You’ve probably figured out by now that being a mom involves a lot of cooking… and, if you have a family who gets tired of Taco Tuesdays and Chili Fridays, it’s time to add some new recipes to your box.

If you don't already have these family-friendly cookbooks in your kitchen, you'll want to pick them up today and get cookin'!

Better Homes


First Meals


A cookbook that has been around for ages and covers all of the classics -- from salad dressings, meals to desserts -- the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book 15th edition is a must-have for every kitchen... and especially for families! This is a cookbook that your mom and likely even your grandmother used in their own kitchens over the years. It comes in handy when you can't remember exactly how to make a soft boiled egg or the proportions of the perfect vinaigrette.

An expert in what to feed new eaters, with numerous books on how to make meals for babies and toddlers that are both simple and delicious, First Meals by Annabel Karmel should be one of the first cookbooks you buy for your family. Although the meals are designed for children, they can easily be multiplied to create delicious meals for your entire family -- and the concepts for feeding children that are consistent throughout the entire book will change the way you think about feeding your kids.

Everyday Food


The Cake Mix Doctor


A compilation cookbook from the makers of Martha Stewart Living magazine's Everyday Food, Everyday Food: Great Food Fast highlights the best of the best in quick and easy meals that have been featured in the publication. Despite being from household maven, Martha, we love these recipes for families because they focus on using fresh ingredients and don't have ingredient lists that are a mile long. Most of all, the meals can be made with minimum instructions and steps.

How many times have you needed to bring a dessert somewhere, but don't have the time to make something from scratch? The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn will save your cupcake over and over again. You'll be amazed at what you can whip up using cake mix as a base -- and should come in handy for those forgotten school bake sales, impromptu dinner guests and preschool potlucks that are on every busy family's calendar!

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