I would recommend the Spark People cookbook. I've been cooking whole foods for quite some time and I've really enjoyed this book. Most of the recipes are fairly quick and easy, which I need w/ working and kids coming home from school with homework. There aren't a lot of esoteric ingredients and there is a wide variety of ethnic foods and comfort foods.
I also enjoy the Heidi Swanson "101 cookbooks" blog and books Here's where things can get a little fancy, but she talks a lot about different types of natural sweeteners, whole grains, flours, etc. My local library carries her books, and she has many recipes on her blog.
If you want a good basic vegetarian cookbook, Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone." It's a real basic cookbook and it's my go-to cookbook if I have something on hand and not particularly sure what to make. It gives good instructions on various ways to cook every vegetable you can imagine.
Since you have kids, I'll also mention the "Simply in Season Cookbook for Kids." I have an 8yr old and 5 yr old and they like to help cook. This is a nice cookbook that introduces them to seasonal cooking. Plus, when they are involved in the preparation and meal planning, they tend to be better eaters at the table.
Good luck and hope that helps!
Bee from Cincinnati
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