FinalCasserolesCoverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

I was SO excited to find that I was getting this cookbook! Not only do I love one-pot meals and casseroles, but I was excited that the book had pictures to go with many of the recipes. So many times I will make a recipe that seems to be a failure and I get frustrated because I don’t know if it looks like it should. With 125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals I thought I’d at least have a chance! As a mother of three kids, we are always busy so I love meals that are “one-pot-wonders” and can be made quickly and easily. I was hoping for such a set of meals in this cookbook. When the book arrived and I began to browse through it, I thought that the book appeared very intimidating. Every recipe had so many ingredients and many of them weren’t ingredients I typically had on-hand. Then as I continued, I saw that the chicken recipes had four chicken legs and yet the whole recipe was supposed to feed four people! I really began to question this cookbook as a whole and actually put it down for a couple weeks.

When I finally picked it up again, I found that many of the ingredients required for the recipes were either spices that I could pick up and wouldn’t be very taxing on my space or my budget, or they were ingredients that carried over from one recipe to the next. So I could purchase the ingredient and it would work for several recipes. Then, I started to look closer at the chicken recipes…the chicken leg thing really had me flustered. I finally figured out that Rose Murray was calling an entire leg quarter a chicken leg…so in fact, a chicken leg (to her) was actually two pieces (to me).

Yesterday evening we made the Chick-Pea Chicken Skillet Stew (I only had to buy one ingredient not already in my pantry…the chick peas!) and it was not only very easy to make but was surprisingly delicious! There was very little leftover for lunch today.

I do feel like this cookbook could (and should) get a makeover and make it a bit more user-friendly for those who may not have the patience to wade through interpreting Ms Murray’s unusual ingredient usage. However, it’s a pretty decent book for a seasoned cook who is looking for relatively easy meals to prepare.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Robert Rose. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.