For those about to braise, we salute you. This book is not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced cook. This book is for family kitchen survivors. Filled with a review of cooking basics for practiced cooks of any age, this series of recipes and tales will appeal to parents and families, including how to hide vegetables in a sandwich, disguise leftovers for the third day in row and how to fix mistakes that arise when you have to separate the kids AGAIN. Make a good gravy, discover the wonder of making your own chicken broth, re-examine the possibilities of freezing food. The secrets of a good roast chicken, BBQ chicken, and a non-greasy meatloaf are not the only stars in this cooking universe. Borne from years of frustration working with a family whose taste buds range from pate to “no vegetables, please”, this is a simple collection of standard go-to foods that most people can create without setting off the fire alarm. From soup to soft chicken tacos, this often entertaining and frequently useful cooking guide can stand solidly proud in between your never-opened French cooking book and well-worn food magazine with missing pages and stains. Live and cook bravely.