Take-Out Please!

I’m an Italian woman who cannot cook! There I admitted it. Seriously I have such a hard time cooking; it’s just not something I’m really good at. I do love viewing new recipes and collecting recipe books though, at least that way it gives me great ideas that I can try to master. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t but it keeps me on my toes and keeps anything I cook very interesting. Recently I’ve been trying out more and more new recipes and I do notice I’m getting a bit better with my cooking skills, as long as I STICK TO THE RECIPE!!! (I have a hard time doing that sometimes, that’s where I mess up)

As a busy mom with not a lot of time on my hands between cleaning, taking care of the kids, running a message board and blogging I like to find quick, fast, frugal recipes to try, that’s if I’m going to cook. I notice we are really getting into the habit of using take out more and more. I think there are a lot of households that are the same way today, take out is just quick, fast and easy. It’s helpful a lot of times for moms and families.

I found an interesting book from Knock Knock called The Takeout Cookbook. The interesting thing, it’s not really a cookbook at all. It’s more of a survival guide for takeout. The Takeout Cookbook teaches you the facts behind takeout and gives you the culinary skill-set of the future.

The book includes things such as:
• How to get the most value and pleasure out of your money, time, and digestion.
• The advantages of the pickup and the downsides of the drive-thru.
• The optimum takeout temperature for your refrigerator and which containers are microwave-safe.
• When to tip and when to complain
• The difference between nigiri and temaki, Neapolitan and Sicilian.
• How to throw fabulous takeout parties, and whether or not to let your guests in your cutting-edge takeout secrets

It’s a really cute and informative book. It reminds us that do use takeout a lot that using takeout doesn’t mean we’re lazy or extravagant; it’s a sign of our progress as human beings. You’ll also find in the book some interesting and useful items such as refrigerator labels for your takeout, so you know when to toss it, Comment cards to praise or critique takeout service providers, and pockets for handy menu storage.


Want to win The Takeout Cookbook from Knock Knock? Just leave me a comment letting me know if you’re one of those ‘takeout’ families or not and how many times a month you think you do takeout.

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163 Comments to “Take-Out Please!”

  1. reb Says:

    Yes, we do takeout alot, probably 6 or 7 times a month.

    rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

  2. arbrashears Says:

    We both take out and eat out an awful lot — probably a minimum of 4 times a week.


  3. cdziuba Says:

    We do Chinese takeout 2x a month, that’s it. cdziuba@aol.com

  4. Anonymous Says:

    We do take out once a week at least. I’m somewhat cooking impaired sorry to say. Thanks for the contest. Charlotte

  5. JACLYN Says:

    We go out to eat 2X a week, used to be much more frequently when we lived with my mother in law!!!

  6. myntric Says:

    We used to eat out frequently, but it’s more apt to happen only on special occasions now.

  7. Mia J. Says:

    We have been eating out a lot less frequently but we do still do takeout about 3-4 times a month.

  8. Brandon and Lindsay Says:

    Wow, I don't cook hardly ever! My hubbie & I both work, so we eat out for lunch & a lot of times for dinner, too, because we don't feel like cooking when we get home. This would be a fun book to have!


  9. Jenn S. Says:

    We eat once a week as a family in the evenings and then DH and I eat out once a week for lunch. This cookbook sounds neat.

  10. MariaJoy Says:

    in a month? Hmmmm…we go out every Sunday, most Wed, plus I normally cheat and eat out for lunch (it’s no fun to cook for myself) Soo….about 10-15 times a month.


  11. elaine Says:

    I know take-out food isn’t the greatest for your health but I do admit to enjoying take-out on Friday nites. After a week of working and rushing around to make supper Friday is my nite off for cooking-kitchen closed!!
    Elaine R

  12. Cherie J Says:

    We do takeout about 4-5 times a month.


