From Publishers Weekly
Moms Rothstein and Neft, who met when their girls started kindergarten, originally planned this to be a compilation of their families favorite recipes and crash-cooking advicea thoughtful gift for their daughters on the occasion of their college graduation. They decided to go one step further, soliciting the recipes that role models such as Katie Couric, Nora Ephron, Perri Klass, M.D., Rosalynn Carter and a number of political, business and arts heroines would pass on to their own children. Many contributors explain why their chosen dishes hold special meaning. Cokie Roberts offers Okra Stew, which reminds her of her native Louisiana; U.S. Senator Patty Murray suggests that readers use apples from her home state of Washington in her pie recipe. Humor is sprinkled throughoutplaywright Wendy Wasserstein, for example, merely gives the phone number for New York Citys Shun Lee West restaurant. Silliness aside, the many practical culinary tipssuch as how to test baking powder for freshness, buy flour or distinguish between raw and hard boiled eggsare bound to prevent many a kitchen disaster. Dishes range from simple standbys like Lipton onion soup mixed with sour cream as a party dip, to the sophisticated Chicken Provence, contributed by lingerie designer Josie Natori. Possibly the most useful pages for those graduating to their own apartments are in the "Troubleshooting" section, which offers answers to a list of "what can I do if?" questions along with equivalent charts, storage and diet advice. All in all, heres a gift book that ought to be used plenty by anyone lucky enough to receive it.
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About the Author
and Cynthia Rothstein
are New York City moms who met when their daughters, Debbie and Lori, entered kindergarten, and they have remained good friends ever since. Both enjoy cooking, and over the years have taken a variety of cooking classes. They continue to share many of their favorite recipes and cooking tips.
Before becoming a full-time mom, Cynthia worked as an investment research analyst and later taught in the New York City school system. She lives in New York City with her husband Jerry, and her younger daughter, Meryl.
Naomi was an encyclopedia editor for two major publishing companies, has more recently coauthored a reference book, Where Women Stand: An International Report on the Status of Women in 140 Countries
. She lives in New York City with her husband David.
Debbie and Lori, the inspiration for this book, are now in graduate school, living in New York and still using their well-worn loose leaf copies of Recipes For Our Daughters
Visit the authors’ Web site at www.Recipesforourdaughters.com.