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The Great American Supper Swap

by Trish Berg

Reviewed by Cheryl Russell

"...an innovative idea for helping busy moms find more time in their hectic day."

Solve the busy woman’s family dinnertime dilemma with supper swapping.

Author Trish Berg presents an innovative idea for helping busy moms find more time in their hectic day with her latest book, The Great American Supper Swap. Berg says supper swapping can also build friendships and provide opportunities to help a neighbor.

So, what is supper swapping? It’s when several women gather together and agree to cook meals for each other’s families. Each woman has a day where she cooks for all those in the group and then delivers the meals. You can have as few as two people, but three or four works better. On the days you don’t cook, a hot meal is delivered to your door. Supper swapping is sometimes called co-op cooking, but supper swapping is a better term since you don’t cook together, but rather swap meals prepared individually. By swapping dinners with four other women, Ms. Berg only has to cook one week night, which gives her 208 cooking-free evenings annually—an 80% reduction from when only she did the cooking.

The first part of The Great American Supper Swap makes a strong argument for bringing the family back to the dinner table. Statistics and other information show how few American families actually partake of their meals at the dinner table these days. Berg says by sitting down with your children during dinner, you not only see what’s going in their mouths, but get to hear what’s coming out.

The Great American Supper Swap includes a recipe section, as well as dinner prayers, inspirational scriptures, a Q & A area, and many other sections. If you think supper swapping might be just the thing you need to free up some much needed time and get you out of the kitchen, check out The Great American Supper Swap.

Cheryl Russell lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children. Her short stories, as well as a few articles, have been published in print and online. She's loved to read for as long as she can remember and puts all that time to good use writing book reviews for Infuze, Novel Reviews, and Title Trakk. She's also a member of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, FIRST network, Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and American Christian Fiction Writers. She's currently working on her first novel. If she could, she'd spend her time hanging out in the thermal areas of Yellowstone in general, Norris Geyser Basin in particular. Another favorite spot is Kennicott, an old copper mining town in Wrangel-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, which is at the end of a 60 mile dirt road, 8 hours west of Anchorage. She and her family are frequent hikers in the national parks, and have pounded the dirt trails in Virginia, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. You can visit her at her blog, Unseen Worlds or at her website.