{12 Days of Yum} Big Bundle of My Favorite Cookbooks for the Family Cook [CLOSED]

December 7, 2011

Cookbook Giveaway

A winner has been selected: congrats to Catherine! Thanks to all the rest of you for reading and joining in the fun. Happy new year!

Being the cookbook geek that I am, I’m over the moon about this giveaway. I hand-selected each and every book that the winner of this contest will receive and, well, I’m jealous.

In fact, I’ve been carefully storing these books in my office and let’s just say that it’s been near torture to not grab ‘em, crack the spines and get cooking. I’ll just have to leave that to you!

Here are my current favorite cookbooks for the family cook included in this seven book bonanza:

Cook This Now
Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make, Melissa Clark
This book by James Beard award-winning author and New York Times columnist Melissa Clark has been named by many publications, big and small, one of the best cookbooks of the year. And, for what it’s worth, I agree! The book is packed with the kind of healthy, delicious, seasonal cooking that I aspire to make and encourage you to cook. And Melissa’s easy-going style keeps her sophisticated tastes from being intimidating. These recipes are simple food at its absolute best!

Whole Family Cookbook
The Whole Family Cookbook, Michelle Stern
Michelle Stern celebrates local foods in this book full of practical, mouth-watering recipes that everyone in the family will love and can even help make. In fact, Michelle color codes each step of every recipe for an age level. There are steps that can be done by kids as young as 2-years-old and as old as 11+ years. But don’t mistake this for a kiddie cookbook. This is the real deal with dishes like Sweet Potato Biscuits, Croque Monsieur, Chewy Maple Granola Bars, Pork Chops with Sage Butter and Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet.

Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals
Cook Without A Book: Meatless Meals, Pam Anderson
This book is all about recipes and techniques for part- and full-time vegetarians. Don’t fit into one of those categories? Well, you should! And this book will help. I’ve heard more times that I can track that you want to eat less meat, but don’t know how. Of course Pam Anderson is the heroine who comes to our rescue. (Doesn’t she always?!) The former Executive Editor for Cook’s Illustrated, prolific food columnist and New York Times best-selling author brings us another collection of versatile formulas designed for the home cook, making meat-less cooking easier—and more satisfying—than ever. You’re going to LOVE this one!

Time For Dinner
Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspirations and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week, Pilar Guzman, Jenny Rosenstrach and Alanna Stang
Leave it to these former editors of beloved Cookie magazine to help us reclaim dinner, step-by-step. Just like the magazine, this book is gorgeous, keeps things simple, is packed with great ideas and stays practical… all with style. The strategies in this book are just as valuable as the recipes, with info on stocking a family pantry, mixing and matching meals and meal planning that even you fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind can get down with. This is, simply put, a family cooking essential.

Meals in Minutes
Meals in Minutes, Jamie Oliver
The leader of the Food Revolution has done it again. More (and more!) delectable recipes that come together in the few minutes that we parents have to put together weeknight meals. Jamie’s approach doesn’t sacrifice quality in the name of time, but focuses on organization and smart shortcuts to turn out dishes like Rib Eye Stir Fry with Dan Dan Noodles, Pan Fried Scallops with Sweet Chili Rice and Green Curry in no time. Super-dad Oliver elevates home cooking in an adorably light-hearted way—and, boy, do we love him for it!

Parents Need to Eat Too
Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents, Debbie Koenig
You will be one of the first people to get your hands on this book when it comes out early next year. I’m over-the-moon to offer you guys a hot-off-the-press copy of my friend Debbie’s new book. Many of you may know Debbie from her blog, Words to Eat By—and now we get even more of her! Her book is specifically designed for frazzled, sleep-deprived parents, filled with easy recipes (even for parents who can’t cook!), instructions on how to turn each into baby food and meals you can make with one had. It’s a book full of real-life tested solutions to the real kitchen challenges new parents find themselves facing.

The Family Dinner
A signed copy of The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt
Laurie and Kirstin (along with their fab Family Dinner team) are among my favorite new food heroines. These ladies have spent 2011 being fearless advocates for family dinner. They have helped us understand the vital importance of sitting together for a healthy, natural family meal—from our physical health to our emotional well being—and this is the book that started it all. This inspirational guide includes fantastic recipes, tips on teaching green values and conversation starters. Laurie has graciously offered to sign the winner’s book, making this copy extra super duper special.

