Tag: cookbooks

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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7 last minute Mother’s Day gifts – don’t panic!

Okay, so you just realized that tomorrow is Mother’s Day. (It’s possible.) Or maybe you’ve just been so swamped that you haven’t grabbed the perfect gift for the mom in your life just yet; word has it parents get busy from time to time. No need to freak–here are a few of my own favorite last minute gift ideas that are easy to cobble together in the next 24 hours. 1. A gift card to a local spa. It can be a whole day of beauty or just a gift card for a pedicure or a massage. To make...

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The Pioneer Woman turns from cookbooks to children’s books – Charlie the Ranch Dog is here.

If you’ve ever read The Pioneer Woman’s blog, then you know this woman is slated pretty much to take over the world. With cookbooks, an autobiography, and a TV sitcom in the works, now Ree Drummond has turned her world-conquering master plan to the world of children’s books, this one featuring her beloved dog Charlie. Charlie the Ranch Dog tells his own story of life on the ranch through cute art by Diane DeGroat. Ree’s ability to bring her photos of Charlie to life on her blog is seamlessly translated to simple, kid-friendly prose highlighting the challenges of life...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest new cookbooks, baby food, snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we moms all have in common is the need to feed our families. We always have our eye out for the coolest foods, the tastiest treats, and the most helpful websites and cookbooks to help us make it all easier. And maybe more fun? Here are a few of our faves of 2010. Cookbooks While I’m not the type to collect (or uh, use) cookbooks, Laurie David’s The Family Dinner is a fixture on my kitchen counter, with pages already dogeared. It’s just that great. -Kristen If you’ve got kids with allergies (or kids with friends with...

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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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Editors Best of 2009: The kids snacks, lunchboxes, cookbooks, and grownup food

The older our kids get, the more we’re focused on the what, why, when and how of feeding them. It’s been exciting discovering the growing number of products and resources to help steer our kids away from the McWhatever and onto food that qualifies as healthy and yummy. Kristen: All of my kids love to snack on the organic baby food from Ella’s Kitchen (at top). Just don’t tell them that there happens to be broccoli mixed in with their pears. Liz: I have become completely addicted to the organic maple-almond butter from Justin’s. I mean, uh my kids have. And those little snacks-sized squeeze...

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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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Cooking for kids just got 150 recipes easier

Recently, my Michael Pollan-obsessed sigOth and I have had some conversations about stepping up our meal preparation game for the kids. So I’m pleased to have discovered two new cookbooks that seem primed to help us find some options that lie somewhere between spaghetti with butter sauce and hiding vegetables in the cupcakes. The Toddler Cafe: Fast, Easy and Fun Ways to Please Even the Pickiest Eaters is a wonderfully helpful resource from chef, mom, and Food Network stylist Jennifer Carden. 50 truly creative family-friendly recipes for all times of day range from the imaginative (PB&J French Toast) to...

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You’ll be wonton Handstand Kids’ Chinese Cookbook (Heh)

Fried chicken fingers and pink boneless spareribs are not real Chinese food, I tell the kids whenever we order take-out, and now I have the latest Handstand Kids’ Chinese Cookbook to back me up. The latest from Handstand Kids’ Italian Cookbook creator Yvette Garfield includes sturdy, colorful pages filled with recipes by professional chef Shanti Jade Greenspan, along with tidbits about the Chinese culture and cuisine, and the cutesy cartoon Handstand Kids who explain things in kid-language. All the tools and ingredients are laid out up front, which gave me a chance to buy things like spring roll wrappers...

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Watch your back, Jacques Pepin

My kids have grown up knowing how important food is to me, so it’s not surprising that they are both fascinated by the kitchen. Children’s cookbooks are a frequent gift at birthday and holiday time, but I’m usually very disappointed in how so many of them dumb down of food for kids. We have cookbooks that are written in comic book format. We have cookbooks that feature only meals that look like something else (octopus-shaped hotdogs anyone?). We have cookbooks with dishes that have names so cutesy I feel like hurling. That’s why I was so pleased to find...

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Top Chef Comes to Your Kitchen. Yes, Sam Too.

Yesterday, both my kids’ daddy and my own daddy opened up their brand new copies of Top Chef: The Cookbook. Which is why I held this review until today. Publisher Chronicle Books always does an outstanding job with their titles and this canvas-covered tome is no exception. If your Wednesday nights are committed to Bravo, you’ll find the Top Chef cookbook most excellently captures all the fun, all the style, all the energy of the show – the cover is even wrapped in the same canvas as the chefs’ jackets. Between the covers you’ll be privy to great behind-the-scene...

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Publish or Perish

For years, “organize photos” has been at the top of my to-do list.Between piles of printed snapshots and folders chock full of digital pictures, I can never seem to make the time – meaning my piles and folders grow bigger, and the project more intimidating. Fortunately, I’ve discovered an easy way to print and show off my photographic memories with the Blurb book publishing software. Better than a photo album, these are actual beautifully printed, bookstore quality books with dust jackets and everything if you choose. The free software is aptly called BookSmart and it makes it very easy...

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Cakes That Truly Take the Cake

Open Matthew Mead’s new Cakes for Kids cookbook and you’ll experience a combination of awe and complete intimidation. It’s as if my inner competimommy is saying Yes! We can make this! while my inner Peggy Bundy is like Are you freaking kidding me? 35 gorgeous technicolor photos demonstrate how flour, butter, eggs and sugar, in the right combos (and with the right decorating tools and probably with the right professional food stylist) can become a spectacular rainbow, grasshopper, candy-filled treasure chest or eye-popping beach ball. These recipes are not for the confectionarily-challeged; while the directions seem fairly clear and...

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The Reluctant Joy of Cooking

Despite my usual aversion to cutesy names, I have to concede that Domenica Catelli’s Mom-a-licious cookbook delivers deliciously on what its subtitle claims: Fresh, fast, family food. And what family doesn’t want fresh, fast food? The pictures are gorgeous, the recipes simple (and they even include tips for which parts the kids can do with you), and the result is a fabulous resource for the what-should-we-have-for-dinner blues that never leaves me wondering why a cookbook assumes I have capers on hand. Hint: I don’t. There are particularly good sections on baby food here, but even if you’re past the...

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