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Friday, August 17, 2012

Food Family Style: Simple and Tasty Recipes for Everyday Life...Review

About the book:
In a time when the family meal is increasingly losing out to music lessons, sports practices, and the general busyness of life, it's time to rediscover the joys of cooking and eating together as a family. Time may be short and budgets may be tight, but these 365 mouthwatering recipes are sure to draw families into the kitchen and around the table day after day. From tasty breakfasts, soups, and salads to sumptuous main dishes and desserts, Food Family Style delivers just what readers' families ordered.

Throughout the book are symbols indicating recipes that double easily, freeze well, are gluten-free or vegetarian, can be made in a slow cooker, and more. And since there's more to mealtime than just the food, this innovative book also includes tips about how to involve kids in meal preparation, meaningful conversation starters, and simple ideas to bring warmth to your home.

I love family friendly cookbooks and this one doesn't disappoint.

The book is organized by category with an index organized by ingredient.  The recipes are easy to follow and family/child friendly with serving sizes listed.  Most use every day ingredients that you have on hand.  There are helpful hints and tips in the margins as well as a chapter on kitchen and pantry essentials and healthy substitutions.

My biggest complaint about any cookbook is when there are no photos.  Having an idea of what the finished recipe looks like is one of the cool things about cooking.  But, aside from that, this is a cookbook that I will keep and use.  I have many, many recipes tagged.

One I can recommend is:

Breakfast Mini Quiches

1 prepared pie crust
8 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup cooked, diced bacon
(I added salt, pepper, a sprinkle of nutmeg and some diced onion)

Preheat oven to 375.  Cut out 6 circles from the pie crust (about 3 inches in diameter) and place in greased muffin cups.  Put muffin tin in refrigerator while you make the filling.  In a bow, beat together eggs, milk, cheese and bacon.  Fill prepared muffin tins and bake  20-25 minutes until puff and slightly brown.  Let cool 3 minutes and remove from tins.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Leigh Olivier Vickery here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

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