  13. Sandy Says:

    yes I love takeout too- we do it usually weekdays in a hurry

    mrs.mommyy at gmail.com

  14. agordon10 Says:

    we’re more sit in than takeout, but occasionaly we must take out.

  15. staceyk Says:

    We take out maybe twice a month.

  16. staceyk Says:

    also am a subscriber!

  17. Maja Says:

    Once in 2 weeks.

  18. Ginny Says:

    If we had the money, we’d be a take out family. I cannot cook to save my life.

  19. Ginny Says:

    I stumbled this post

  20. Ginny Says:

    Added your button to my contest site sidebar

  21. Tabitha Blue Says:

    Sounds like a good read! We have takeout at least a couple times a week. Trying to cut down but so busy, it’s just easier! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  22. gunzie Says:

    We have takeout once a week, it really depends on the week I have to admit. I read the review on this book and it looks like a very interesting read. I’m from Belgium and we didn’t really have a lot of takeout until we moved to the United States. It would be interesting to read this book.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    ann dot guns at mac dot com

  23. ali Says:

    We used to do takeout at least 1-2x per week but it’s getting expensive, do we’re cutting down.

    Thank you! alison523 at gmail dot com

  24. Stacy Says:

    We get sandwiches from a local sub shop weekly and maybe something else.


  25. Fangirl Jen Says:

    We probably have take-out twice a week. We need to cut down on that.

  26. K. Cleaver Says:

    I can’t waste money on take-out all the time. We probably get take-out once a month.

  27. Jason Says:

    Guilty, we do take out one day per week! Usually pizza with coupons.

    Thx Jas

    Jashogue @ gmail. com

  28. LadyBug-Kellie Says:

    We used to get take out ALL the time. but recently we have been trying not to spend any money and save so we have cut back to maybe once a month.

    ladeebug224 at hotmail dot com

  29. LadyBug-Kellie Says:

    And I subcribe by email!!

    ladeebug224 at hotmail dot com

  30. Michelle Says:

    wow we probably eat out twice a week so eight times a month.

  31. chromiumman Says:

    i’m not much of a takeout guy, but i’ll become one if it will help me win this interesting book

  32. Rebecca Says:

    We do take out about 3 times a month. We aren’t really a take out family, but I would love to know how they make all that good food!


  33. Rebecca Says:

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  34. Rebecca Says:

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  35. Rebecca Says:

    I am a subscriber!


  36. Carolsue Says:

    We go out way too often (according to hubby), and I love cookbooks–so this would be perfect!

  37. Bonnie in FL Says:

    Friday nights are take out or eat out nights I cook dinner every night and get paid on Fridays so that night I’m not cooking

    Bonnie in FL

  38. Richard Says:

    Since retiring we can’t afford take-out. We cook and eat at home about every night.

  39. sweetsue Says:

    We hardly ever do take-out. About once a month we get a u-bake pizza, but we are trying to save money and it’s cheaper to cook at home.

  40. Tobye Says:

    I am also a non-cooker, although I am trying to be to save some $$. I’d way rather takeout or eat out though.

  41. David Johnson Says:

    We usually have takeout a couple of times a month. My wife is a fantastic cook though, we usually have it when we get together with a friend. Thanks titanicluck at gmail dot com

  42. kygirl Says:

    Take out about 4 times per month.

  43. Bobby Says:

    We do take out at least 3-4 times a week.

  44. Bobby Says:

    subscriber too

  45. Kasey P Says:

    We do takeout about once a week, usually on Fridays because after a long week I usually don’t feel like cooking. What we get varies from week to week though. One time Chinese, Mexican or even just from a local mom and pop place we have there that makes excellent food.

  46. Dee Says:

    I’m soo ashamed…i’m a SAHM that does takeout…A LOT! OR those dinners in a box/bag type of things! LOL..or even better..we head over to MY mom’s for dinner 1-2 nights a week! I’m getting better at cooking….but i have to follow the recipe…i even bought a convection oven with high hopes! This book looks like loads of fun! Thanks for the chance!

