The Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt
I was thrilled when I saw this book on Netgalley. Having 4 kids of various ages and activity levels I can definitely identify with the word madhouse. The book is divided into 3 chapters - Monday-To-Friday Survival, The Busy Weekends, and Cling Onto Your Social Life. British food writer, stylist, and TV host Jo Pratt tries to take a realistic look at putting food on the table between work and activities. I do wonder how well some of the recipes translate to American diets. Smoked salmon, anchovies and beans on toast aren't a regular part of my diet as a rule. I don't see my children (or in some cases my husband) eating many of these recipes willingly. There are some very tasty dinner ideas like Simple Slow Roast Chicken dinner, Pan-Fried Chimichurri Steak, and Mozzarella and Risotto Primavera Cakes. There is a sizable collection of desserts including some delicious looking crumbles and a fruit yogurt brulee as well as the standard frosted cakes and cupcakes. This may not be the book that keeps your pickiest kids fed but it's a book full of intriguing recipes that could help break you out of the same old same old cooking rut.
Verdict: Recommended with reservations. Not a book if you're looking for a solid go-to family cookbook but perfect if you're looking for something new.