The No-Fuss Family Cookbook, Ryan Scott

The No-Fuss Family Cookbook, Ryan Scott

The No-Fuss Family Cookbook by Ryan Scott is a fun and interesting collection of recipes for family meals. There are lots of healthy additions to traditional favourites and the personal stories that accompany many of the recipes will be enjoyed by fans of the author. That being said, those looking for quick and easy meals that are fuss-free might be disappointed.

The No-Fuss Family Cookbook, Ryan ScottTitle: The No-Fuss Family Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Everyday Life
Author: Ryan Scott
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Your new go-to collection of easy, family-friendly recipes, from popular chef and television personality Ryan Scott

Emmy Award–winning celebrity chef (and dad) Ryan Scott knows well that family life is wonderful, but can be a very hectic business—stressing over mealtime shouldn’t add to the madness! This heartfelt collection comes straight from his home kitchen’s regular rotation into yours. Reflecting Ryan’s colorful personality and practical approach, the recipes are kid-friendly and packed with clever hacks and pro tips for getting meals on the table (and cleaning up) quickly. There are no fussy cooking techniques or long ingredient lists; instead, the focus is on family-centered meals for even the busiest of days—irresistible recipes like Turkey Reuben Meatloaf, Broccoli-Cheddar Bow Ties, and Naturally Sweet PB&J Pancakes. Even crowd-pleasing desserts like Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies and Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares remain delightfully simple, for minimal stress and maximum fun.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The No-Fuss Family Cookbook by Ryan Scott

I am a cooking show junkie and I have always enjoyed Ryan Scott’s flair for making ordinary food exciting. This book has quite a few recipes that will become instant hits and there are quite a few that I am excited to try. The recipes include:

  • Foreword: Carla Hall
  • Introduction
  • Breakfast and Baked Goods
  • Salads, Soups, and Snacks
  • Pasta
  • Dinner
  • Veggies and Sides
  • Desserts

❀ Simple Layout

The book has a simple layout and there are quite a few images to accompany the recipes. Ryan takes traditional family meals and turns them up a notch with flavour and healthy alternatives. There are also lots of notes included to give readers tips on how to achieve the best results.

❀ Not Quite No-Fuss

While I really enjoyed this cookbook and found it to be quite useful, the title might be very misleading to some. The idea of “no-fuss” implies that there are few steps and fast results. These recipes aren’t the fussiest ones that I have come across, but they aren’t as straightforward as I was expecting. Having to toast coconut and slice a banana to decorate the top for a banana bread recipe adds a little more time to my schedule, for sure.

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Admittedly, this banana bread is extremely satisfying with the inclusion of three types of coconut and packs in a lot of flavour. The next time I try it, I will avoid adding the banana to the top, as it fell out in a big clump when I tried to remove it from the pan! Thankfully, I took an image of it before it all fell apart.

❀ New and Interesting Ideas

The No-Fuss Family Cookbook by Ryan Scott is one to try if you are looking for some new and interesting ideas for family meals. There are some fantastic ways to shake up your routine in the kitchen with this book. Maybe not the most fuss-free recipe book out there, but it certainly has lots to offer.

About Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Emmy-award winning celebrity chef Ryan Scott hosts cooking demonstrations for major corporate events around the country. Ryan appears on morning and daytime programs such as the TODAY show and Good Morning America dozens of times per year.He is also the author of One to Five (Oxmoor House, 2017) and lives with his family in San Francisco, CA.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

18 thoughts on “The No-Fuss Family Cookbook, Ryan Scott

    • Lori says:

      It wasn’t super fussy, but I have hard time with the term no-fuss! The banana bread is definitely worth the extra effort. 😉

  1. Starla says:

    This seems like a recipe book that I definitely would love. It seems more on my level.. ha! Also, whatever that is on the cover looks delish!

  2. Rosie says:

    This sounds like a good one! I don’t like getting recipes from the internet, it is so hit or miss. I had been borrowing cookbooks from the library, but got out of that habit with Covid, good to have some basics – I hate messing up since food costs so much!

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