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Fast (and Slow) Food: 5 Cookbooks for Families On the Run

As summer winds down and we look toward the beginning of the school year, now is the perfect time to start thinking about those crazy evenings. Between sports, after school activities, homework, and work, parents have a lot to manage. Getting dinner on the table can be a pain. Here are five books to help you out:


Slow Cooker Revolution by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen
AmazonAlexis Says: America's Test Kitchen is my go-to for great recipes. This cookbook has a little bit of everything, and even though some of the recipes can be labor intensive at the beginning, the results are outstanding.
Amazon Says: Who doesn't like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results more...
Amazon Says: Who doesn't like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you'd rather forget than fix again. A team of ten test cooks at America's Test Kitchen spent a year developing recipes, and what they discovered will change the way you use your slow cooker. Did you know that onions garlic, and spices should be bloomed in the microwave for five minutes before they go into the slow cooker? This simple step intensifies their flavor and requires no extra work. Did you know that a little soy sauce mixed with tomato paste adds meaty flavors to almost any stew and can often replace the tedious step of browning the meat? And do you know the secret to a moist slow-cooker chicken? Start the bird upside down to protect the delicate white meat from drying out. The 200 recipes in this family-friendly collection deliver a revolution in slow cooking like only America's Test Kitchen can! less...
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AmazonAlexis Says: I love the recipes in this slow-cooker collection. Vegetarian dishes obtain an impressive depth of flavor.
Amazon Says: The Gourmet Slow Cooker and The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II showed home cooks everywhere that a slow cooker is perfectly capable of turning out meals that are sophisticated more...
Amazon Says: The Gourmet Slow Cooker and The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II showed home cooks everywhere that a slow cooker is perfectly capable of turning out meals that are sophisticated enough to serve to guests. It’s simply a matter of using imaginative recipes that bring together fresh, flavor-packed ingredients—and then setting the timer.   In The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker, author Lynn Alley offers up more than fifty dishes, each one vegetarian, some of them vegan, and all of them delicious. The recipes are drawn from the world’s great cuisines and include breakfasts, soups, main courses, sides, and desserts. Dishes, such as Spiced Basmati Rice Breakfast Cereal, Smoky Potage Saint-Germain, Polenta Lasagna with Tomato-Mushroom Sauce, Soy-Braised Potatoes, and Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake, are each paired with a beverage that is meant to complement the meal.   Whether you are a vegetarian hard-pressed to find enticing recipes for your slow cooker, an omnivore looking to expand your repertoire, or a follower of a vegetable-focused diet, The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker will help you put many delightful meat-free dinners on the table with convenience and ease. less...
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AmazonAlexis Says: A collection of 200 fast recipes from Good Housekeeping.
Amazon Says: “What’s for dinner—quick and easy?” That’s the question that anyone with a family to feed faces every single day. Good Housekeeping has 200 tasty answers! The magazine more...
Amazon Says: “What’s for dinner—quick and easy?” That’s the question that anyone with a family to feed faces every single day. Good Housekeeping has 200 tasty answers! The magazine’s cooking experts come to the rescue of harried moms and dads with recipes that taste great, work every time, and take just a half hour or less from preparation to table. Even the shopping’s simple, because everything is in your local supermarket; there’s nothing exotic or hard to find. Organized by main ingredient, the chapters cover every type of entrée from fast skillet dinners to grilled dishes, from speedy stir-fries to quick-prep, slow-cooked, one-pot wonders that are ready when you are. Recipes feature useful tips with information on techniques, substitutions, variations, and time-saving methods. Among the delectable 30-minute favorites are Crispy Duck Breasts with Tart Cherry Sauce, Coriander Steak with Warm Corn Salad, Southern Peach Pork Chops, Honey-Lime Salmon, Pasta with Ricotta & Grape Tomatoes, and Pesto & Mozzarella Pizzas. And one thing you can always count on: because all the recipes are triple-tested by Good Housekeeping’s test kitchens, they’ll be absolutely delicious. less...
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AmazonAlexis Says: This series of cookbooks is one of my favorite. I love that Beth Hensperger makes quick, delicious recipes accessible.
Amazon Says: Not Your Mother's guide to quick and wholesome meals, prepared in 30 minutes or less. more...
Amazon Says: Not Your Mother's guide to quick and wholesome meals, prepared in 30 minutes or less. less...
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AmazonAlexis Says: I love Sam the Cooking Guy. He's goofy. He's blunt. And his recipe for pasta puttanesca has made me look good on multiple occasions. If you're looking for wholesome, delicious recipes that come together quickly, I think you'll love him too.
Amazon Says: ‘I can't cook.’ I hear that all the time. And it's not that you can't--it's that you don't. It's that we've been wrecked by cooking shows with their millions of complicate more...
Amazon Says: ‘I can't cook.’ I hear that all the time. And it's not that you can't--it's that you don't. It's that we've been wrecked by cooking shows with their millions of complicated steps and crazy-ass ingredients. Ingredients you can't find, let alone pronounce. That's not how I want to cook. I want to eat well, but I don't want it to take a year. Who's making stuff like 'Truffled Peruvian Mountain Squab with Chilled Framboise Foam' anyway? "So this book is about food that's big in taste and small in effort. Just great-tasting stuff with no fancy techniques and definitely no over-the-top ingredients, as in everything-comes-from-a-regular-supermarket--cool concept, huh? It's just a bunch of recipes you'll easily be able to make and enjoy." --From Sam the Cooking Guy Look inside for great recipes like these: • One Dank Tomato Pie • "Whatever" Spring Rolls • Five-Minute Stir-Fry Noodles • O.F.R.B.P.J.G.O. • Awww Nuts! • BBQ Chicken Pizza • Halloween Chicken Chili • Fridge Fried Rice • Sam's Sticky Sweet BBQ Ribs • Stuffed Burgers • Pesto BBQ Shrimp • Chili Salmon • Motor Home Meatballs • Spicy-ish Sausage Pasta • The Great Potato Cake • Brussels Sprouts You'll Actually Eat • (Fake) Creme Brulee • Chocolate Toffee Matzoh  • Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Cup Things less...
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