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Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom


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Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom

valfayejaf | Aug 29, 2014 08:11 PM

So I'm a semi-stay-at-home mom to two young children and wife to a very busy, very hungry, very culinarily sophisticated overworked professional. In the next few months circumstances are about to take me out of the house much more than was the case in the past.

Over the past 7 years or so I have worked my way through what feels like everything Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, Waters' The Art of Simple Food, and Faith Willinger's Red White and Greens. I am well-versed in the art (or whatever you call it) of shopping at the farmers' market, buying good olive oil, and thereby making a fairly low-effort dinner. I enjoy that, and my husband enjoys eating the fruits (my kids are hit or miss), but I'm sick of it.

Can anyone recommend either fantastic cookbooks, or great recipes, that work for families on the go who are interested in Pollanist "eating real food" AND a bit bored with the whole roast-some-turnips-in-goose-fat-in-winter, make-an-heirloom-tomato-salad-in-summer scene? I've googled "make-ahead casseroles," and many of the results don't quite seem to fit with my sensibility. But things in the make-ahead casserole, slow cooker, and/or super-quick-meal (Rachael Ray I guess) genre are all what I need at this point.

I realize this call for help is annoyingly complex, but maybe someone out there gets it and is willing to spar some time to help. Thank you if so. :)

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