The One Year Project

Have you ever wondered if anyone goes through Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners cookbook one recipe at a time for an entire year? Seems like an impossible feat, but the One Year Project proves us wrong. H, L and Baby A are going through the entire cookbook, starting at recipe one and ending at 366 (there's one bonus one for Christmas pasta).

After watching the Food Network for awhile, H thought it was odd that "people can watch elaborate meals being prepared on TV all day, then stick a frozen pizza in the oven...." After picking up 365: No Repeats, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners, H and her family decided to work their way through the entire book:

We have decided to follow the book from start to finish. No matter the recipe, no matter whether we want to eat what is in the book, no matter whether it’s a blazing hot summer’s day and Rachael says we should have roast lamb. That’s what we’re going to do.

H started the One Year Project site to hold the family accountable, on the theory that "[p]hotos and reports will stop us eating what we want, when we want, when we want it."

When I saw the One Year Project, I was stunned! I wrote to H to tell her that she didn't have to make them all in a row, that Rachael included little "It's a Keeper" and "Save for Later" boxes on each page so that she could skip around. But she was having none of it! She said they were committed to move through it day by day in effort to avoid the cheating that might occur if they went out of order. Also, if they skipped recipes, the end would be filled with meals they tried to avoid.

I think we all know that I am a huge Rachael Ray fan, but I don't think I could do what the One Year Project is documenting. Could you?

10 comments:

  1. This is a similar idea to what Julie Powell did when she cooked her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. 500+ recipes in a year. She ended up writing a book about it. Maybe these folks will have similar luck. :)

    I, personally, couldn't stick to something like that. I need the flexibility to be able to go out or if I'm deathly ill and don't feel like eating, etc.

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  2. Me too, Home Cook. There are times I just don't want to cook and I don't have the determination to fight through it like H does!

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  3. I could never do that. some stuff in there just does'nt spark my interest. But the fact that theyre powering through the whole book would actually make a really cool segment on Rachael's show. And she'd probably get a kick out of it herself.

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  4. I know some peeps from her show stop by here now and then, so hopefully they will learn about her. I don't get the sense that she's doing it for self-promotion, but more for the challenge. Maybe H will stop by and tell us!

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  5. I have to say... they are super ambitious! Not something I could do, but I think it would be fun to try. Imagine all of the different flavors and things they will taste in the name of research.

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  6. Kristen - except when they ate mac and cheese for like four days in a row....

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  7. Geez, seems overly anal to me. I could/would never be that strict. I know people love them, but I will not eat beets or kale or ... I dunno, maybe I'm kind of finicky. But why would I spend the time and money to make a meal that will probably go to waste?

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  8. See, I wouldn't say anal. I'd say determined! She knows that if they don't do it that way they will get stuck eating meals they don't like at the end, which makes perfect sense.

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  9. My friend and I tried a similar project but we quit after a month or so. I'm excited that someone else is giving it a try. Since they are doing the recipes in order, it kind of adds to the anticipation (of how the dish turns out) since we know what will be next. I wish them the best!

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  10. Di - H sounds like she's going to do the whole thing to me. She sounds very determined, don't you think?

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