Under the title of “Mom” falls: chef, short order cook, lunch maker and snack creator. Now unless you are blessed with a partner who is also crackerjack in the kitchen, I can only assume most meals fall on you… and when you calculate three meals a day at 365 days a year, your creativity can quickly flat line.
Don’t worry, help is on the way! Below are my favorite cookbooks to keep meals and the most important time with your family… fun, fresh and healthy. Cookbooks worth investing in, like the charming classics or families battling allergies or amusing cookbooks to get kids in the kitchen.
“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere, with the right instruction,” wrote Julia Child. For more than forty years, this classic cookbook has been teaching the world how.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savoury delights of the classic French cuisine. This beautiful cookbook and all 524 recipes include the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas.
Gwyneth Paltrow returns with her second cookbook, tasty recipes for the elimination diet (no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all)
An avid foodie, Paltrow was concerned that so many restrictions would make mealtime boring. So together with Julia Turshen, she compiled a collection of 185 delicious, easy recipes. Perfect for the mom who wants to lose weight, look good and feel more energetic.
BabyCakes – Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery
BabyCakes is not only for parents whose children have allergies, for vegans, and for others who struggle with food sensitivities, but also for all you sugar-loving traditionalists. The recipes in these pages prove that there is a healthy alternative to recklessly made desserts, one that doesn’t sacrifice taste or texture.
As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they’re stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don’t even know!
With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month’s worth of meals for kids of all ages that include, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear–out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that “must have” the latest sugar bomb cereal.
Experts tell us the best way to teach kids healthy eating habits is to involve them in the process. This irresistible cookbook presents 60 appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in fun and charming illustrations they will love. Bursting with color, humor, cute animal characters, and cool facts (did you know your brain actually shrinks when you’re dehydrated? Drink water, quick!), Help Yourself empowers children to take charge of their own nutrition — for now and for life!
London Based Chefs
Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are home cooks and food lovers with a passion for wellness and delicious, nutrient-dense food. Their cooking is all about creating natural, satisfying and easy to digest meals that make you feel vibrant, strong and healthy; recipes that are full of flavour and goodness and free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. They believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well can be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.
Simple, laid back food that bursts with flavour; fresh, inspiring recipes using favourite everyday ingredients – no one does fantastic easy cooking like Bill Granger. Bill Granger has long been a champion of no-fuss food. Easy is inspired by years of getting delicious, satisfying meals on the table quickly using everyday ingredients from the fridge or store cupboard, all in Bill’s inimitable easygoing style. In this stunning new cookbook, Bill takes 16 well-loved and accessible main ingredients – from a chicken breast, fillet of fish, cut of lamb or tin of beans to berries, chocolate and a chunk of good cheese – and offers simple yet original dishes for maximum flavour with minimum effort.
Jamie take you through a whole load of simple and accessible recipes that will blow the socks off your family and any guests you might have round for dinner. There’s information on the equipment that he thinks you should have in your kitchen, advice on how to recognize and cook loads of different cuts of meat, as well as on how to get the best value and quality when you’re out shopping. If you’re going to eat three times a day for the rest of your life, you might as well learn to cook properly and enjoy it! So, roll up your sleeves and let Jamie help you.
The chef behind Seattle’s Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and The Whale Wins. This book is warm and personal — an ode to a restaurant that feels like one big dinner party — but it’s also accessible and easy to use at home. Any cookbook that feels aspirational and practical is a win in our minds, and this one charms by showing us how to look at old dishes in new ways.
Gjelina is a collection of recipes from Travis Lett’s buzzed-about Venice Beach restaurant. The global-inspired cuisine skews vegetable and grain-heavy, with a healthy dose of restaurant-favorite pizzas and pastas. From Mojo de Ajo to Smoky Tomato Butter to Pickled Turnips, your salads and sandwiches will never be deemed “run-of-the-mill” again.
Suzanne Goin runs a famed stable of restaurants, and is renowned for her skills as a chef. She translates her talents for seasonal, clean, elegant food into a book of recipes that are easy to follow and impressive to serve. She writes recipes along with detailed explanations of techniques, so you can really understand the mentality of a chef, and learn to bring restaurant-quality cooking home.
This set of 5 cookbooks shows off the fact that these are the tomes of a serious food lover. Not only are they incredibly useful, but they look strikingly pretty perched on any shelf. The titles and authors are cleverly integrated into the design of the letters that spell out “Cook’s Books.” This set of 5 brand new books includes: The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser; James Beard’s American Cookery; Joy of Cooking; 75th Anniversary Edition; How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman; and The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen.
The greatest hits from the goop Cookbook Club, custom-wrapped by Juniper Books. This set includes: Huckleberry by Zoe Nathan; Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi; Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte; Roberta’s Cookbook by Carlo Mirarchi; Smoke & Pickles by Edward Lee and Thug Kitchen by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway. Book jackets printed on tear and water resistant paper so you can feel comfortable using the books in the kitchen!