The Busy Mom's Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals

The Busy Mom's Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals

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by Antonia Lofaso
     
 

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Bravo’s Top Chef All-Star and Los Angeles executive chef serves up more than 100 quick and easy family recipes that she developed as a hardworking single mom.

Many busy moms dread the challenge of getting a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal on the table. For single mom Antonia Lofaso, the issue hits especially close to home as she continues

Overview

Bravo’s Top Chef All-Star and Los Angeles executive chef serves up more than 100 quick and easy family recipes that she developed as a hardworking single mom.

Many busy moms dread the challenge of getting a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal on the table. For single mom Antonia Lofaso, the issue hits especially close to home as she continues to do appearances for Bravo while working as an executive chef.

Showcasing Lofaso’s top picks for quick and satisfying meals, The Busy Mom’s Cookbook includes breakfast favorites ranging from pancakes to the world’s best blueberry muffins, and easy but satisfying dinners such as Beef Stroganoff with Creamy Pappardelle and Fish Tacos with Corn Tomatillo Salad. She even tackles the brown-bag lunch with choices that the other kids will envy, including BBQ Chicken Pita Pocket and Turkey-and-Swiss Panini.

The Busy Mom’s Cookbook is the first book to bring star-quality culinary expertise to the specific needs of busy parents. Laced with memories and lessons from Lofaso’s own experience as a working mom, this cookbook speaks from the heart with inspiring, real-world wisdom and plenty of lighthearted humor to encourage every reader to savor the rewards of making mealtime memorable.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Antonia was a contestant I was always happy to see on Top Chef, when judging—or simply watching at home. As a judge, I was relieved to see her as I knew that, if nothing else, I'd be eating well that day. One of the strongest competitors and best cooks ever to appear on the long running series. Smart, no nonsense, wise—and a reliably terrific chef. She grounded the seasons on which she appeared with smart decision making, soulful flavors, and the kind of leadership qualities others would be wise to emulate.  It's about time she wrote a book."
—Anthony Bourdain, bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential

“Antonia has combined Top Chef tasty with busy-mom easy to make incredibly delicious and approachable recipes. Schedule-juggling supermom or not, anyone with a busy schedule and a desire for quick homemade goodness will find themselves returning to this cookbook time and time again.”
–Carla Hall, Top Chef fan favorite and co-host of ABC’s The Chew

“Antonia is a friend, but also an undisputed creative chef. Many moms will enjoy the quick, delicious and accessible recipes, but more important they can teach their kids about food and the importance of the bonding and memories that can happen when you share food around a table as a family—just the way Antonia grew up in her family. A must not only for moms, but for any home cook!”
–Hubert Keller, chef & owner, Fleur de Lys

Publishers Weekly
Single mom and Top Chef contestant Lofaso presents a collection of easy, approachable recipes and suggests taking the time (even if it’s a mere 15 minutes) to dine as a family. Her tone is realistic and encouraging—“Enjoy! It’s just food!” Helpful chapters include “The Better Brown Bag,” which features a DIY (in seven minutes) cheese and charcuterie plate as an alternative to a shrink-wrapped meat-and-cheese packaged lunch. In the “School-Night Dinners” chapter, nothing takes longer than 30 minutes to make, even shrimp and sausage corn chowder and chicken paillard with baby peas and potatoes. While making the recipes appealing even for picky eaters, Lofaso introduces a variety of ingredients: pizza with prosciutto and burrata, bacon, brussels sprouts; goat cheese pie; and sautéed edamame with pickled ginger and ponzu have a hint of gourmet appeal. There’s also a “Kids in the Kitchen” chapter, which comes with a warning about getting kids involved with cooking: “There will be disasters.” But she adds, “Someday your kids will tell the story of how you taught them to make their favorite dishes.” (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583335338
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
682,735
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Antonia is a friend, but also an undisputed creative chef. Many moms will enjoy the quick, delicious and accessible recipes, but more important they can teach their kids about food and the importance of the bonding and memories that can happen when you share food around a table as a family—just the way Antonia grew up in her family. A must not only for moms, but for any home cook!”
–Hubert Keller, chef & owner, Fleur de Lys

Meet the Author

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Antonia Lofaso was most influenced by her time cooking at Spago before becoming executive chef at Foxtail and now Black Market Liquor Bar in Los Angeles, where she lives with her daughter. She appeared on the fourth season of Bravo’s Top Chef and returned as a fan favorite and finalist on Top Chef All-Stars.

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The Busy Mom's Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a busy Mom of a toddler and an infant who works full time. I also strive to cook most meals at home and feed my children healthy foods as much as possible. This cookbook is terrific! The recipes are simple and use easy to find ingredients. I don't have to customize much since the recipes keep children in mind and aren't too spicy or exotic. I loved watching Antonia on Top Chef & her cookbook stays true to her dual passions-cooking and being a great mother. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The eBook doesn't have any pictures. Throughout the book pictures are mentioned so it's kind of disappointing there are none. Other than that, the recipes sound good.