Cookbook Giveaway - Mad Hungry Family

Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew by Lucinda Scala Quinn joins her other titles: Mad Hungry, Feeding Men & Boys and Mad Hungry Cravings to complete the Mad Hungry trifecta.

I am a fan of Lucinda's books and her approach to feeding those we love which is basically a no-nonsense, buckle down and get it done philosophy. In this title, she provides all the tools necessary to accomplish the job of getting dinner on the table - but more importantly how to teach yourself how to cook well.  Lucinda's recipes are approachable, easy to follow and not complicated - all while delivering tasty, flavorful meals.

You can read more about this book and try two recipes that can be dinner tonight for your family on our review and recipe post. We are pleased to offer three copies of this title to our EYB Members in the U.S.

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

When cooking for the family what is your biggest challenge?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends December 8th, 2016. 

60 Comments

  • mcrimmins  on  11/6/2016 at 11:56 AM

    I have an empty nest so I find it a challenge not to cook too much food. This is especially hard as I love to cook and bake. I'm always feeding my neighbors.

  • infotrop  on  11/6/2016 at 1:08 PM

    While I cook day-to-day for just two people, my husband has a *huge* family with many pot luck meals, so I'm always looking for tasty recipes for a crowd.

  • jr0717  on  11/6/2016 at 1:14 PM

    I'm always looking for use of the same ingredients in new ways, as some members of the family aren't adventurous or open to expanding their palate. That said, some fresh spins on the same proteins, starches, and veggies that usually hit the table would be great!

  • lauriesk  on  11/6/2016 at 1:59 PM

    My biggest challenge is keeping the necessary ingredients on hand or using up the ingredients I already have.

  • Rosesrpink50  on  11/6/2016 at 2:54 PM

    Thinking ahead and planning out my meals for the week and then sticking to it.

  • meggan  on  11/6/2016 at 3:41 PM

    Satisfying all level of spice tolerance!

  • sgump  on  11/6/2016 at 4:07 PM

    I must agree with meggan, since I've got to deal with spice-tolerance levels all across the board.

  • lgroom  on  11/6/2016 at 7:26 PM

    Yes, everyone has a level of too spicy. And I like it the most spicy so I can't be a very good judge of taste while cooking. It'ss all to bland for me.

  • athomas10  on  11/6/2016 at 7:48 PM

    Finding enough time to actually sit down and eat the meal together. Too often, someone is reheating or eating before dinner.

  • jaburg  on  11/7/2016 at 12:15 AM

    There are only 2 of us, but when I have company it's trying to serve a fabulous dinner and have it look effortless.

  • alirov  on  11/7/2016 at 12:31 AM

    I'm used to cooking for just two so it's a challenge getting portions right and cooking enough food when I cook for a large gathering.

  • bfg67  on  11/7/2016 at 5:13 AM

    not too much of a challenge! we love cooking as a family and all eating together. at the moment eating is a challenge as we have a 3 week old baby!

  • amylou61  on  11/7/2016 at 6:17 AM

    My biggest challenge is coming up with new recipes to make that don't use too many ingredients that I wouldn't normally use. Too many recipes require "extra" ingredients that I would use only once.

  • vickster  on  11/7/2016 at 6:31 AM

    Planning and trying to use the ingredients I already have in my freezer and cupboard.

  • gjelizabeth  on  11/7/2016 at 8:19 AM

    My biggest challenge came when my elder daughter became a vegetarian at 12. We respected her choice but the rest of us remained omnivores. I was committed to producing meals that we could eat together without anyone feeling left out. This meant substantial vegetarian dishes along with meat dishes that could be entrees or sides. We ate family style and everyone filled their plate from the serving dishes as they saw fit. She remains a remarkably tolerant vegetarian today 25 years later.

  • kayanelson  on  11/7/2016 at 8:29 AM

    The biggest challenge is staying away from mushrooms as some members of the family don't like it. But they used to not like lemon as a seasoning and now they see how it enhances the flavor of certain things. So there's still hope.

  • PennyG  on  11/7/2016 at 1:21 PM

    Hope this doesn't sound horrible, but I like to cook by myself! I'm set in my ways ...

  • Joy001  on  11/7/2016 at 5:25 PM

    Deciding what to make...

  • lhudson  on  11/8/2016 at 6:54 AM

    Cooking for two, with my 3 grown children (all boys) out on their own it been hard to scale down the amount of food I cook,

  • annmartina  on  11/8/2016 at 10:45 AM

    As much as I love to cook, sometimes just finding the energy at the end of the day.

  • rchesser  on  11/8/2016 at 3:02 PM

    Getting everyone to eat the same meal, sometimes I'm making two or three different things for the same meal.

  • Teruska  on  11/8/2016 at 3:44 PM

    The biggest issue is to satisfy everyone's diet and preferences.

