cover image The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook: Delicious, Inspiring Meals for Busy Families

The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook: Delicious, Inspiring Meals for Busy Families

Debra Ponzek with Mary Goodbody. Running Press, $22 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7624-4475-5

In her new book (written with Mary Goodbody), professional chef and mother of three Debra Ponzek aims to alleviate dinnertime anxiety for busy families by providing new, simple-to-prepare dishes that will appeal to everyone at the table. “Who wants to make the same thing week in and week out?” asks the author. “That’s what this book is all about: easy, accessible recipes you can add to your weekly rotation. That will help you survive the challenge of planning meals day after day.” Chapters are arranged by ingredient or technique. “Easy Soups and Salads” are familiar and comforting but also have flair, like spicy cucumber, avocado, and mango soup; white bean and arugula soup; and Kale salad with fennel and almonds. Dishes from “The Fish Market” chapter include elegant miso-marinated cod and sesame-orange scallops. All-time favorite crowd pleasers like the perfect roast chicken, chicken piccata, and chicken and biscuits are a few examples from the chapter. “Let’s Grill Tonight” suggests chipotle, lime, and honey grilled flank steak; grilled leg of lamb with mustard and garlic; and superstar teriyaki salmon. Other chapters include “On the Slow Side,” featuring hearty chilis and stews, as well as pork chops marinated with apple cider, Sunday pot roast, and braised short ribs to name a few. “Pasta and Beyond,” “Everybody Loves Burgers,” and the always-enjoyable “Breakfast for Dinner” round out the selections. A charming book full of fresh, inspired, and tasty recipes that is sure to shake up your family’s dinner routine. (Apr.)