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Cookbook Review – Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

Updated on March 12, 2011
Authors Dena Gunn and Wona Miniati
Authors Dena Gunn and Wona Miniati

Are you a fan of Trader Joe's? Since the supermarket company is one of the most rapidly growing chain of grocery stores in the U.S., chances are that you are not alone! There are plenty of reasons why Trader Joe's is such a popular option among discriminating grocery shoppers. The company specializes in carrying all natural foods produced using environmentally responsible practices, making shopping at TJ's, as the gourmet grocery chain is affectionately known, a great option for those who are trying to "green" their lifestyles.

If you enjoy shopping at T.J.'s and you're interested in a collection of simple and healthful recipes your family members are sure to enjoy, then you'll love Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's. Unlike many brand-specific publications, Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's was not commissioned by the supermarket chain. Instead, the book was penned by college chums Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati who share a passion for the amazing selection of quality natural foods available from Trader Joe's.

After realizing that they both share a passion for shopping at T.J.'s and preparing creative meals with the natural ingredients found in the store, Gunn and Minati had an idea for sharing their kitchen successes with others. The two decided to join forces to draft a cookbook designed to share their simple recipes that include the basic ingredients available at the more than 300 (and expanding) TJ's located across the country.

Each of the recipes in Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's is an original dish created by the authors. The recipes are very easy to prepare, requiring very little assembly time and using only ingredients that can be found at Trader Joe's. As young moms themselves, the authors made a point of including many dishes that their own children love, providing simple ideas for creating healthful meals for every member of the family.

Recipe Examples from Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

With a broad selection of recipes ranging from appetizers perfect for parties or to get a meal started through desserts that can put a finishing touch on the most special of meal occasions, there's something in the book (probably several items, actually!) that is sure to become a family favorite in every household.

Among the many terrific recipe ideas you'll find in Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's are:

  • Creamy Lemony Linguine
  • Corny-Copia Bean and Veggie Casserole
  • Go Go Mango Chicken
  • Herb Goat Cheese Log
  • Mint Condition Sundae
  • Olive Stuffed Bread
  • Prosciutto-wrapped Scallops
  • Tortellini and Chicken Sausage Soup
  • Many additional recipe ideas


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    Carrie 7 years ago

    I tried the Almond Pudding and it was a complete disaster that I ended up tossing. No, it never did set up even though I followed directions word-for-word. Being an experienced cook, I suspect that an egg or two would have made a world of difference. This is evidently not a tested cook book and co-authors have probably spent little time in any kitchen. The Green Garbanzo Salad is good, but I used edamame because TJ's does not carry Green Garbanzos. Nor do they carry Perlini Super Tiny Fresh Mozzarella. Bottom line: I'm returning the book tomorrow for a full refund.