To be eligible to win, leave a comment by midnight on Sunday 12/11 telling us your favorite family-friendly cookbook.

Good luck! And be sure to regularly check all of the giveaways in this series at The 12 Days of Yum HQ


*This prize package is valued at about $110.00 plus shipping. Most books will be delivered by One Hungry Mama, while two will come from publishers. All will go to a winner in the U.S. selected by Random.org. This post is not sponsored by any of the authors or publishers. I reached out to ask them to participate—not the other way around. They kindly said yes. (Thank you!) I have not received anything for free in relation to this post/giveaway series and all opinions are strictly my own, thank you very much. Oh, and none of the Amazon links are connected to the OHM affiliate account. I just want you to check out these books!

92 Responses

  1. Carrie says:

    I have to say Mollie Katzen works for me. I love the Moosewood Cookbook and the Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I can always find something quick and yummy for the entire family.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have to go with the old standby (and hand-me-down) Betty Crocker. Right now it’s open to Russian tea cakes.

  3. Staci A says:

    These look like amazing cookbooks! Our go-tos are Betty Crocker or The Toddler Cookbook.

  4. Jenni says:

    Wow, what a great collection of cookbooks!! My two favorites at hte moment would have to be a tie between the Americas Test Kitchen Family Cookbook and Annabel Karmel’s First Meals

  5. Christy T says:

    Our go to is All About Braising because it warms the house and brings everyone to the table.

  6. Debbie says:

    So exciting – these books are literally my Christmas list! I’ve been working my way through these and others via the library – a great way to experiment and find the ones that work for you and your kids without having to buy. Right now I’m working my way through the Jamie Oliver book above – not only did I get a lot of help making it, but my little guy has been scarfing it up. Very fun stuff. Beyond books, I use this site and others for my family meal adventures – thanks!

  7. carly says:

    The Candle Cafe Cookbook

  8. Rob says:

    Mark Bittman’s how to cook everything, because no matter what ingredients I have on hand I can always find something to cook. The recipe’s also allow me to adjust with my young children’s ever changing tastes.

  9. Kat says:

    We’ve made some great recipes as a family from Mollie Katzen’s cookbooks.

  10. julie says:

    WOW WOW WOW!!!! These books sound great. I too love cookbooks- espcially ones that inspire me to get in the kitchen and cood vs just prepare food. Right now the book I use most is Time for Dinner. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Janet says:

    I love the Whole Family Cookbook (Michelle Stern). Not only are the recipes fantastic but it encourages you to get kids thinking about food at an early age. Also there is nothing better than a healthy fun activity to share with your kids and grandkids.

  12. I don’t have any family-specific cookbooks, but I use Bitman’s How to Cook Everything A LOT. I like the way he has some very basic recipes but with a million variation ideas so that when I find a recipe that works well it doesn’t get boring. I can’t wait to see Debbie K’s book!

  13. julie says:

    I like so many cookbooks and looking at recipes. I am not sure what my favorite one is.

  14. sami says:

    I love Michelle’s The Whole Family Cookbook! Great recipes and stories! And it makes cooking fun and easy for the whole family – not just mom!

  15. Jenne says:

    My favorite family friendly cookbook is Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese.

  16. Ace Dans says:

    We love Fields of Greens by Annie Somerville. My husband is from a non-vegitarian household, but he likes everything I make from that book. Link! http://www.amazon.com/Fields-Greens-Vegetarian-Celebrated-Restaurant/dp/0553091395

  17. Delia says:

    We always grab The Enchanted Broccoli Forest…. easy & quick recipes with ingredients we usually have on hand!

  18. amy says:

    I have a lot of favorites but my current favorite is Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen: Recipes from My Family to Yours by Trisha Yearwood. The best potato soup recipe is in that book!

