cover image Dinner Tonight: 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes for Every Night of the Week

Dinner Tonight: 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes for Every Night of the Week

Alex Snodgrass. Morrow, $35 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-327847-9

While Defined Dish blogger Snodgrass (The Comfortable Kitchen) builds off the idea of “simplified, delicious recipes” achieved through store-bought ingredients and shortcuts to make cooking and cleanup easier, this collection is more inventive than its premise might suggest. Flavor profiles range from Cajun (creamy Cajun fish) to Thai (tom yum–inspired shrimp stir fry), plus plenty of fusion fare including curried chili, chicken pot pie chowder, and herby harissa lamb pasta, a “Middle Eastern twist to a classic pasta.” One-pot cooking features prominently, as in the sheet pan hot honey dijon chicken and “one-skillet lasagna,” which exemplifies Snodgrass’s approach at its quickest and most family-friendly, calling for store-bought sauce and no-boil noodles. Salads range from a 20-minute Italian chopped salad with deli meats to an elaborate sheet pan salmon niçoise. With a focus on flexibility for those following specific eating plans, each recipe is tagged as gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, or paleo or Whole30 compliant (with or without modifications). A short, entirely gluten-free dessert chapter offers a paleo-friendly chocolate chunk cookie skillet that is sure to be a hit. The variety, simplicity, and flexibility of these recipes make this a handy guide for home cooks tackling the challenges of weeknight family dinners. Agent: Nicole Tourtelot, Gernert Co. (Dec.)