|Review: The Working Parents Cookbook|
Apr 10th, 2005
Pretty much every Saturday I take the boys to the lovely new library a block and a half from our house. It's just up the street but it usually takes us at least 20 minutes to get there. There are driveways and stairs to investigate, alleys to follow, and dandelions to pick. When we finally get there and the boys tumble happily into the children's section, I usually grab a cookbook from the small collection in the back, perpetually under the delusion that I'll actually have time to kill. I never do, but I usually end up taking that day's selection home with me.
A few weeks back I grabbed The Working Parents Cookbbok by Jeff and Jodie Morgan. I didn't expect much from it, it's got that kind of overly designed cover that makes it look like somthing you might have picked up at Urban Outfitters. It looks like a cookbook for people who like the idea of cooking but don't actually cook. But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and simplicity of the recipes included. Now your kids would have to be considerably older than mine and considerably less picky to actually eat most of these dishes, but the book really shines as a collection of fairly simple, quick, and nutritious recipes good for weekday dinners and weekend picnics.
All recipes include preparation and cooking time estimates (as usual a bit on the low side unless you've made the recipe before) and rarely take up more than a page for the lists of ingredients and cooking instructions. The first recipe I made was a Couscous salad with Tomato and Cilantro (although I used parsley as Jim is a bit of a cilantro-phobe). It was simple to make and came out tasting better than I thought it would. Other recipes that caught my eye include the Lamb Burger with Cumin, the Lemon Bulgur Salad with Summer Vegetables, and the Chicken Kabobs marinated in Yogurt and Spices.
You don't have to be a parent to enjoy this book. It's a good choice if you're looking for a straight forward collection of basic recipes with a tasty, healthful twist.