No matter what food dramas you face at home (picky eater? gluten intolerance? menu fatigue?), there’s probably a cookbook to help you. Here are a few favorites that are hot (or at least warm) off the press, and recommended by our Scoop Editor, Christie Matheson, cookbook reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and author of nine cookbooks herself.
Baby food with a side of celeb chef: Food Network star Tyler Florence’s latest, Start Fresh: Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating, has 60 recipes for baby and toddler food—inspired by his Sprout line of organic baby food. Brilliant for those of us burned out on the same three purees.
Way better than pre-fab mac and cheese: Super Natural Every Day: Well Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson has quickly become a bestseller thanks to its collection of about 100 user-friendly recipes for super-wholesome foods.
Gluten-free kids like thin mints, too: The owner of New York’s beloved BabyCakes bakery offers 50 recipes for nostalgic standards in Babycakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes From Donuts to Snickerdoodles. Every treat is free of gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar.
If it has to be pasta, you might as well make it interesting: Kid food guru Annabel Karmel’s next book (due out August 9) is Top 100 Pasta Dishes: Easy Everyday Recipes That Children Will Love.
It ain’t easy coming up with 365 dinners a year: Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week comes from three former Cookie magazine editors. We also like eco-celeb Laurie David’s The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time. And next year, look for a new book from Jenny Rosenstrach (one of the aforementioned former Cookie editors), based upon and named for her popular family dinner blog, Dinner: A Love Story.