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

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

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by Kathy Gunst
     
 

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For all of you working parents, this book is a present from heaven. This thoughtful and well-put-together cookbook will allow you to bring healthy meals to the table with speed and dexterity. With more than 325 recipes at hand, fast and nutritious menus can be put together a week at a time.

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For all of you working parents, this book is a present from heaven. This thoughtful and well-put-together cookbook will allow you to bring healthy meals to the table with speed and dexterity. With more than 325 recipes at hand, fast and nutritious menus can be put together a week at a time.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785813293
Publisher:
Book Sales, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
491
Product dimensions:
7.82(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.56(d)

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Parenting Cookbook 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!