Cookbook #Review: The Six O'Clock Scramble by Aviva Goldfarb

Sunday, November 06, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Everybody’s hungry? And you’re tired and out of ideas? The Scramble to the rescue!

We all know the importance of families eating together, but what do you do when you're tired of recycling the same old recipes and dinner needs to be on the table pronto? Aviva Goldfarb, founder of the successful Six O’Clock Scramble subscription email newsletter, has written a book packed with ideas and easy instructions on what to make for dinner all year round. Organized by season, and taking advantage of both simple packaged foods and fresh additions, The Six O'Clock Scramble provides a year’s worth of recipes. Everything is homemade, with a clever reliance on just enough prepared and packaged - but never fake - foods.

Inventive, flavorful and healthy are Goldfarb’s goals. The Six O'Clock Scramble includes:
  • dishes that can be prepared in thirty minutes or less
  • weekly menus so you only need to shop once a week
  • one vegetarian main course per week
  • meals that kids can actually help prepare
  • fun foods for lunchboxes, after-school snacks, or weekend get-togethers
  • complete nutritional information for each recipe
  • dinners such as honey-glazed salmon, Asian turkey burgers and Moroccan Chicken that will please the whole family
52 weeks of grocery lists for every recipe in the book available at

My Thoughts
Ms. Goldfarb understands very well how frantic dinnertime can be for busy families. By the time you are home from work or from driving kids to and from afterschool activities, there's hardly any time or energy to make dinner. Still, you would not compromise and serve fast food or frozen dinners five days a week, right? Then I have just the book for you: The Six O'Clock Scramble. Ms. Goldfarb delivers just what she promises: quick, healthy, and delicious recipes that will help you feed your family right - even on a busy weeknight.

The Six O'Clock Scramble features weekly menus by season. There are 65 recipes for each season, including mouthwatering dishes such as Maryland Crab Cakes, Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie, Fettuccine with Chickpea Sauce, Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Curry-Lime Pork Tenderloin, and more. There is a list of staples recommended for each well-stocked kitchen, and useful tidbits of advice such as what to do about picky eaters, how to keep nuts fresh, and how to prevent kitchen burns. I love the ease of preparation and the wide variety of dishes. You can follow the weekly menus, or pick and choose according to taste or whim. Ms. Goldfarb has included sections on simple side dishes, ideas for feeding babies and toddlers,  and school and day-care snacks and lunches. In addition to the customary alphabetized index, there is a recipe index by category - perfect if you are looking for ideas on crowd-pleasers, vegetarian meals, dinners in under 20 minutes, make-ahead meals, and more.

I highly recommend The Six O'Clock Scramble to busy parents and to people who don't have the time or the inclination to spend hours cooking every day but do not want to sacrifice taste or nutrition. Ms. Goldfarb's book can help you eat healthy and save money by planning meals better. If you are ready to take meal planning to the next level, check out The Scramble subscriptions: for as little as $3 a month, you can have a weekly meal plan, complete with healthy recipes, side dish recipes and an organized shopping list. Members also get great tips on healthy family eating and related topics.

Stay tuned for my review and giveaway of Aviva Goldfarb's second book, SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher, author or PR firm.


  1. Robin O said...

    It's a great idea to feature weekly menus by season. Dinnertime can definitely be a frantic scramble in our house!

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