  19. Kerri says:

    My favorite cookbook is a compilation of recipes from my great aunts and grandmother. It is something very special and everything I cook reminds me of childhood and love

  20. Jessica says:

    wow!! awesome collection. my constant go-to is how to cook everything. but i am in the market for some new books to help spark my ideas for feeding my 14 month old!

  21. Susie says:

    How to Cook Everything and a variety of Cook’s Illustrated cookbooks are my go tos, but I tend to use the web a lot these days too.

  22. Veronica says:

    I like the new cookbook “what chefs feed their kids”

  23. Ashley says:

    I tend to use Cooking Light as my go-to resource. I definitely could use some new cookbooks!

  24. DebYM says:

    Newest book I’m reading/using is ‘what chefs feed their kids’ by Fanae Aaron. Broken out by age etc. Good/fun stuff.

  25. Faye says:

    For family meals, I most often refer to your blog among many others but I also use Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything; Moosewood’s Simple Suppers; and any one of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I took out Melissa Clark’s book from the library and would love to have my own copy along with any of the other books mentioned. Faye

  26. Sarah Humm says:

    Cooking for Baby by Lisa Barnes got me through the first 2 years, and I still use many of the recipes. Also anything by Mark Bittman, especially How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and Kitchen Express. And- this almost goes without saying- many One Hungry Mama recipes are printed out in my own “book”.

  27. Natasha says:

    Cookbook lust! Love this selection. My kid has a decently adventurous palate, so the cookbook that has most influenced how I cook for my family is Super Natural Cooking (and more recently Super Natural Every Day). Because of Heidi Swanson, I cook a lot more varied vegetables than I used to.

  28. Shiloa says:

    I would have to say it is the cookbook I made. It has my favorite recipes from growing up and from learning how to cook when I first got married.

  29. Lucy says:

    I love the book “Baby Love”. Has recipes for homemade baby food, as well as recipes for toddlers (which I have made for the whole family…the mac and cheese with a sprinkle of nutmeg is amazing) and adults…which I have fed to my 21 month old. Every time I make the “Norah’s Brain Booster Muffins” (w/ flaxseed and whole wheat flour), I am asked for the recipe.

  30. hannah v says:

    It’s not exactly a book, but mym grandmother and mother’s recipes are my go-to!

  31. Kelly G says:

    refresh (from the restaurant Fresh in Toronto)

  32. Sherry says:

    I am re-posting a comment because I think my first comment got deleted for some reason…. I swear I am not trying to enter twice! 🙂

    I have never encountered an Ina Garten recipe that wasn’t amazing, so my Barefoot Contessa books are my most-used. These books all look amazing too!

  33. Catherine says:

    My fave family cookbook is ATK’s Family Cookbook!

  34. Kim says:

    I love Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbooks! All the picky non-veggie eaters in my family love the taste, and I love the nutrition!

  35. megan says:

    Peas & Thank You!

  36. Sophia says:

    I love Rachel Rays cook books. My favorite one I have is the Look+Cook book of Rachel Ray’s. My second favorite is not actually a book, but Kraft Foods has a Food and Family Magazine that has quick, easy, and family friendly recipes. Its so fun to create those recipes with family!

  37. Vivian says:

    How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman. Definitely not a misnomer.

  38. Teslaca says:

    One of my odd favorites for family friendly recipes is The Accidental Vegan. The dishes use regular pantry items I always have around and are mostly quick and easy to make. It’s a great book to find a last minute dinner idea in.

    I love Pam Anderson’s cookbooks and would love to win this new one focused more closely on vegetarian foods. Looks great!

  39. Collette says:

    I’m currently liking the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. Lots of recipes, I like reading about the testing they do and a great variety of stuff.

  40. rachel Kaufman says:

    I am really enjoying Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s “River Cottage Everyday” cookbook. His River Cottage Family cookbook is on my Christmas wish list and imagine it will be just as good, or better!

  41. Amanda P. says:

    I am currently using the Simply wonderful cookbook. There are a lot of yummy family friendly recipies!!

  42. Beth says:

    I covet all these cookbooks, especially with baby #2 on the way in March! I feel like I’m still getting used to cooking for 3, so I’ve been relying on the crockpot quite a bit this Fall. I like the America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook is my fave of the moment.