  47. Anonymous Says:

    We try not to because of the economy right now (can’t really afford it) and it’s healthier to cook at home, plus it lets us bring leftovers in for lunch at work.


  48. M.A. Says:

    Guess that the only thing I’ve ever really taken out is pizza. Am basically an “eat in” type (even eat Chinese in Chinese restaurants). Mostly eat in at home however.

  49. mverno Says:

    most of the time we eat in

  50. vmkids Says:

    We atke out pizza once in awhile but we are more microwave people

  51. sarah Says:

    We don’t takeout that much but it all depends on how busy we are. I say that maybe once or twice a month we’ll do takeout.

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

  52. Terra Jones Says:

    We probably do take out 5-8 times a month…


  53. danosor Says:

    I am a subscriber.

  54. Shannon Says:

    Once or twice a month. We don’t have much for takeout food in town.

  55. DePro Says:

    We do takeout once or twice a week on days that we work late.

  56. ~Lisa~ Says:

    My daughter can really use this!

  57. Kimberly Says:

    Much to the dismay of my kids we rarely do take out. It’s more so a special “treat” for my family because it’s so much $$$$. Plus I enjoy cooking home cooked meals. However my kids would LOVE it if I could cook some of their take out favorites at home. This is a great book! Something I’m sure my family would enjoy.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    HunnyV “at” Optonline “dot” net

  58. Kimberly Says:

    I subscribe to your blog too.

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  59. Kimberly Says:

    I have your button on my blog, shescribes “dot” com.

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  60. Busy Mom in Iowa Says:

    I would love to do takeout every night, but $$ limits that option. We probably do take out 5 or more times in a month!

  61. msrodeobrat Says:

    i takeout a lot atleast 3 times a week

  62. Tammy tntdavis@gmail.com Says:

    We only have takeout once or twice a week…but my daughter…I would love to win this for her.
    She lives in Las Vegas, is single and works the graveyard shift.
    She never, ever, ever cooks. And her eating habits are not the best choices. This would be a tremndous help for her.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  63. Think about it Says:

    yes, we are a take out family. but have cut back on that big time. to save money
    but probaly 3 times a week now.

  64. Just.Me Says:

    Our schedules are so busy and I work 50 miles away from home, that we eat out every day. I think this is an interesting giveaway and would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  65. idahomom Says:

    We live in a very small town which has very few choices for food, so we never do take out.

  66. cathyhall Says:

    You are Italian and can’t cook and I’m married to an Italian and I can’t cook either.
    I eat a lot of takeout, but not always the fried kind, we do subs and salads and kebobs as well. But usually once a day at least (cringe).
    Great give away – sounds interesting about fridge temps, I’ve heard rumors that the food needs to be super cold after take out and super reheated (if I’ve got any left that is)
    thank you for the give away

  67. Roberta Says:

    I love and live in LA – in the suburbs, and its takeout central. The thing here is that most of the food is cheaper than making it youself – honestly! so we do take outs maybe 5 times a week.

    Like Tarah said though, its healthier to cook at home, so I do that on occasions. (aka rarely) Lol.

    Thanks for the contest.

    rhubbert at socal dot rr dot com

  68. Laddie Says:

    Wow this book is interesting. I like to cook a lot but if our schedule doesn’t permit, it’s takeout for sure!

    mlcmate at yahoo dot come

  69. Dianne Says:

    Great giveaway! We do takeout at least once a week (I’m embarrassed to say lol)

  70. Dianne Says:

    I follow your blog as well

  71. Dianne Says:

    and I just stumbled this giveaway!

  72. raych Says:

    *sigh* My mom is so totally health-conscious that I’m ashamed to admit we do take-out at least once a week.

