I have found very few cookbooks that have more than a handful of really good recipes. My favorite cookbook is Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites. I have owned it for over fifteen years and I use it all of the time. It is not a coffee table book and has no illustrations. It's functional and reliable, torn and tattered, tried and true. And it is what I always fall back on when I crave something comforting and familiar.
Because I have two children, I try to prepare meals that are family-friendly, balanced and nutritious. I want my children to gain an appreciation for cooking, so I involve them in the kitchen as much as possible. It gives them a sense of pride and also makes them more likely to try new and different foods. I don't want my kids to grow up relying on "convenience" foods that are are high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and have little to no nutritional value.
In the summertime, my children enjoy helping me in our garden. We also belong to a farm co-op and enjoy visiting farmer's markets. My kids are familiar with vegetables such as beets, kale and brussel sprouts - sometimes they even eat them! I want them to appreciate natural and whole foods, rather than those that are chemically processed. With that said, they also love their pizza and macaroni and cheese. I try to teach them balance and an "everything in moderation" approach.
In addition to good health, I want recipes that are convenient. Ingredients need to be readily accessible, fairly inexpensive and easy to prepare. Most importantly, they must taste good! Each month, I will be featuring a different cookbook, trying recipes and rating them. Welcome to my kitchen - I look forward to sharing many recipes with you!