The Parenting Cookbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining for Today's Families

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This encyclopedic cookbook is the comprehensive guide for parents who believe that preparing and enjoying good, healthy food should be an important part of family life. Speaking to the needs of families with children of all ages, Kathy Gunst and the editors of the award-winning Parenting magazine offer more than 325 recipes for every meal of the day as well as for special occasions. The heart of the book for busy working families is the Monday-through-Friday chapters of quick breakfasts, quick lunches, and quick ...
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Overview

This encyclopedic cookbook is the comprehensive guide for parents who believe that preparing and enjoying good, healthy food should be an important part of family life. Speaking to the needs of families with children of all ages, Kathy Gunst and the editors of the award-winning Parenting magazine offer more than 325 recipes for every meal of the day as well as for special occasions. The heart of the book for busy working families is the Monday-through-Friday chapters of quick breakfasts, quick lunches, and quick dinners (with nearly seventy-five recipes), followed by chapters on leisurely weekend breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Other chapters cover desserts, snacks, drinks, microwaving, and cooking basics. But there is much more here than a collection of outstanding recipes from a working mother of two young children. Gunst offers special ideas and strategies on how to have the pleasure and avoid the pitfalls of eating out with the kids; what to do about your picky eater; entertaining, or how to throw a dinner party without losing your mind; cooking with kids; the importance of family meals; and new ways to shop for groceries. She also gives dozens of tips, menus, and theme ideas for birthday parties, holidays, and other special occasions.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these times of pressure and over scheduling, the idea of the entire family gathering regularly to share a meal may seem a quaint concept. Maintaining that that scenario is more easily within reach than many family cooks imagine, Gunst (a Parenting columnist and author of Roasting) combines tasty recipes with sensible advice on issues from stocking the pantry to tempting the picky eater. To promote healthful, enjoyable family meals, she suggests that parents project a positive attitude about eating new foods and limit their own intake of junk food. She observes that kids may be weaned from their attachment to a pizza/macaroni/peanut butter diet by becoming involved in food choices and preparation; practical advice to that end includes taking children to farm stands or ethnic food stores and letting them select items, as well as enlisting their help in making snacks and helping to fix the family dinner. The 325 recipes, ranging from breakfast to birthday party menus, are fairly quick to assemble, especially if the kids help, and don't require exotic items. Although Gunst favors healthy food, she's no Puritan. Recipes for Chocolate Pretzels and some killer desserts like Peanut Butter Fondue are included. Nutritional analyses are given for each dish. Such dishes as Grilled Marinated Pork Tenderloin and Chicken and Sausage Paella may well have kids choosing the family dinner table over the local fast food outlet. (Nov.)
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Along with more than 300 recipes, this big cookbook includes readable, informative essays and mini-essays on such topics as picky eaters and "Entertaining with Kids, or How To Have a Dinner Party Without Losing Your Mind." There are separate chapters of quick recipes for weekday breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and somewhat more involved ones for weekend meals; snacks and birthday parties also get their own chapters. Gunst, a Parenting contributor and columnist, is the author of several appealing cookbooks, including Roasting (LJ 12/90) and Leftovers (LJ 12/93), which obviously provided inspiration for some of the good recipes and suggestions here. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785813293
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 491
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    Mother of two

    I tried this cookbook for a while, but the recipes aren't particularly good for adult eating. If you have the time to cook a separate menu for your kids, you may find it useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    great cookbook!

    this is a must have cookbook if you are a parent... gets the creativity to kick in around dinner time - i have often found recipes that use basic ingredients i have on hand to make easy and delicious meals that the adults and kids think are terrific... looked for this on a bookshelf in a huge manhattan barnes and noble recently... had hoped to give it as a gift to new parents and was so surprised that they didn't carry it!... i think it should be in every bookstore and as easy to find as field of greens!... kids need good cookbooks too... enjoy!

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