Synopses & Reviews
Recipes and strategies for bringing back the family meal
When first published in 2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn's Mad Hungry met with critical acclaim, but it wasn't just the media that fell hard for this book--it was mothers everywhere, who embraced her message to bring back the family meal and loved the ease, simplicity, and robust goodness of her recipes. The book went on to launch a TV series (Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn) and now, with over 65,000 copies sold, it is available in a paperback edition that will reach a yet wider audience.
In Mad Hungry, Scala Quinn shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals, dinners that yield fabulous leftovers, and dishes that are a cinch to stretch fore extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfasts will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her techniques that help make homemade meals second nature, nourishing both diner and cook, Scala Quinn offers empowering advice on how to feed one's family's spirits as well as fill their bellies.
"Television host and Martha Stewart Living's Executive Food Director, Quinn forays into the tricky world of feeding men with this colorful volume, awash in Stewart's clean, classy and crowd-pleasing aesthetic. Though the emphasis is on men, Quinn's instructions keep the whole family in mind, especially the woman doing the cooking: tips on shopping with kids, stretching leftovers, stocking the freezer and finding healthy drinks are welcome considerations. Quinn's tendency to ramble can be amusing (getting fresh eggs from Martha Stewart herself) but are largely unnecessary; when she cuts the chatter and rolls up her sleeves, classic fare such as omelets, Italian Pressed Sandwiches, roast chicken and spaghetti with meatballs (in a from-scratch tomato sauce) make a strong impression. Moreover, her Brined and Oven-Roasted Turkey should become a regular Thanksgiving centerpiece. Still, Quinn isn't reinventing the wheel here, just offering a hip presentation for a solid list of standards. Aficionados of Everyday Food and Martha Stewart Living will get the most out of the book, but those new to the kitchen will find Quinn a helpful shoulder to lean on in the face of an important family dinner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Those new to the kitchen will find Quinn a helpful shoulder to lean on.”
“Simple and enticing recipes.”
—Time Out Chicago
“A lively and down-to-earth tome that delivers a heaping plateful of recipes . . . that don’t cost a bundle.”
—Philadelphia Daily News
“Not only a slew of delicious, reliable and eminently doable recipes, but a strategic approach to food preparation.”
—Contra Costa Times
“It reads like a cookbook for the modern mom and an ode to family togetherness.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Hearty, peacekeeping fare.”
“A knock-out book.”
Bring back the family meal!
Four hungry brothers. Three ravenous sons. A husband who loves to eat. Lucinda Scala Quinn has spent much of her life feeding the men and boys in her life and teaching them how to feed themselves. Now Scala Quinn—chef, television personality, and Martha Stewart Omnimedia's resident food guru—shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen.
She provides recipes for single-skillet meals and dinners that yield fabulous leftovers and that are a cinch to stretch for extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfast will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Scala Quinn's recipes are easy to prepare, affordable, and so good that even the most finicky eater will want to dig in.
Along with her cooking techniques and survival strategies ("Never be caught without bacon"), Quinn muses about life in a predominantly male household and provides empowering advice to feed guys' spirits as well as fill their bellies. With her help, homemade meals become second nature, nourishing both diner and cook.
Scala Quinn has spent much of her life feeding the men and boys in her life and teaching them how to feed themselves. Now this chef and television personality shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable and get men to manage in the kitchen.
About the Author
Lucinda Scala Quinn is Executive Director of Food and Entertaining at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Her Mad Hungry kitchenware line is sold exclusively through QVC, where she is a regular guest. She and her husband have three grown sons, who still come home to eat—even when they’re the ones doing the cooking. Scala Quinn is the author of four cookbooks, most recently Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys and Mad Hungry Cravings.