By Alice Wong & Natasha Tabori Fried
Welcome Books, $24.95, 352 pages
The Little Big Cookbook for Moms, edited by Alice Wong and Natasha Tabori Fried, is perfect for young mothers and their families. This beautifully produced manual is illustrated with hundreds of vintage images that range in size from small to full page. All are gorgeous and readers of all ages will flip through the pages simply to enjoy the graphics. The introduction covers health and nutrition for children, pantry staples, spices and herbs and preparing baby food. The recipes are divided into breakfasts, soups/sandwiches, snacks, dinners, veggies/sides and desserts. The book’s layout is easy to use and the recipes are simple, well written, and use readily available ingredients. Find basics such as Chicken Potpie, Super Nachos, Rice Noodle Salad and Apple Crisp. Many recipes feature interesting tips and are followed by suggestions for variations. Useful tables and lists include Lunch Bag Stuffers, Nuts and Seeds, Popcorn Toppers, Sauces, Know Your Fish and A Month of Dinners. The cross-referenced index is excellent.