Review: The Newlywed Cookbook & Giveaway

by Erin

It’s about that time of year – wedding season. Which means it’s the perfect time to take a look at Robin Miller’s The Newlywed Cookbook. Robin is the host of the Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals, as well as a nutritionist and a New York Times bestselling author. With over 200 recipes, The Newlywed Cookbook celebrates couples coming together over food, with recipes and tips for everything from quick and intimate meals to sit-down dinner parties with friends. The cookbook also comes with a simple guide explaining the different herbs and spices, cooking terms, and equipment used in the recipes to make sure those wedding gifts are getting used!

Newlywed Cookbook

Just in case you are thinking the same thing I did when hearing about this cookbook, it is not a cookbook strictly for 2-serving recipes. Originally I was disappointed, particularly in the dessert section because most of the recipes make regular sized batches of cakes, cookies, pies, etc. But I had to step back and correct myself, because newlywed-simple recipes does not mean only two servings.

That being said, the majority of the entrees are for 4 servings which means when cooing for two, you would cook one night and eat leftovers the next! I’m pretty sure that does met the definition of newlywed-simple recipes and definitely makes dinner time easier than recipes that only serve 2. Who wants to cook every single night? And then there are some recipes that serve 8 or more for when you have family or friends over for dinner. Conveniently, there are even entire menus laid out for such occasions, and even for the holidays such as New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, Sunday brunch, Super Bowl, picnics, breakfast in bed and dinner with the in-laws.

For example, the Valentine’s Day menu consists of broiled lobster tails, asparagus with tomato vinaigrette, cumin basmati pilaf, and mixed berry shortcake. No that lobster excited me, but seeing that the dessert only make two servings I jumped on it since I usually cook for one. The shortcakes were very easy to make and could even be made in advance along with the filling in order for quick assembly later. As for the cakes, they were the perfect amount of crumbly and soft for my ideal shortcake. Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream on top!

Mixed Berry Shortcake

I also made the Penne with Andouille and Parmesan. This recipe was very simple yet had a lot of great flavors. The best part about this recipe was that it was ready in under 30 minutes. In fact the majority of the recipes in this cookbook are quick to prepare, which should make any newlywed couple cooking on a weeknight happy. Not only is it delicious, but it gets into your hungry post-work belly faster.

Penne with Andouille and Parmesan

Know someone getting hitched soon? Enter to win a copy of this cookbook and it would be a great gift for the new couple! Or just keep it for yourself, you don’t have to be married to enjoy good recipes. US & CANADA ONLY.
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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this cookbook from Sourcebooks, and are providing the giveaway. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Stacey May 16, 2013 - 9:09 pm

My favorite weeknight meal is leftovers.

Megan May 15, 2013 - 12:59 pm

This looks amazing! My favorite quick and easy meal to whip up is quiche!! So versatile and soooo delicious.

Jill Hartley May 14, 2013 - 9:36 am

My tips: Use a crock pot as much as you can if you are a busy family! Also… menu plan!

Cindy Brickley May 13, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Seafood and Pasta is our favorite week nite meal. I would love to win this cookbook for my son. He is getting married this summer and she needs this cookbook.

rachel May 13, 2013 - 12:57 pm

I like making Chinese stirfry!

susan May 12, 2013 - 8:11 pm

My daughter is getting married soon and I would love to share this cookbook with her.! How special!!!

Laurie Griffith May 11, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Vegetable Lasagna

Blake Kaplan May 11, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Tacos are a popular meal in my house for a mid-week dinner.

Shannon S. May 11, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Recently engaged and looking forward to married life but it is going to be different to be preparing meals not just for one most nights. My usual go to meal for just me is a bowl of cereal so I guess my habits are going to be changing. I love to cook but since it has just been for me I don’t.

jenny May 11, 2013 - 6:21 am

I’m not a newlywed but I am almost an empty nester and learning how to cook for a couple again after 22 years is going to be hard!

Rachel Rusticus May 11, 2013 - 12:09 am

Pasta and a salad, so many different versions!

Theresa J May 10, 2013 - 9:22 pm

I like making salsa chicken because it is super easy

Leslie May 10, 2013 - 8:36 pm

A favorite easy weeknight meal is to dice a tomato and mix it with jarred pesto, salt, and pepper. Toss with warm pasta and parmesan.

maureen May 10, 2013 - 8:09 pm

mac & cheese with Canadian Bacon is easy for us.

ASHLEY -BAKER BY NATURE May 10, 2013 - 7:49 pm

I love making quick pasta meals during the week, and then just tossing a salad or something together quickly to join it.

Anne May 10, 2013 - 7:27 pm

My favorite weeknight meal is leftovers! Things like beef stew, lasagna, or roast chicken are perfect for making on the weekends, then reheating in minutes for a quick but good meal during the week.

stephanie May 10, 2013 - 7:21 pm

My advice is marry someone who isn’t picky and likes leftovers! :)

kesha May 10, 2013 - 6:08 pm

My favorite week night meal is lasagna. It is easy to prepare the night before or on the weekend and freeze it and when you are ready for it just pull it out and bake!

Roberta Breuer May 10, 2013 - 6:01 pm

My favorite weeknight meal (and weekend meal as well!) would have to be salad done any which way, topped with chicken. I’ll make a lime vinaigrette or use bottled. I’ll use leftover chicken or throw some in a brine and then grill. I’ve even used leftover chicken fajitas on salad. Anything goes and I stay relatively healthy!!

Kaylin May 10, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Favorite weeknight meal with my man is seasoned pork chops on the cast iron skillet with sauteed mushrooms and green beans. :)

darlene May 10, 2013 - 12:03 pm

My son & future daughter-in-law are getting married this August….what an awesome gift this would be for them both! :)

Zainab May 10, 2013 - 9:28 am

This book looks great!! I have two weddings this summer and this would make for great shower presents.

PS: My favorite weeknight meal is a quick stir-fry with veggies.

Megan S. May 10, 2013 - 7:44 am

I would have to say Tacos/Enchiladas are the easiest, and still tasty, meal for me to make! This book would be perfect considering that I’m getting married in a couple months!

Joanne May 10, 2013 - 7:29 am

I have a ton of weddings to go this summer and I think this is going to have to be included in all of my wedding gifts because I’m pretty sure none of the brides-to-be know how to cook! Love it!

spiffycookie May 10, 2013 - 9:18 am

Me too, and I am a bridesmaid in 3 of them!


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