  73. RE Says:

    We get take out about 3 times a month. I’m a stickler for saving money, so I like to cook at home as much as possible. Thanks

  74. Alice H Says:

    I love takeout – such a treat these days though cause money is tight. We still do it at least once a month though. Thanks for the chance! afdr3d@umkc.edu

  75. Jo Says:

    One or two times a week, it would be more but I always hung up on wanting to provide a meal and then messing it up big time!!

    Thanks for running.tfwaodr

  76. Brandy Says:

    man we do a LOT of takeout….so add me to the list of take out people lol.


    xbrandy04x at aim dot com

  77. tiff Says:

    we do takeout maybe once a week and are always looking for something different!


  78. Busy Mom in Iowa Says:

    I have blogged about your giveaway here http://busymominiowa.blogspot.com/2008/10/takeout-cookbook-giveaway.html

  79. Mrs. Watermelon's Kitchen Says:

    I love takeout! Chinese is my favorite! jmwaterman@live.com

  80. Mya Says:

    I rarely get take out. Like once a month. Since it’s just me and I love to cook…


  81. Sara G Says:

    I really like cooking, but we do get takeout once a week to give me a break!

  82. Julie D Says:

    Back at the beginning of the year, my hubby ran a report in Quicken. We were spending over $100 a week at restaurants. (We had had some sickness and stuff during that time.) We cut WAAAAAY back.

  83. Natasha Says:

    We used to be a takeout family when it was just myself and my husband, but since our son has been born and I’m home all the time we hardly ever eat out (and boy did I not realize how much we was spending on it!) We still treat ourselves maybe twice a month 🙂

  84. Xenia S Says:

    I’d like to say that we don’t do takeout that often, but with a two-year-old and a baby due in two months there are days that I just can’t bring myself to cook so I make my husband pick something up on the way home. This probably happens about 5 times a month. It would also help if I actually knew how to cook, but that’s a different comment altogether.


  85. chris Says:

    we love take out. but with costs rising we have scaled back to may 1 or 2 times a week.

  86. Heather R Says:

    We are not a takeout family yet, but we have a newborn and takeout is becoming a very attractive option. Right now we order takeout about three times a month.

  87. megankortepeter Says:

    We do take out quite a lot b/c we both work long hours and there’s never time or energy left to prepare something.

  88. SeahorseLady Says:

    We normally do “take out” about once a week. Everyone gets a turn on where to go for our take out.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  89. SeahorseLady Says:

    I’m also a subscriber.

  90. angela Says:

    We do takeout quite a bit because my husband and I both work full-time. There isn’t much time to cook meals during the week.

  91. Millie Says:

    I am a fligt attendant and my family can not stand the smell of the Chinese food I love so when I am on layovers I always order Chinese!! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

  92. Millie Says:

    I am a subscriber!

  93. Karen Says:

    We do takeout about once every two weeks, maybe once a week if we are really busy 🙂


  94. momaloney Says:

    We normally eat take out about 1-2 a week. I like to cut that down, but sure appreciate the eating of food without having to clean up!

  95. Kerrie Says:

    We do takeout a lot. Sounds like this book would be an awesome read!


  96. Kerrie Says:

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  97. Kerrie Says:

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  98. mamabean Says:

    My daughter could use this for her family. I’m on my own so it’s not a big deal with me.

  99. 1stopmom Says:

    Oh my goodness, I eat a lot of takeout. Only because when it gets late, it seems so easy to run and get takeout. It is usually for just me and my hubby though. I am good at cooking for the kids. as a matter of fact, I am thinking about asking my hubby to go get some. What is really sad is I know it is cheaper to eat in. We eat takeout at least 3 times a week.


  100. Icetwofire Says:

    I am a GM of a restaurant and work some crazy hrs. My son, who is 15 does it alot of prepared food, not so much take out.

  101. karen and co. Says:

    When I was pregnant, we ate take-out almost every night! I was too sick to cook and my hubby…well, he just doesn’t cook. This would be a great book to have before we get pregnant with #2.

  102. Heather Says:

    We eat take out about twice a month. I love take out but as soon as we pay I have awful guilt, it is SO expensive!

