We have a ton of kid cookbooks—many of them came from the good old Cookie Magazine days, when we were sent cookbooks to check out. But none of them are as brilliant in their set-up as this one we just found in a thrift store, Dinner’s Ready Mom, first published in 1986. I can’t speak to the recipe development (we haven’t cooked from it yet), but I love the way it’s broken out: “Needed” section, timelines, and titles that tell you exactly what to expect (“Ugly-but-good Chicken”). You can find used copies online.


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Comments (2)


  1. Posted by: Caitlin

    I had this book growing up – I got it as a gift (from my mom, ha!) when I was about 11. I loved making dinner from it. My favorite was a lemon, chicken and rice casserole… i still remember the recipe by heart and still make it!! (I have incorporated a few additional ingredients to jazz it up)

    • Posted by: Yolanda Edwards

      thanks caitlin for writing in–love that you had this cookbook as a child!

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