Synopses & Reviews
Bravoandrsquo;s Top Chef All-Star and Los Angeles executive chef serves up more than 100 quick and easy family recipes that she developed as a hardworking single mom.
Americaandrsquo;s 26 million working moms face the challenge of getting a delicious home-cooked dinner on the table. For Antonia Lofaso, the issue hits especially close to home, because she holds down multiple jobsandmdash;in the food world, no less. She continues to participate in activities and appearances for Bravo and Top Chef while serving as executive chef of Black Market Liquor Bar. Through it all, she has developed a fantastic repertoire of meals that keep families bondedandmdash;quick, nourishing, hearty fare that soothes the soul.
Showcasing Lofasoandrsquo;s top picks, The Busy Momandrsquo;s Cookbook includes breakfast favorites ranging from pancakes to the worldandrsquo;s best blueberry muffins, and easy but satisfying dinners such as Beef Stroganoff with Creamy Pappardelle and Fish Tacos with Corn Tomatillo Salad. She even tackles the brown-bag lunch with choices that the other kids will envy, including BBQ Chicken Pita Pocket and Turkey-and-Swiss Panini.
The Busy Momandrsquo;s Cookbook is the first book to bring star-quality culinary expertise to the specific needs of busy parents. Laced with memories and lessons from Lofasoandrsquo;s own experience as a working mom, this cookbook speaks from the heart with inspiring, real-world wisdom and plenty of lighthearted humor to encourage every reader to savor the rewards of making mealtime memorable.
andquot;Antonia was a contestant I was always happy to see on Top Chef, when judgingandmdash;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, wiseandmdash;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.andnbsp; It's about time she wrote a book.andquot;andmdash;Anthony Bourdain
, bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential
andldquo;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.andrdquo; andndash; Carla Hall
, Top Chef
fan favorite and co-host of ABCandrsquo;s The Chew
andldquo;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 familyandmdash;just the way Antonia grew up in her family. A must not only for moms, but for any home cook!andrdquo; andndash; Hubert Keller
, chef and owner, Fleur de Lys
Rachael Ray's fans can't seem to get enough of the wonderful recipes featured on her weekly television show, "The 30-Minute Meal." This first collection of audience favorites includes imaginative pastas, salads, sandwiches, make-your-own takeout, and a host of other great eats. Short-cut secrets and shopping tips abound.
See where it all started with the original 30-Minute Meals. This classic Rachael Ray collection will help you get dinner on the table in no time, with easy-to-follow directions and budget-friendly ingredients. With over 120 recipes to choose from, you'll never get stuck in a boring dinner routine again. Favorites include Quick Jambalaya, Ziti with Sausage and Cannellini, and Fajitas, along with kid-tested fare like Zesty Chicken Cutlets Parmigiana and Mini-Meatball Soup that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Over 900,000 sold
Rachael Ray's fans can't seem to get enough of the wonderful recipes featured on her television show, 30-Minute Meals.
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 Bravoandrsquo;s Top Chef and returned as a fan favorite and finalist on Top Chef All-Stars.