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Recipe of the week: One-Pot Pasta from Laurie David

Addie Broyles

Laurie David’s work as a producer earned her an Academy Award for “An Inconvenient Truth,” and earlier this year, she revisited another set of inconvenience truths with “Fed Up,” a documentary about the extent to which food marketing skews our perception of both eating and cooking.

Rather than accept the messaging that dinner is too troublesome to cook yourself and that eating healthy means eating reduced-calorie, low-fat processed food, David set out with recipe developer Kirstin Uhrenholdt to write a cookbook that demystified the family meal.

The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You” (Rodale, $27.99), like so many books coming out right now, tries to find the right balance between guilting people into cooking more and empowering them that it’s not that hard after all. People who cook often know that it’s not always a walk in the park to get dinner on the table but that it’s almost always worth the effort. David’s book offers plenty of ideas to help kickstart your attempts, including this pasta whose sauce cooks right in the pot.