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The Busy Mom's Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals Hardcover – August 2, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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"Antonia was a contestant I was always happy to see on Top Chef, when judging—or simply watching at home. As a judge, I was relieved to see her as I knew that, if nothing else, I'd be eating well that day. One of the strongest competitors and best cooks ever to appear on the long running series. Smart, no nonsense, wise—and a reliably terrific chef. She grounded the seasons on which she appeared with smart decision making, soulful flavors, and the kind of leadership qualities others would be wise to emulate.  It's about time she wrote a book."
—Anthony Bourdain, bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential

“Antonia has combined Top Chef tasty with busy-mom easy to make incredibly delicious and approachable recipes. Schedule-juggling supermom or not, anyone with a busy schedule and a desire for quick homemade goodness will find themselves returning to this cookbook time and time again.”
–Carla Hall, Top Chef fan favorite and co-host of ABC’s The Chew

“Antonia is a friend, but also an undisputed creative chef. Many moms will enjoy the quick, delicious and accessible recipes, but more important they can teach their kids about food and the importance of the bonding and memories that can happen when you share food around a table as a family—just the way Antonia grew up in her family. A must not only for moms, but for any home cook!”
–Hubert Keller, chef & owner, Fleur de Lys

About the Author

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Antonia Lofaso has was most influenced by her time cooking at Spago before becoming executive chef at Foxtail and now Black Market Liquor Bar in Los Angeles, where she lives with her eleven-year-old daughter. She appeared on the fourth season of Bravo’s Top Chef and returned as a fan favorite and finalist on Top Chef All-Stars.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158333470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334706
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received this book today and was really looking forward to it. The recipes sound delicious and overall I want to try most of them. The one disappointment is I typically enjoy a cookbook due to beautiful photos and this book lacks photographs. There are two small sections with a handful of pics of finished dishes. I find pictures not only add to the aesthetic of a cookbook, but also help to show how a completed dish should look. I think that is my only complaint. The recipes all sound yummy and straightforward. You will enjoy this book if you are a top chef fan and are looking for delicious family meals.
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I didn't find this cookbook to speak to busy moms at all. While the recipes do look tasty, there were a suspiciously large number that involved deep frying. How many busy moms have time to deal with the disposal of fry oil? And I'm not normally one to shy away from rich dishes, but some of them were over-the-top (cooking mussels in a pound of melted butter, for example). The author mentions being on Top Chef repeatedly, and I can't blame her for claiming bragging rights. But as far as time-saving tips for moms are concerned, I would look elsewhere.
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Although there are no pictures, I found the recipes to be easy to use and the dishes didn't require a lot of time making. Well worth the price.
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I don't like over-the-top cookbooks that some chefs write , using advanced techniques and obscure and expensive ingredients. I am happy to say that this cookbook appears to be targeted toward the average cook, mom or dad. The recipes are family-friendly. I have tried a few recipes and they have been a success.
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I was at first disappointed there were not color pictures to each recipe, but actually everything I have made has been super delicious. I consider cookong a meal in 25 minites fast so I had no complaints there. The food was filling and pretty healthy. I have really enjoyed this book. If you want super 10 minute meals then no, this book is not for you. But if you enjoy to cook and juat don't want to spend an hour every night, then definitely add this to yoir library.
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I thought it would be simple meals with simple ingredients but I as a busy mom, I still felt incapable of some of these recipes.
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Lots of good recipes. Wish it had more color photos for the dishes. Love Antonia, she is one of my favorite Top Chefs.
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This book has a lot of good fast recipes and a nice thing is it is not filled with fish or seafood. It has nice easy fast recipes. Walmart 4.97 in their bins by register.
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