Here’s my verdict on The Stocked Kitchen: One Grocery List . . . Endless Recipes by Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins.
To Read: Yes. You have to read this cookbook because it’s more about the plan of cooking from one grocery list than it is about the recipes. The beginning section explains the concept and how to get started. There are also sections on menu planning and detailed information about the items on the grocery list.
To Look At: No. This book does not have high-production value. There are some photos of recipes, but they are grouped together in a couple of sections (like you often find in biographies).
To Cook From: Yes. I think there are a lot of well-constructed, simple recipes that are family friendly. That being said, these are not gourmet recipes. When you are dealing with a limited pantry, there is only so much you can cook. Besides the Crab Rangoon, I have made the Pasta Carbonara, Chicken Potpie, and several other recipes.
I like this idea and think it’s probably a good way to think about cooking for a family, especially if you work outside the home too. Where I get caught up is in the exact list of ingredients and the recipes, which may or may not work for your family. If you had time to sit down and work it out, you could probably create your own grocery list based on recipes that you cook over and over. The grocery list in my cookbook (there are newer editions) did contain a fair amount of items that might not be considered healthy, and did not really leave room for vegetarian or gluten-free options.
My final recommendation is that I think this cookbook is worth checking out to see if this concept works for your family. It might take some tweaking, but if it can make your menu planning and grocery shopping a little more pleasant, it’s worth a try!