  • TheSpicedLife  on  11/8/2016 at 8:56 PM

    This is pretty sad but my biggest challenge is getting myself on their schedule. I prefer to sleep in, eat later, have a late lunch, etc....

  • petunia59  on  11/9/2016 at 3:38 AM

    Choosing recipes that everyone can agree on!

  • milgwimper  on  11/9/2016 at 8:07 AM

    Planning, and consistency.

  • ballen  on  11/9/2016 at 1:34 PM

    Planning a meal that will appeal to the varying tastes.

  • annieski  on  11/10/2016 at 4:53 AM

    Keeping brothers-in-law out of the way!

  • ChefScarlett  on  11/10/2016 at 12:32 PM

    trying new and different recipes without breaking the bank

  • edyenicole  on  11/10/2016 at 1:00 PM

    Making something everyone will enjoy.

  • kimtrev  on  11/10/2016 at 1:27 PM

    sticking to the plan

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2016 at 9:28 AM

    My biggest challenge is picky eaters

  • nickshalfpint  on  11/11/2016 at 10:17 AM

    My biggest challenge is getting everyone to like what I made! We're a family of 7, with very different tastebuds 😂

  • sarahawker  on  11/11/2016 at 11:12 AM

    Both working around the picky eater and fitting in actual meals around sports and afterschool activities.

  • DFed  on  11/11/2016 at 1:36 PM

    Time, always time! I'm learning more and more I've got to prep on the weekends for the week ahead!

  • pandapotamus  on  11/11/2016 at 8:09 PM

    food allergies!

  • cheftina888  on  11/12/2016 at 9:08 AM

    Definitely finding something that will please everyone especially those who are very picky and something that can be done under an hour

  • juazella  on  11/13/2016 at 9:47 PM

    Planning instead of just throwing everything together takes time

  • cookingforthefam  on  11/14/2016 at 8:08 AM

    I love to cook, but given limitations (budget, time, picky eaters, frequency of the need to cook, the need to shop), I find it an onerous chore. But probably my biggest challenge is just not having the energy.

  • sabrina7  on  11/14/2016 at 8:59 AM

    When I am cooking for my extended family (sister, parents, nieces/newphews), my biggest challenge is making something everyone will like. We eat a lot of vegetables, but my extended family does not.

  • ravensfan  on  11/14/2016 at 10:08 AM

    The biggest challenge is figuring out how much to prepare so there's enough food for everyone.

  • Larkspur  on  11/14/2016 at 4:02 PM

    Picky eaters.

  • echilt5  on  11/21/2016 at 12:35 AM

    Finding something that everyone can & will eat.

  • Dmartin997  on  11/21/2016 at 7:37 PM

    Each family member eating at different times because of individual schedules.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/21/2016 at 10:21 PM

    Meeting everyone's dietary needs and preferences without making half a dozen different dinners

  • rosiekitty  on  11/25/2016 at 10:27 AM

    Making a weekly menu plan and sticking to it... I might be a little scatterbrained sometimes.

  • t.t  on  11/26/2016 at 10:04 PM

    getting dinner ready at a reasonable time when coming home late...

  • cocecitycook  on  11/27/2016 at 2:41 AM

    Time management

  • djoh437938  on  11/27/2016 at 9:45 AM

    pleasing everyone

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  11/28/2016 at 8:58 AM

    What an exciting sounding book!

  • FieenaZ  on  11/29/2016 at 2:06 PM

    Getting organized...

  • KLeverett  on  11/30/2016 at 4:49 PM

    One big challenge for me is to try to cook a little faster. Getting better as I master more techniques.

  • nancyjnow  on  12/2/2016 at 5:32 PM

    Balancing taste, tastes, and time.

  • stephlinde  on  12/2/2016 at 7:24 PM

    One big challenges for me is the variability of my kids' appetites. The same amount of food might provide leftovers for lunch or leave me scrambling to find something to round out the meal after the kids devour everything I put out.

  • traculart  on  12/2/2016 at 9:53 PM

    For my clients my challenge is to continuously create new dishes to ensure they don't get bored and yet repeat some of their favorite dishes with some regularity.

  • JanScholl  on  12/3/2016 at 1:42 AM

    We had all sorts of diets and still do. A vegetarian, an omni, a gluten free, a no fish, and a wanna be vegetarian who could not make up their mind. It was and still is nuts.

  • mbhunt  on  12/3/2016 at 3:22 AM

    I find myself worrying if it is "good enough"

  • ptherrien  on  12/3/2016 at 6:42 AM

    I keep a workable pantry and regularly stock up on fresh veggies, meats, and seafood. We very rarely eat out, love home cooking.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  12/3/2016 at 7:40 PM

    A lack of time that has me falling back on old recipes.

  • apattin  on  12/4/2016 at 2:20 PM

    Balance the yummy with the good for you

  • tarae1204  on  12/5/2016 at 10:54 AM

    Picky eaters and finding time to prep and cook vegetables

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