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Cookbooks for busy families

Even though it seems like you have the least amount of time during the fall and winter months, with back to school and the holidays, the reality is that every season is busy for most of us. Eating out is expensive and can take even longer than sitting down to a home cooked meal, yet beyond your favorite go-to recipes, you’re running short on family dinner ideas. Fret not! Here are a few of our favorite cookbooks that were written with the busy family in mind. They’ll put those too oft-forgotten time-saving kitchen appliances to work.

The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, Second EditionThe 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, Second Edition

The humble slow cooker is receiving a growing level of attention these days with people turning to lower-energy appliances and time-efficient ways to cook healthy, hearty meals for their entire family. The second edition of Judith Finlayson’s The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes (Robert Rose, 2011) has been revised and expanded for today’s food trends. It delivers nearly 100 of the first edition’s scrumptious slow cooker recipes, plus an additional 75 new recipes that reflect updated tastes and the desire for healthier fare. Think Down-Home Chicken Gumbo, Minestrone with Crostini, Classic Lasagna, Lamb Korma with Spinach and Blackberry Peach Cobbler. As a tasty bonus, Finlayson also shares over a dozen of her sumptuous chili recipes, including Chili with Black Beans with Grilled Chicken.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pressure CookingThe Complete Idiots Guide to Pressure Cooking

Remember that pressure cooker you got for a wedding present that you’ve pushed to the back of the cabinet because you haven’t a clue how to put it to use? While learning a new cooking technique may seem daunting, pressure cooking will save you loads of time in the kitchen and assist you in serving nutritious, delicious meals to your family. The Complete Idiots Guide to Pressure Cooking (Alpha, 2011) by Carole Jacobs and Chef Patrice Johnson is the time-saving cookbook for you, taking the guesswork out of pressure cooking, and delivering more than 200 simple yet scrumptious pressure cooker recipes covering every meal of the day. You’ll be delighted to discover that dusting off that pressure cooker will give you the ability to cook amazing meals, such as Vegetable Stew with Pineapple Chutney, Herbed Cornish Game Hens, Lamb Shank Provencal, Best Barley Greek Salad and Braised Cabbage and Apples. Got a sweet tooth? Jacobs and Johnson share a tasty array of pressure cooker desserts, such as cheesecakes, custards and puddings that are cooked in minutes.

300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes

Your rice cooker isn’t just a convenience-appliance that perfectly cooks rice when you don’t want to tend to a pot on the stove. As Katie Chin’s cookbook 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes (Robert Rose, 2011) proves, your rice cooker can cook hearty, healthy meals featuring rice and other whole grains, beans, vegetables and even meats. Chin gives you a wide range of recipes inspired by flavors from around the world for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. A few of our favorite rice cooker recipes include Berry Breakfast Risotto, Red Lentil and Rice Patties, Tuscan Wheat Berry Soup, Wild Rice and Pork Stew, Bombay Turkey and Rocky Road Polenta Pudding. Your rice cooker is not only a time-saving kitchen appliance; it can also help you deliciously incorporate more whole grains and vegetables into your family’s diet.

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