Monday, July 30, 2012

Like an Old Friend in the Kitchen: The Mom 100 Cookbook

I am embarrassed that it has taken so long to write this review. As part of a Boston Brunchers event I received a complimentary copy of The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman. When I first got the book I thought it was not the book for me – it was for someone who didn’t know their way in the kitchen, couldn’t cook without a recipe or make an easy dinner. I set it aside and left it for a little while.

Then, one night at dinner I started reading it and was impressed with the tips, tricks, and ideas in the introduction section. I decided to pick a few recipes and give them a try. The hubby called out a few page numbers and with a few adjustments for title pages and pictures we were on our way.

After trying a few recipes, I can now say that I feel like this book is a well-loved old standby in the kitchen. Sure, I can whip up a dinner creation on my own, but sometimes you just want someone else to do all the thinking for you. The great thing about these recipes is that they are fantastic as they are but also lend themselves to variation.  In the few months that I have had the book I find myself going back to it often to try out something new.

Honey Hoisin Tofu

Some of the recipes did have me wanting to deviate from the instructions. Instead of splattering oil with pan-fried chicken tenders I put them in the oven to bake. The enchiladas were amazing but I might make them into a casserole next time to eliminate the filling and rolling. However some of the extra steps were well worth the effort – like the homemade enchilada sauce that topped the individually rolled enchiladas.

I love that there are pictures of every dish in the book.

Here are a few photos of dishes that we’ve tried and loved so far. For recipes and other great information visit the website for the book at,

Broiled Miso Cod Fingers (left)
Lemon Chicken (right)

The sauce on the lemon chicken was so good I wished that I had made three times the sauce to pour over rice, noodles, vegetables or almost anything like Katie mentions in the intro to this recipe.

This book will be great as the little guy starts asking for more than pureed peas, carrots, and bananas!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Workman Publishing in conjunction with a Boston Brunchers event. We had a delightful brunch with the author Katie Workman at Scollay Square. Brunch was on the house (except for the tip we left the servers).


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