  103. Kimberly Says:

    We’re a big takeout family, I gotta say! We eat takeout about 4-5 times a month.


  104. pancak Says:

    We’re not huge takeouters; I’d rather eat out (so someone else can clean up) than takeout. 🙂 Maybe once a month. But I’d love to learn more about it.

  105. Smooshy Says:

    We do takeout once a week more or less.

  106. mom2bears Says:

    Yes, we do a lot of takeout. My husband travels and sometimes it’s just easier to pick something up than to cook for my picky eaters. aewalls425@hotmail.com

  107. Lori Says:

    We take out more often than I’d like…. probably once a week.

  108. LINDALSHOT Says:

    Maybe two times a month…can’t Afford it!

  109. paula h Says:

    We only do takeout a couple of times a month.

  110. blueviolet Says:

    We probably do takeout twice a month or so.

  111. blueviolet Says:

    I’m subscribed too.

  112. InMyHeart01 Says:

    we eat out alot but we are trying to cut back

  113. Deb Says:

    We can’t afford to do takeout much, but we love takeout food and the convience of it. Would love to win the cookbook

  114. Erica G Says:

    We are a take out family. We probably take out 10 times a month. I am trying to get that down to about 4 times a month or less.

    egreca (at) hotmail {dot} com

  115. Katie Lyons Says:

    We’re trying our best not to be since there’s a chance we might be getting a house soon *fingers crossed* Though when me and my husband were dating, we ate out almost every day, sometimes twice a day. Needless to say we noth gained a lot of weight, luckily that was awhile ago. Though I always wonder how much money we wasted on eating out sll the time…
    This book looks like so much fun, thanks so much!

  116. Kristine Michelle Says:

    We do takeout a LOT. Probably shouldn’t, but….
    I could sure use this cookbook!

  117. MageMorgana Says:

    Yes, we are a takeout family..although I also love to cook, we can average 2 to 3 times a week 😉


  118. justicecw Says:

    We get too much takeout about 8 times per month so this would help us! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

  119. yellowlabs Says:

    We takeout about twice a month.

  120. Anonymous Says:

    Honestly, if I could afford it, I’d do takeout every weeknight! I love to cook, but not so much after a long day at work. As it stands, we usually order on Thursdays and Fridays.


  121. michele3873 Says:

    Also I am a subscriber!

  122. Anonymous Says:

    It seems like we never do anymore, but I wish!


  123. stokesmichellebrandy Says:

    We are guilty!! We eat out more than we should..probably three night a week!! Sometimes its cheaper if we go somewhere the kids eat free, we have 4 boys and they eat a lot!!

  124. Anonymous Says:

    I am not a takeout family; at most twice a month.


  125. Sahm Lee Says:

    We aren’t a big takeout family. We usually only do take-out once a month unless it’s one of those insane universe upsidedown kinda weeks! Thanks for the contest!

  126. kat Says:

    my husban and I do takeout maybe 2-3 times a month. I enjoy cooking at home but every now and then we all need a break. Thanks for the great giveaway

  127. silverbele Says:

    I rarely do takeout because for the same price we can eat at the restaurant and let them clean up the mess. Now there are times when I was too ill to leave the house then my husband brings home dinner.

  128. Jen Says:

    we take out quite often. either lunch or dinner at least twice a week. Thanks 🙂

  129. Lenora Says:

    Oh my we have take out like 5 times a week. johnlenoraplus2@yahoo.com

  130. purplepassion126 Says:

    We usually take out on the weekends, so about 5-8 times a month.

  131. zoe hunter Says:

    We used to eat a lot more takeout, but since I have been on a diet, we eat healthier 🙂 Thanks for the contest.

  132. masonsgranny59 Says:

    We do take out at least 3-4 times a week.

