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Joy of Cooking Frozen Meals: Love It or Hate It?

First published in 1931, the Joy of Cooking has been considered the definitive cookbook for more than the last half-century, and is credited with helping to demystify cooking for home chefs. But the culinary classic is now poising itself to become the star of another market: the frozen-food segment.

Bellisio Foods, the company behind Michelina's meals, is testing a Joy of Cooking line in 3,500 grocery stores in 23 markets, including Boston, Louisville, Orlando, and Rochester.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Perhaps the Joy of Cooking has, ahem, oversimplified itself. Should it change its name to the "Joy of Reheating"?


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jann0107 jann0107 8 years
I just had the mac & cheese and loved it. Something I should be able to make, but don't. It was easy to cook. You just throw it in a pan, cover & cook 6-8 minutes. For topping, just add butter to bread crumbs and toast in pan 2-3 minutes.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
I'm undecided. I haven't tried them so I can't judge.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
Ugh! Michelina's is awful so I'm sure these will be just as bad.
EuroFAB EuroFAB 8 years
YUCK! Eating frozen food is so unhealthy and gross! How hard is it to steam some vegetables, grill some chicken/salmon and VOILA! Your dinner is done and its HEALTHY! and it took GASP! only 15 minutes.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Frozen food always tastes overly processed and fake to me. Can't do it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm a bit undecided about this one. surprisingly i've never really been into the book so i don't know if the frozen meals would really be anything overly tempting to me.
jopperma jopperma 8 years
Hate. Read the book and cook for yourself! It will be better for you, cheaper and tastier!
gourmetsugar gourmetsugar 8 years
This is not Joy of Cooking. This is Joy of NOT Cooking. I hate it...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
People are getting so lazy these days!
26rosebud 26rosebud 8 years
I'm behind mave's comment 100%. That's exactly how I feel. I'm not getting the connection behind the book and the frozen line as they cannot be the recipes from the book followed to a T.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
As much as I hate frozen food and watch my caloric intake, this seems like a pretty viable brand extension if done right..but that's a big IF.
mave mave 8 years
As someone who uses Joy of Cooking almost daily, I feel like the idea of Joy of Cooking frozen meals is somewhat contrary to the goals of the cookbook. Almost seems like a cash grab, and I don't care what anybody says, it's always better -- better taste, better for you -- when you make it yourself.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I haven't seen these, so would really have to be able to read the nutritional labels and actually taste them first. I usually keep a stash of lean cuisines at work, in case I am too busy and can't grab lunch!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
awww this makes me sad for America...
animatedpunk animatedpunk 8 years
It makes me think of the movie Ratatouille :( When the chef is trying to use the legacy of the restaurant to sell crappy frozen meals.
miznic miznic 8 years
What is the joy of cooking, if all it is, is the joy of REHEATING?!
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 8 years
shoneyjoe- you are exactly right. that was my other issue. for the calories i dont mind taking the time to make some yummy mac and cheese and thought this would have been better than it turned out to be.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I don't eat frozen food. Well, that's not true. I only eat one frozen dish. Stouffer's French Bread Pizza. It's my guilty pleasure when I don't feel like cooking and am hung over.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I don't hate much, but I took a look at the nutritional information on those things a little while ago. They're *wretched* for you!
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 8 years
i tried the mac and cheese. it was interesting and a little rich. i dont know how to describe the taste other than oddly buttery, tasty, but still a hmm.
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