Type in the words “Menu planner template” in Google and see how many different versions are out there for moms to try to tackle that daily question, “What’s for dinner?” Even with the hundreds of cookbooks (yes, that is the truth) that I own, the biggest challenges in our household every night is how to make a dinner that’s creative, cost-effective, quick, healthy and tasty. It’s not that I don’t have recipes, it’s just that everything else gets in the way of me trying to tap into my inner June Cleaver. After a long day, it’s hard to deliver the goods and then get to all the other things that need to get done. But I can’t even eat the same 7 meals a week. But let’s be honest, the kids probably don’t care if dinner was showcased in this month’s Food and Wine Magazine.
What’s a mom to do?
THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket by Cookstr.com founding editor-in-chief and mother of 2, Katie Workman, promises that no meal will be boring ever again! She delivers solutions to the 20 most common cooking dilemmas that every modern mom faces, providing recipes and tips for parents who are so baffled by their kids’ food preferences that mealtime has become a minefield. Because Katie knows what it’s like to be a mom in the kitchen, her recipes also include special Fork in the Road suggestions (which lets you make one basic dish while still catering to different tastes,) as well as Make Ahead sidebars (recipes you can prepare in advance and store in the fridge or freezer for a quick, tasty, and healthy meal during the hectic week) and What the Kids Can Do sidebars (so instead of them getting in your way, you can include the kids in cooking dinner!)
THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK presents 5 solutions to each of the 20 most common kitchen dilemmas, including: The Overnight Vegetarian Convert; Salad-Rejectors; Breakfast on a Harried School Morning; The Fish-o-Phobe; Snacks That Don’t Come in a Crinkly Bag.
Each of the 100 recipes is complemented by mouthwatering color photographs taken by Todd Coleman, executive food editor of Saveur magazine. The result is an attractive, easy to understand, indispensible resource that every mom will be grateful for every day of the week. Just one glance at this beautiful book, and I’m sure you will agree with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Ina Garten – who are among her biggest fans!
Recipes highlights include:
- A mouth-watering Brisket that will please husband and kids alike (and also provides leftovers for sandwiches and a soup – recipes included.)
- Roast Chicken Pieces with 5 options for rubs (because, really, who has time to roast a whole chicken after work?!)
- Healthy, but tasty & fun snacks like Chickpea Poppers.
- Simple and quick additions to regular dinner sides, like goat cheese or Dijon mustard in Mashed Potatoes.
- And an award-winning (from everyone who has tried it) One-Skillet Cheesy Beefy Casserole! A delicious meal with only 1 pan to clean!
So the real question remains. Is it really any good? These familiar foodies think so:
“One of the best cookbook authors of her generation, Katie Workman is the perfect person to help moms everywhere get delicious meals to the table. I’m waiting for my invitation to her ‘taco night.’” — BOBBY FLAY
“These are the 100 recipes everyone needs! They’re the classics your family wants with the volume turned up.” — INA GARTEN
“The recipes in Katie Workman’s smart, sassy new cookbook will have even picky eaters asking for seconds!” — GIADA DE LAURENTIS
And to get a quick taste as to what the book offers, here’s a link to 10 quick tips in the kitchen: http://youtu.be/n0jXx_vK40U
Ready to get your copy of your new solution to mealtime madness? Get your own signed copy from Katie Workman on May 24 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm and then stay for cooking class at 6:30 pm at the Central Market in Plano as part the store’s 10th anniversary celebration.
Hope that this one ends up in your back pocket (or at least as part of your quick reference shelf.)