Family meals and weeknight cooking are the most common reasons people turn on the stove or heat up the oven. Sometimes quick and easy recipes are most important, but if you relax at the end of the day by treating yourself to a good home-cooked meal, we've got you covered.
A good family cookbook should work whether your family is just one person or a multi-generational group of busy people. Some books offer recipes which can be made in a single pot and left warming on the stove for when mom gets home from work or when grandpa comes back from his cycling class at the gym. Other books are great for when everyone gathers for dinner together, even if those nights are hard to arrange.
Many people want familiar comfort food for their every day dinners, but some people like to have a lot of variety in their weeknight meals. In our descriptions of the different everyday dinners cookbooks, we try to give you a good idea of how adventurous the flavors are, and how complicated the shopping might be.
We know that busy family cooks sometimes don’t have a lot of time for grocery shopping. Recipes which can be made from common pantry items can be really useful on a weeknight when there are many things going on.
But sometimes an unusual ingredient will give you a new flavor that allows you to add fresh zing to reliable recipes you have made for years. That’s one of the great reasons to try something new once in a while. If a new cookbook gives you an idea or a recipe that becomes something you prepare for many years to come, it’s like it has become a part of your family cookbook, one that exists not on a printed page but in everyone’s memories of good meals together.