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Feeding the Family: 6 Practical Cookbooks

Finding the time, motivation and know-how to feed a hungry family a balanced meal can be a very real challenge. On top of a day’s work, wanting to have some quality family time and getting the chores done, cooking can feel like an added stress to the week.

Here are a few recipe books that will give you the encouragement you need to plan, prepare and serve healthy and family-oriented meals. 

Feeding The Whole Family

What is the hardest thing when cooking for different ages? What and for who. This whole-foods recipe book explains to parents how they can make meals for the whole family by modifying ingredients and offering different versions.

Feeding A Family

With great tips on how to extend ingredients to tomorrow’s dinner, this recipe book gives you all the tools you need to make meal time a great success. Weekdays are for quick, healthy meals while the weekend can allow for spending a little more time on a recipes, and even involving other members of the family. 

The School Year Survival Cookbook

Revolving around the notion that we do not have time to spend hours in the kitchen, this is not just a list of recipes but a fail-safe, strategic guide to keeping your sanity and ensuring your family has nutritious and tasty meals, three times a day!

Smitten Kitchen Every Day

When you don’t want to compromise on anything, this is the book for you. Perelman knows the importance of healthy ingredients but is also aware that we don’t have time to soak, marinate or ferment numerous times a week. The 100 recipes here will soon become so easy that you just may be able to do them blindfolded.  

The Dinner Plan

There are 135 recipes in this book, and they’re cleverly divided into blocks of five to make up the week. The meal strategies are called Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry. Whatever the week throws at you, The Dinner Plan will give you the tips and tools to succeed.

An Everlasting Meal

If you are more of a thinker and less of a speed demon, this philosophical approach to cooking will ensure your family has healthy meals that remind will remind you what a pleasure it is to cook and eat. Tamar encourages us to believe in our abilities, and that with any budget or skill set we can do it and do it well.


British Canadian with a passion for travelling, languages, food and all things books. And most importantly, a loving wife and Mummy to two wonderful boys.