[All photos in this post were taken by me]
Title: The Mom 100 Cookbook
Author: Katie Workman
Published: 2012; Pages 333
Genre: All Around Cookbook
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of cookbook reading—reading through recipes is a task my brain seems to be able to handle these days. Five minutes here and there without a plot to remember or characters to keep up with. I’ve even taken cookbooks to bed with me! I have several cookbooks that I enjoy browsing through but none that I love quite like I do The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman.
I first learned of Mom 100 from Beth Fish
when she nudged me in the book’s direction for a springform recipe when I was doing my monthly challenge. When I was at Target a few days later I saw the book on the shelf and picked it up to browse through it. I went through this whole “I don’t need another cookbook, oooh but it’s so pretty” song and dance and finally happily walked away with it in my cart. Yes—full disclosure that I bought Mom 100.
The premise of Mom 100 is simple—Workman takes 20 different scenarios (she calls them dilemmas) and provides five solutions along with multiple “fork in the road” suggestions along with the solutions. For example Breakfast, Appetizers, Potluck, Simple Weekend Desserts. The recipes in the book are not complicated and some of them are quite common and are things you probably already do without a recipe (popcorn?!) but the way that each recipe is presented provides so many additional avenues and ideas that make the tired or boring recipe brand new and exciting.
Simplest Shrimp Kabobs…basically with what we already had on hand:
Ok—if I haven’t already praised enough here’s the technical.
Colored pictures on every page—droolworthy gorgeous pictures. The recipes all have variations clearly outlined for picky eaters. There is lots of room for vegetarian eaters though there are clearly defined sections for meats. Tips and hints and other tidbits. And just overall awesomeness. At the rate I’m going it will take me a while to fully digest everything in this book, but I certainly hope this won’t be the last for Katie Workman. Everything that we’ve cooked (marinated shrimp, granola, soy-ginger flank steak, roasted veggies) has been delicious and wholesome. Perhaps a little heavier than a light eater would prefer but the “forks in the road” provide lots of deviations to work around different diets.
And tell me this granola doesn’t look divine:
What I love most about Mom 100?
Ok, this is a tough question because I seriously love this cookbook so much that I want to hug it until every ounce of goodness is squeezed out. But what I love most is Workman’s honest and down to earth asides. Her recipes are realistic and easy and she’s very forgiving and open. There is a lot of pressure for clean eating and getting out of the box and I have been trying very hard to do this over the past year, but sometimes I feel so beat down by trying to eat real. It’s not hard but it’s definitely not always easier. I love her note: “I figure if most of the stuff they eat is not overly processed and is pretty healthy, then it will do more harm than good to be overly militant about the occasional hot dog. Plus, my kids might snap and beat me with a Twizzler while I sleep.”
Serious goodness. Is there a cookbook you absolutely adore?
The Mom 100 Cookbook on Amazon
The Mom 100 Cookbook on Indiebound
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