KATIE WORKMAN is the author of The Mom 100 Cookbook. She is also the founding Editor in Chief of Cookstr.com, the website that shares tested, trusted recipes from cookbooks created by respected chefs and cookbook authors.
Katie was a kid who loved to cook, and a kid who loved cookbooks. She grew up teaching herself how to cook from the Silver Palate Cookbook, making bumpy homemade pasta following Marcella’s Hazan’s instructions in The Essentials of Italian Cooking to the letter, and asking for the entire Moosewood trilogy for holidays.
Her first job after college was with Clarkson Potter Publishers, specializing, naturally, in cookbooks, and she remained there for 12 years learning every part of the cookbook publishing world while becoming a Senior Editor. Katie worked with individual authors as well as companies—like Pillsbury and The American Heart Association—to develop their publishing programs. After a shorter stint as Associate Publisher at Workman Publishing, Katie left to help launch Cookstr.com in 2008. This was also the beginning of her career as an active food writer. She established the popular Cookstr weekly newsletter, and wrote for many websites and publications, including The Daily Beast, AOL Food, KitchenDaily.com, AARP.com, bravo.com, Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine. She currently writes a bi-weekly column for The Huffington Post.
Katie sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit, and for the past 20 years has been an active supporter of Share Our Strength, a hunger relief organization dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger. Katie lives with her husband and two children in New York City, where she’s developed such an open-house reputation that all sorts of friends, neighbors, and families with kids in tow wind up at her table.
THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK by Katie Workman, founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com and a mother of two, delivers solutions to the 20 most common cooking dilemmas that every modern mom faces, providing recipes and tips for parents who are so baffled by their kids’ food preferences that mealtime has become a minefield.
• The English Muffin Pizza as a breakfast alternative
• Lunches that won’t get tossed or returned
• Snacks that don’t come in crinkly bags
• Entrées to feed the overnight vegetarian convert
• Seafood mains that even fish-o-phobes will embrace
• Best-shot vegetable dishes
• The fudgiest brownies you’ll ever eat . . . made using only one pot!
Katie shows moms how to crack open the door for the salad rejecter and how to make an enticing entrée with whatever’s in the fridge. Her recipes include brilliant shortcuts, such as a four-ingredient casserole perfect for family and company, and cooking flank steak in the broiler—so quick and simple!
Katie’s straightforward approach to tackling everyday cooking dilemmas makes for a candid read, with wise tips, personal anecdotes, and wry one-liners sprinkled throughout. Exemplifying the deliciousness of simplicity, each of her smart, crowd-pleasing recipes masterfully combines basic ingredients and ingenious techniques for extraordinary results.
Because Katie knows what it’s like to be a mom in the kitchen, her recipes also include special Fork in the Road suggestions as well as Make Ahead and What the Kids Can Do sidebars.
• A Fork in the Road recipe lets you make one basic dish while still catering to different tastes. Example: Your picky eater is less adventurous with couscous than the rest of your family. After the couscous is cooked, set aside a portion to be kept plain, then add the rest of the spices and vegetables to the remaining couscous.
• What the Kids Can Do sidebars include ways kids can join in and help prepare the recipes. Example: When making Corn Chowder, kids can crumble cooled bacon, smash up cooked potatoes and vegetables, and sprinkle individual portions with scallions and chives.
• Make Ahead recipes are ones you can prepare in advance and store in the fridge or freezer to eat sometime later—they’re even better than leftovers.
Each of the 100 recipes is complemented by mouthwatering color photographs taken by Todd Coleman, executive food editor of Saveur magazine. The result is an attractive, easy to understand, indispensable resource that every mom will be grateful for every day of the week.
“One of the best cookbook authors of her generation, Katie Workman is the perfect person to help Moms everywhere get delicious meals to the table. I’m waiting for my invitation to her ‘taco night’.” –BOBBY FLAY, chef, Mesa Grill, and author of The Bar Americain Cookbook
“These are the 100 recipes everyone needs! They’re the classics your family wants with the volume turned up—plus lots of great tips for busy parents. I love the recipes!” –INA GARTEN, author of The Barefoot Contessa cookbooks
“Katie Workman writes with the confidence of a mom who’s been in the kitchen trenches with two hungry boys and emerged without a scratch. Katie should be given a trophy for not dumbing down the food she serves her kids, and you’ll want to hug her for all of her smart tips, opinions and amusing commentary—’enough with the frozen chicken nuggets’ indeed!” –AMANDA HESSER, co-founder of Food52 blog and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook
“Every busy mom needs a repertoire of go-to crowd-pleasers like these. The recipes in Katie Workman’s smart, sassy new cookbook will have even picky eaters asking for seconds!” –GIADA DELAURENTIS, author of Everyday Italian