Home Cooking


Cooking from “Family” Focused Cookbooks


More from Home Cooking

Home Cooking Cookbooks

Cooking from “Family” Focused Cookbooks

The Dairy Queen | | May 25, 2013 06:38 PM

So I’ve recently accumulated a towering stack of “cooking for kids/family” type cookbooks and I'd like to cook from them more. I plan to document my experiences in this thread and invite anyone who is interested to join in.

I’ve listed below the books I own, but if you’d like to join in on others in the genre (including any of those 30 minute meal /get dinner on the table quick kinds of books), please feel to jump in with new titles. Please just state the name of the book you are cooking from, the author, and particular recipe.

My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking by John Besh

Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table by Jenny Rosenstrach

River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy

Robin’s Quick Fix Meals: 200 Simple, Delicious Recipes To Make Mealtime Easy by Robin Miller

Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson

Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton

How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (USA) by Nigella Lawson (this book has a section on feeding babies and young children)

I don’t believe children age two or older necessarily need special diets, but I personally am looking for more ways to be efficient and flexible in the kitchen. I need improve my skills and employ smarter strategies and hope to find some answers and inspiration in the pages of these books.

I don’t want to dumb down our meals, but at the same, I no longer have time to shop numerous specialty markets for the perfect array of “authentic” ingredients. I’m willing to accept compromises and short-cuts for now, but we value diversity in our household and I want to introduce my child to lots of different cuisines, not just standard American fare. I personally cannot eat steak, potatoes, chops and mac and cheese for every meal.

I'm sorry for those of you who don't find these kinds of books chowhoundish (and I'm guessing that's the case because there's hardly any discussion about these kinds of books here on CH), but it's where I'm at right now.

Anyway, please join me in this grand experiment.

P.S. please be patient with me as I have limited time to both try new recipes AND post... This might be a slow-moving thread.