For this month's Feeding Our Families post, I thought I would share with you some of my most used, favourite cookbooks. I own many cookbooks and I use them all the time. I would much rather splurge on a new cookbook than a meal out. I think a cookbook is a good investment, it can be used over and over, opened often or once in a while and always provide some kind of inspiration in the kitchen. I have learned a lot about different foods and nutrition thanks to my cookbooks. They help me plan and vary my family's meals. I also enjoy following recipes (I mention this because I know some people don't like to follow recipes).
Here are some of the books that I have been using for many years now on a daily or weekly basis.
A book I often go to for simple and very nutritious whole food snacks or meals is The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook by Cathe Olson. This book is full of ideas, suggestions, menu plans and recipes for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and for feeding a family as well.
My favourite cookbook author is most definitely Dreena Burton. She is a Mama herself (of three young girls) and knows that most parents don't have hours to spend in the kitchen trying tricky recipes. Her recipes are very creative yet uncomplicated. I love all of her books. So many of her recipes have become our everyday family favourites. I always have a jar of one of her homemade hummus recipes on hand in the fridge. I also make so many of her soups, salads, main and side dishes (using lots of different grains, beans, vegetables, seeds and nuts, tofu…), sauces, muffins, cookies and desserts! Some of her recipes can also be found on her website.
|Black Bean and Orange Hummus from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan|
Another book that I use on a regular basis is Feeding The Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. I make her granola recipe every two weeks (that's how long it lasts in our house) and her nut burger recipe is the best one that we have ever tried (the only one that everyone in our family loves unanimously!).
|granola from Feeding the Whole Family with creamy, frothy almond milk from Ani's Raw|
For cooking simple, comforting, warming snacks or meals, with or for children, I love to use The Waldorf School Book of Soups and The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book. We regularly prepare many of the soup and muffin recipes in these books. We also use these books to prepare foods for celebrations, special occasions or a weekend treat. Some of our favourite cake recipes (carob or applesauce-honey) are from the Snack Book.
I would love to know what your best-loved cookbooks are for feeding your family… Please share by leaving a comment.
More Feeding Our Families posts can be found on these wonderfully inspiring blogs:
Melanie from Our Ash Grove
Jules from A Little Crafty Nest
Melody from Bespoke
Tonya from Joyful Living
Taisa from Small Wonders
Heather from Shivaya Naturals
Renee from Heirloom Seasons