has been crazy lately and I haven't had time to pick a recipe, make sure I have the ingredients, make  it, and photograph it.  However, I can't blame this cookbook--the recipes are simple and the ingredients, common.  Many of the recipes are church cookbook standards like Grandma's Five-Cup Creamy Fruit Salad or Easy 7-Up Biscuits.  Others take convenience foods up a notch--Easy Parmesan Knots are basically a fancy presentation of refrigerator biscuits.  I have to say though that I've never seen Root Beer Float Cookies before reading this book. 

Each recipe comes with a photo, which is always nice.  The book itself is printed in full color on nice glossy paper.  While some pages stay open better than others, I was able to get all the  pages I tried to stay open, so you shouldn't have a problem with "losing"  your recipe.  

Besides recipes,the book includes crafts (nope, not on my blog) and handy lists like a spring cleaning checklist (how fun) and a list of activities to keep kids busy on road trips.  In short, this book is going on the keeper shelf and one day soon I'll share a recipe with you.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy.  Grade:  A.  



Join the Family Dinner Challenge
According to Pew Research , only about half of families make dinner a daily ritual and another third eat together a few times a week. Roughly one in 5 families (20%) eat together only occasionally or never.  In conjunction with the book’s release, on  March 4, 2013, SixSistersStuff.com will launch a 4x4 Dinner Challenge. Families are encouraged to eat together as a family at least four times a week for four weeks. Families can register online at www.SixSistersStuff.com and receive meal tips, ideas for family activities, and helpful recipes to assist in making this challenge a reality.  “We grew up knowing the importance of feeding our families a home-cooked meal and sitting down to eat it together,” said Camille, the oldest sister.  “Even the busiest of people can make the food and project ideas we share, which will give you even more time to spend with your family and loved ones.”  

The Six Sisters

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