Category: Cookbooks

The Pioneer Woman, now on The Food Network

As a long time fan of blogger and cookbook author Ree Drummond (and a contributor to her homeschooling blog), I’ve had the date marked on my calendar to catch her new Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman. So this past Saturday, my kids and I clamored around the television to catch the premiere. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth setting the DVR for it, we’ve got the scoop. The show is set and filmed at the Drummond Ranch, and is as heavy on the the beautiful scenery and daily goings-on of her family as it is on the butter...

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How to help Japan–and make dinner–with a beautiful new cookbook

I feel fortunate to have three kids who absolutely love sushi and will attack a plate of it as if it is a pile of french fries. But beyond that, I haven’t cooked much Japanese food at home–I am pretty sure they’d love the noodles, the crispy panko-crusted meats and, of course, the chance to eat with two sticks. But that may change, now that there is a gorgeous new cookbook which makes traditional Japanese cooking accessible for families to create in their own homes. And your purchase can also help Japanese families recover from the recent natural disasters. PEKO...

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The joy of women cooking

We often think of the art of food, and the art of cooking, but we don’t necessarily think about the artfulness of the cooks themselves, and their own environments. Now a new quarterly magazine from the minds behind art magazine Where Women Create celebrates the joy of cooking in a whole new way. The quarterly Where Women Cook feels like a cross between a food blog and a big inspirational scrapbook, definitely more Country Living than Metropolitan Home. Prepare for recipes for blackberry scones and strawberry pandowdy (plus a smoothie with avocado and kale, that actually sort of terrifies...

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The Family Dinner – So much more than just a cookbook

There are some women out there who seem to overachieve the pants off of the rest of us. Environmentalist, author, producer and mother of two Laurie David is one of those ladies. Her latest project is The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, a cookbook/memoir/inspirational ode to the importance of family mealtime. David has packed the book full of easy tips on everything from how to set the table for take-out Chinese food, ways to get the kids to taste everything on the table, dinner table conversation starters, and of course,...

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Safe and yummy treats, now homemade

We first raved about Divvies Bakery almost four years ago, when we discovered that nut-free, dairy-free, and egg-free didn’t have to mean yummy-free. There’s nothing not to love about vegan, kosher, most-common-allergen-free bakery treats that actually taste the way treats ought to taste. And now you can make the Divvies magic happen right in your own kitchen, with the release of their cookbook. The Divvies Bakery Cookbook is your home guide to food allergy-friendly versions of sweets, from the cupcakes kids love to more adult pies and cobblers. There’s slushie recipes too and even a dairy-free chocolate pudding. Every...

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and I have something in common.

So what do I have in common with some of the coolest celebrity moms in America? And no, it’s not rock-hard abs; it’s an appreciation of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, an intriguing new “cookbook with a conscience,” by Bohemian Baby founder Anni Daulter with Shante Lanay. Organically Raised goes beyond simple recipes to explore the reasoning behind feeding our children organic foods and the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Starting with baby’s first bite of food, it outlines a healthful eating plan for every stage of growth, peppered with beautiful photos and stories. The...

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Rescue my veggies, please.

Don’t tell anybody, but I just threw away an entire head of organic cauliflower. Why? Because I bought it on sale and then forgot to cook it. And then it grew spots. I am apparently the perfect candidate for Aviva Goldfarb’s new book SOS! The Six-O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Frinedly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families. CMP readers may remember our raves for Aviva’s first cookbook, The Six O’Clock Scramble, as well as our love of her handy website and weekly newsletter. The new book continues to save the sanity of frazzled moms, and goes one step further to...

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Let them eat cookies!

The holidays aren’t so sweet for those people who have to pass up all the trays of Christmas cookies because of a food allergy or vegan lifestyle. So, when I heard that Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero were following up their most-awesome Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World with the new Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it. I knew they wouldn’t let me and my milk-allergic daughter down. And, oh, did they pull through with this cookbook, whose photographs are food porn for those of us...

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Martha Stewart gets into the local food movement with Dinner at Home

I am not a big fan of the “f” word. I try to not use it, and I don’t encourage others to use it, either, but I will grudgingly admit to you this once that, yes, I am a “foodie.” I really like to cook and I really like to eat and I have been known to stay up late reading cookbooks in bed. But I don’t tend to take it too seriously, unlike most of the people who actually write the hottest new cookbooks. Therefore it was with some trepidation that I cracked Martha Stewart’s latest, Martha Stewart’s...

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Baby’s first cookbook

I confess; I made my own baby food. But just so we’re clear, I was less a domestic goddess and more a garden-variety control freak. I spent late nights cooking and chopping and freezing, and honestly, I took no joy in it whatsoever. Boring. But that’s only because my kids were babies back in the Pleistocene Era, and eebee’s Mix&Mash Adventures didn’t yet exist. Babies six months and up will enjoy the board book (and accompanying DVD) which features lots of brightly-colored photos of fellow babies, having fun with a baby-sized puppet named eebee. But they can also do...

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