Sunday, August 23, 2009

Book: The Duggars: 20 and Counting!

Although we don't have cable television, one would have to be completely media free to miss the hoopla over the Duggar family who, I believe, currently have 18 biological children. With a paltry five children, I was very interested to read the book to find out how they organize their lives.

Want to know what shocked me?

Their eatin'!

My preconceived notion was something in line with "The Waltons." I figured they'd can, make everything homemade, etc. Instead, I was a bit flabbergasted by the favorite recipes they included with the book. It's all cans of chili, fritos, cans of cream-of-this-n-that soup, tatertots, cans of evaporated milk, sticks of butter, frozen hash browns, boxed mac-n-cheese, etc. With all the talk in the book of their "frugal lifestyle," the ingredient lists of processed food after food astounded me. At first I felt sorry for the older girls who had taken over the family cooking. But after reading it, I realized that no one is cooking! They just dump cans, boxes, and bags into pans and call it good.

Apparently, "The Duggars spend about $3,000 each month on groceries, diapers, and miscellaneous items such as shampoo and detergent." With all those kids, one would think it's time to start a garden??? Or wash dishes??? (They use paper plates for meals!!!!)

Anybody else read this?


Jennifer said...

I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Actually, that is the funniest thing I have read in a long time.
That is amazing that they do not have a garden or anything. By building their own home, you would think they enjoyed work and outdoors. Oh Well. I guess being on tv makes you have no time for food planning......Next summer with two kiddos we will have a garden.

Julie said...

I haven't read the book - but have looked at some of their recipes online and came to the same conclusion. Cans and cans and more cans....sodium and sodium and more sodium. bleh!

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