Mom 100 Cookbook – Katie Workman

August 18, 2012 In the Kitchen, Reading Nook 17

[All photos in this post were taken by me]

Title: The Mom 100 Cookbook
Author: Katie Workman
Published: 2012; Pages 333
Publisher: Workman
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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17 Responses to “Mom 100 Cookbook – Katie Workman”

  1. bermudaonion

    I’ve got that cookbook but really haven’t looked through it yet. I just haven’t been cooking much here lately. One of my favorite cookbooks is Robin Takes 5.

  2. Chinoiseries

    Yes, your granola makes me want to go and make some myself (if only it wasn’t stifling hot in my kitchen atm)! I wholly agree with the idea of finding a balance between making from scratch and eating processed food. I’m not sure I’d find the time to make everything myself o__o
    Kabobs are my biggest challenge… there’s always one or two bits that are larger than the rest, resulting in an unevenly cooked stick of veggies =.=

  3. samantha.1020

    I am ALWAYS looking for a good cookbook since I’m a below average cook (but I like to learn). I’m definitely off to see if my library system has a copy of this. It sounds like recipes that I could make myself ;) Thanks for sharing Trish!

  4. Peppermint Ph.D.

    I’m definitely going to take a look at this one…glad you mentioned pics bc pics vs. no pics is a deal breaker for me…I’m just such a visual person, I have to have pics :p This sounds like exactly what I need for the school year, which after only one week, is kicking my “mommy needs to cook during the week” butt already :P

  5. Vasilly

    After all of your praise, I think I need to try this cookbook. A cookbook that I adore is The Back In the Day Cookbook. Every recipe I’ve tried is fantastic.

  6. Trish

    *Bermuda – I hope you enjoy it!

    *Beth F – Katie mentioned on twitter today that she feels like she must have written this one just for me and that is how it seems. It is perfect for where I am at in life and know that I’ll be able to use this one again and again.

    *Chinoiseries – We struggle with kabobs too, especially since shrimp cooks so quickly. Using tomatoes and squash helped with the quick cooking time but I know what you mean about having veggies in all various states. In terms of wholesome cooking–I do my best but would spend HOURS in the kitchen if everything was from scratch.

    *Rikki – Thanks! I hope you’ll check it out. The granola is wonderful–not too sweet and very versatile. So far we’ve been enjoying it with milk and fresh fruit and also in plain yogurt. Mmmm!

    *Sam – Some of the recipes are more involved with others but I think Workman does a great job of showing you how many different things you can do with one dish to make it a little different from cooking to cooking. I hope you like it as much as I do!

    *Peppermint PhD – Workman does include some tips for making parts of the meals ahead of time but I do wish that there was a bit more on how to make some of these freezer friendly. I’m doing some experimenting with some of the recipes now (freezing to make later) but not sure how they’ll do.

    *Vasilly – I hope you enjoy it–one of the things I like is Workman gives great tips for how you can keep your kids involved in helping with the cooking. Might be great for your little hands. I’ll check out Back in the Day Cookbook!

  7. jama

    Now you’ve definitely gotten my curiosity up. I’ll look for this in the library first — and then purchase if it speaks to me. Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Carole

    I have promised myself that I will join the library and get out some of these awesome cookbooks. Have a great week.

  9. Heather

    Oooooo! This sounds so great!!! I get beat down sometimes too, by trying to eat out of the box more. Wait until Elle can start talking back and wanting to know why, exactly, she can’t have those nasty chicken nuggets. *sigh* I’m going to look this book up. Thanks for reviewing it!

  10. (Diane) bookchickdi

    I reviewed Katie’s book a few months ago, and I do love the layout of the book. It really is invaluable for those people who have to satisfy many different tastes.

  11. Trish

    *jama – I hope you enjoy Mom 100!

    *Carole – Hope your library has a copy of this one. It’s a fun one to browse.

    *stacybuckeye – We’re still cooking Elle’s meals separately but this one will be a fun one when she’s able to help in the kitchen (thinking years from now).

    *Heather – I think that Mom 100 provides the perfect balance–everything is more or less homemade but there’s a simplicity to these recipes that is nice. The one thing that I’m wishing I could get away from is Cream of Mushroom Soup but I can’t figure out how to substitute without adding so many more ingredients! (Not that any of these recipes call for CoM…just an example).

    *BookChickDi – I think this one is great for satisfying different tastes but also for branching out from a recipe. Great kitchen confidence booster!

    *Marg – The fork in the road instructions are great! I’m always wishing that I could improvise more with my cooking and her instructions are great for starting to do this. Wish more authors would give this.

    *Sheila (Bookjourney) – The shrimp took about 5 minutes to cook–was awesome! We’re planning on making it again this week.

    *Teresa – I hope you enjoy Mom 100 as much as I have!

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