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Nov 21, 2006 06:04 PM

Cookbook recs for very busy new parents

I'm looking for cookbook recommendations for very busy new parents who are more inclined to eat out than make dinner. I was considering getting them a crockpot and accompanying cookbook for some no-fuss recipes they can make. Simplicity is the key here. Any thoughts on cookbooks w/ very simple and easy recipes?

Thanks for your thoughts!


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  1. I haven't tried anything from it yet, but I just bought "Eating Well for Two" from Eating Well magazine for my parents and myself, and it truly has some good looking recipes. Almost all of them look super easy and simple... lots of salads and soups. It might be worth looking into for this situation as well.

    1. I'm a working mom, who loves to cook, but I find that it gets harder with each passing day to get a good meal on the table. I have had success with both of the Giada de Laurentis cookbooks, Everyday Italian and Giada's Family Dinners. Not all of the recipes are quick, but there are some pretty good gems in there. I also have made several items out of Barefoot Contessas Home Cooking book - great recipe for tuna with a mango chutney that I served with a box of Annie Chung soba noodles and it has a recipe for Eli Zabar's Asian salmon, which is great and quick - I also enjoyed her easy lobster paella, but substited lobster for shrimp instead along with white wine for pernod - it was pretty good.

      1. I don't think crockpot meals are easier to make, as much as it spreads the time out and is ready to eat at night when you get home. You still have to chop all the vegetables, pan sear the meat, etc. If you want really simple, I have friends who love Cooking Light, 5 ingredients under 15 minutes. I haven't tried it, though.

        1. Thanks, that sounds promising. I really think they are looking for food that can be made from items in the pantry and freezer.

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          1. re: sljones

            May be more work than you're wanting, but you could make them a cookbook, keeping your guidelines in mind. You could tailor it to their tastes and time constraints, and it would be more meaningful too!

            1. re: Katie Nell

              I do actually plan to do this, but sadly it will never be complete by Christmas...unless I post a thread and start collecting ideas from helpful chowhounders!

          2. It looks daunting, but it's always my standby- has GREAT recipes- The Joy of Cooking. I LOVE It.