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Jessica Harlan

The Best Cookbooks for Families

By May 11, 2011

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Recently I've become obsessed with cookbooks that are geared towards families. I'm not sure why; my kids aren't particularly picky eaters, and they're still young enough where having a nightly family dinner is a given.

But there seems to be more and more of this breed of cookbook, which often addresses mom-specific challenges: cooking under time constraints, ensuring that meals are nutritionally balanced, budget-friendly recipes and fun and enticing options for picky eaters or families in which everyone has a different set of likes and dislikes.

As an introduction to this new and growing cookbook genre, I've rounded up a list of the Top Cookbooks for Families. I'm particularly excited about Mark Peel's fancy recipes in New Classic Family Dinners, as well as the way that Sara Moulton gives home cooks permission to abandon the mise en place concept in her book Everyday Family Dinners (which I was inspired to buy as a pre-Mother's Day gift for myself). Which of these cookbooks will you be treating yourself to?

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