I love reading as much as I love food, and discovering a great new cookbook worthy of some space on our family bookshelf makes me insanely happy. I almost always have a cookbook wish list tacked up somewhere in the house, and it’s the most common Mother’s Day gift I get from my kids.
With over 100 cookbooks already in my possession, I now try to be fairly selective about which ones I add. A recent one almost didn’t make the cut because I wasn’t crazy about the title or the cover photos, but after spending some time turning the pages, I’m happy to say that I’m glad I gave it a chance (it’s true what they say about judging a book by its cover).
The Mom 100 Cookbook is a collection of recipes based on a formula the author put together: take 20 real-life cooking dilemmas, come up with five solutions for each, and the end result is a book full of 100 tasty recipes.
The book, like the title, could have been gimmicky, but thankfully it isn’t. Instead, the dilemmas are common for most moms, making the solutions real.
The Dilemma: Finding snacks that don’t come in a crinkly bag.
The Solutions (Recipes): Edamame Several Ways, Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds, Chickpea Poppers, Old-Fashioned Stovetop Popcorn, Baked Pita Chips
In addition to the problem-solving recipes, the book is also peppered with cooking tips, sidebars with ideas on what the kids can do to help, variations that allow you to customize the recipes for your fish-phobic family, and secrets to successful make-ahead meals.
I’m planning on sharing one of the above recipes next week—which one would you most like to see?