Cracking the spine of Michael Smith Family Meals immediately made me ponder one of life’s biggest questions; is it wrong to be jealous of children? Because I’m genuinely envious of the fact that his three kids get to have one of Canada’s most-beloved chefs cook for them every single day, and that it’s completely normal. You know, because he’s their dad. But that’s my issue and I’m prepared to deal with it.
The very next thing I thought was: he gets it. You’re busy. You’re tired. And you want ideas for family meals that you’ll actually make, instead of just posting on your Pinterest and daydreaming about. #nailedit
Michael Smith Family Meals is filled with doable recipes designed to cut the family cook some serious slack. It’s not a snooty book written in hard-to-follow chef-speak; it’s filled with wholesome recipes that busy families can tap into when they find cooking every… single… day, starts to become a little draining. Because anyone who regularly cooks for kids knows, it can. And fast.
Take the Bacon Salad with Crispy Onions and Pizza Soup. Come on. What kid wouldn’t be thrilled to have this on the menu? Meanwhile, Stovetop Chicken With Dumplings is exactly the type of one-pot meal you can cozy up to on a fall day, and his version can be whipped up in a snap thanks to fast-cooking chicken breasts. And for breakfast, his Overnight Oatmeal Jars with Last-Minute Stir-ins is one of those make-ahead, grab-and-go items you can feel really good about.
The recipes in Michael Smith Family Meals don’t require a ton of ingredients or hard-to-find items with no business in the average family’s pantry (sorry, you won’t find any love for black truffles or Himalayan pink salt here). Divided into easy-to-digest sections like ‘Cook Ahead’, ‘Meatless Mondays’ and ‘Family Meals in Minutes’, almost every recipe has an accompanying glamour shot—which in my humble opinion is an essential factor in any good cookbook.
What You Can Expect:
- Classic favourites with a twist
- Fresh ingredients
- Fast, doable recipes
- Lots of pictures
Sample Recipes Inside:Bacon Salad with Crispy Onions, Pizza Soup, Stovetop Chicken With Dumplings, Overnight Oatmeal Jars with Last-Minute Stir-ins, Gingersnap Tiramisu, Tortilla Lasagna, Weeknight or Weekend Beef Stew, Rosemary Apple Braised Chicken, Chili Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Avocado Salsa, Fallen Chocolate Cake Stuffed With Whipped Cream, Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Photo to Recipe Ratio: 1:2
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Photo credits: Ryan Szulc
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