The Dinner Doctor

The Doctor is back curing dinner woes! Anne Byrn does for dinner what she did for dessert – showing how to take simple supermarket ingredients and turn them into meals that taste like they’re made from scratch. Making excellent use of the slow cooker, incorporating hundreds of shortcuts and tips, and cooking from a pantry of prepared foods – whether canned, frozen, jarred, dried, or fresh from the salad bar – the Dinner Doctor shows how to make over 200 fast and kid-friendly appetizers, salads, soups, sides, and main courses. Take, for example, a can of tuna, and think outside the sandwich: Add beans, tomato, and a vinaigrette, and it becomes a Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad. Or turn that healthy mixture into a warm salad by adding cooked penne.

Why I wrote this book

Like my other books, this idea was conceived on book tour. At each and every book signing busy parents wanted to know what I cooked for dinner. Cakes may be a passion, but dinner is a necessity for all of us. And in keeping with my cake books, busy cooks wanted to know how I blended from-scratch with convenient foods like a bag of salad, pre-roasted chicken, and seasoned canned tomatoes. Many of these recipes, such as my easy vegetable soup, form the basis of how I cook day in and day out for my family.

My favorite recipes:

  • Tennis Team Salsa
  • Curried Chicken and Artichoke Casserole
  • Slow Cooker White Chili

Recipes my kids love:

  • Susan’s Chicken Potpie
  • Mom’s Pot Roast
  • Pat’s Mini Ham Biscuits

Recipes my friends love:


The Dinner Doctor is a treasure trove of clever quick-fixes ”
—The Asbury Park Press

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Put on your favorite apron, plug in the mixer, and get ready to bake some memories. I've dreamed of creating a yellow cake mix that gets its color from butter and eggs, not artificial colors, and its scent from Madagascar vanilla.