  133. psalmstress Says:

    With super busy schedules and a family that fights over whose turn it is to do dishes we are a takeout family. 6-10 times a month on average, more during the school year

  134. Brooke Says:

    We’re takeout bingers. We can do takeout for months in a row and then burn out and cook with much promises. Inevitably, though, it’s back to takeout. That’s what happens when you live in a city with a small kitchen and little food storage space.

  135. lisawonbig Says:

    I’ve been trying to cut back on takeout, but I probably still do it 3-4 times a month.

  136. redjennschroed Says:

    That book is so meant for us. We will do takeout on average 2-3 times a WEEK. That’s really bad, but it’s just very hard with all of our busy schedules to always eat a cooked meal at home.


  137. Anonymous Says:

    thanks for the topic
    I can’t cook,actually ,the only homemade food which I eat is the food which my mom cooks 🙂
    hope to win to help me when I get married .

  138. jnmacdonald Says:

    We definitely do take-out, about 4 times a week.

  139. Whitney Says:

    We eat takeout pretty much daily. Sad, I know. both of us are very poor at cooking.

  140. Shannon Says:

    I cook four nights a week, my husband is SUPPOSED to cook once/wk but that usually means we have take out 3 nights a wk. Gosh thats a lot but I guess I try to reconcile it in my mind by getting chicken a lot. It would be nice to get this book so I could read how to not feel so guilty about eating takeout.

  141. AICORP Says:

    we’re actually pretty good at cooking dinners so we usually only have take-out once a week occassionally twice.

  142. klp1965 Says:

    we do takeout maybe 3 times a month 🙂

  143. Yasmine Says:

    well my husband owns a sandwich deli so when i dont want to cook i call him up, maybe we do take out(ither than my hubbys place) about 3-times a month. i love cooks books of all kinds! yay its open to Canada.. i love getting things in the mail- but i never do :s

    yasmineo142 athotmaildotcom

  144. theolotto Says:

    We do take out about once a week.

  145. amyd29 Says:

    I cook 5-6 days a week&eat out once a week!

  146. donna444444 Says:

    We eat out 2-3 times a week.

  147. donna444444 Says:

    I subscribed.

  148. purango Says:

    I’m one of those “take outs’. I do take out probably five or six times a month. garrettsambo@aol.com

  149. Gianna Says:

    We don’t do it too often but had some 2 nights ago.

  150. bndraldy Says:

    We have been eating out a lot less frequently due to the economy, but we do still do takeout about 5-7 times a month. It actually costs us less, in many cases, to order out. One nice dinner usually feeds two adults and we don’t worry about leftovers. When I cook, I do fix enough to freeze if it is something like soup, stew, spaghetti, etc. We also have a wider variety of foods to eat if we order out. Some things were just not meant to be cooked in small batches. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  151. Bakersdozen Says:

    I do cook, but with all the cooking that I do for a large family, I feel entitled to takeout once in awhile. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  152. Jinxy and Me Says:

    I have tried to cut down a lot so we only take out maybe 3-4 times per month.

  153. Helen Says:

    We used to take out at least three times a week but in this economy we’ve decided to cut corners and no longer do takeout at all!

  154. Rockin' Mama Says:

    Unfortunately we do takeout more often than I’d like…sometimes several days a week. Yikes!

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

  155. Samantha P Says:

    we only do take-out if we have a coupon for something, so like once a month, we always have a lot of food in the fridge, so we eat that

  156. Samantha P Says:

    also a subscriber!

  157. Kitty Says:

    I usually only eat fast food if I’m already out shopping.

  158. Heather Says:

    We go out once a week, and take out twice a month, if that.

  159. - Marybeth I. Says:

    I eat out at work but at home we do fast food 1x a week (gymnastics night) and order in 1x (pizza or chinese)

  160. lilyk Says:

    I do takeout once or twice a month.

  161. lilyk Says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

  162. taysmommy Says:

    usd to be more but now that Im home its usually twice a week/

  163. taysmommy Says:

    have your button!

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