Sunday, August 16, 2015

Book Review: The Hungry Missionary

Hungry-Missionary-Blog-BannerAbout the book:
Make your mission the best two years of meals! Using simple, inexpensive, universal ingredients, you’ll learn to create delicious, wholesome food that will keep you healthy and happy as you serve. With plenty of classic recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest palate, this cookbook is perfect for elders and sisters in the field and those about to leave.

About the author:
Tracy started cooking for her mother and brother while she was quite young, finding that she enjoyed making food for others. With years of experience cooking for five hungry children, Tracy makes her food quickly, easily and delightfully scrumptious. Tracy has a Bachelor’s in marketing from UNLV and worked in the magazine publishing industry before leaving work to start a family. She has provided many a hungry kid with quick snacks and is sending off two missionaries in the near future (her test subjects).

From Reidhead Randomness:
Missionaries need to eat.  PERIOD.  Sometimes they get fed by members in the ward, but sometimes they will fend for themselves...

When Mr. Reidhead Randomness was on his mission, he concocted a meal that makes me cringe!  It went something like this:

"I took a box of Idaho instant potato flakes, and made mashed potatoes.  Those tasted like cardboard (probably because they had been sitting in the cupboard for years), so I thought I would fry them up.  They still tasted yucky, so I looked in the fridge to see what other condiments I could add.  I found a bottle of BBQ sauce and added it.  That made it semi-palatable."

I am sure he is not alone in the "strange concoctions."  The Hungry Missionary is a great beginner cookbook of all the favorite foods from home...that they probably didn't learn to make while they were at home.  They are pretty easy to make, and can be made with little prior cooking experience.  All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) are covered, as well as Soups, breads, side dishes, salads, and cookies.  At the back is an equivalents reference section, as well as plenty of blank pages to fill with recipes you find along your journey.  
As you probably know, I homeschool my kids.  I am considering this as a basic cooking class "textbook" for this year.  The instructions are clear enough, that I would trust my 11 and 12 year old daughters to make any of the recipes from this book!
This is truly a great resource for families, missionaries, college kids....and newly weds!
I received a copy of this book in order to write my review, however all opinions expressed are my own.


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