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VIDEO: Chef Antonia Lofaso’s Tips for Busy Moms

VIDEO: Chef Antonia Lofaso’s Tips for Busy Moms

The 'Top Chef' star shares helpful tricks from her new book

Ali Rosen

Antonia Lofaso

Top Chef season four and Top Chef: All-Stars contestant Antonia Lofaso is bestowing some of her culinary knowledge to hurried moms everywhere with her new book The Busy Mom’s Cookbook. The Daily Meal’s video producer, Ali Rosen, chatted with the chef about what to expect in her book.

Since its time to start getting into the "back-to-school" mode, Lofaso has some tips for moms to get through this transitional period. "For me, it’s really about organization, really making sure that you have a game plan, and that you’re set up to execute that game plan," she explains.

The next step is purchasing all of your ingredients for the week. Lofaso notes, "Once I’ve decided on my menu for the whole week, I build a shopping list." This tip is especially important because it’s so easy to get sidetracked while navigating the grocery store; if you’re not organized you could end up purchasing a cart-full of products you don’t really need. Lofaso says, "Having that list ready to go when you get there gives the trip intention and purpose."

Watch the video above for more tips from Lofaso and a demo of how to make a quick weeknight recipe.


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


"Top Chef"'s Antonia in deal for "Busy Mom's Cookbook"

Slated for fall 2012, the book will take a light-hearted, humorous approach to encourage parents to unite their families through food.

"Antonia is incredibly passionate about making delicious, home-cooked meals accessible for any family every night of the week," said Lucia Watson, senior editor at Avery who acquired and will edit the book. "Her message and her amazing food have already captured a huge number of devoted fans. We love her philosophy and we are thrilled to be publishing her first cookbook."

The book will provide instruction on how to prepare food in a hurry for all types of families -- whether it's a stay-at-home mom, working single mom or dad or a couple -- and will be filled with recipes, advice to readers and anecdotes from Lofaso's experience as a mom, chef and TV personality.

Lofaso has worked in kitchens at Spago and Foxtail, in addition to her time on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All-Stars."


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