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Recipes for Our Daughters: Family Favorites and Recipes from Outstanding Women Hardcover – April 27, 2004


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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 advice—a 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 throughout—playwright Wendy Wasserstein, for example, merely gives the phone number for New York City’s Shun Lee West restaurant. Silliness aside, the many practical culinary tips—such as how to test baking powder for freshness, buy flour or distinguish between raw and hard boiled eggs—are 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, here’s a gift book that ought to be used plenty by anyone lucky enough to receive it.
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About the Author

Naomi Neft 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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345468007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345468000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,778,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Zucker on May 31, 2004
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"WOW!" This is a terrific cookbook for both beginners and experienced cooks. Who wouldn't find it interesting and a challange to cook a sesame chicken speciality from Jane Fonda;(pg. 168)an eggplant casserole from Debbie Reynolds (pg.82)and a chocolate cake speciality from Diane Von Furstenberg (pg. 285).
I am finding the pages at the end of the sections helpful to add my own notes too. And the tips and tidbits throughout the book are always a great addition.
Thank you Ms. Rothstein and Ms. Neft - your cookbook "Recipes for Our Daughters" has landed a permanent spot in my kitchen!
I highly recommend this book to everyone who eats and cooks!
Beverly Zucker
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lauren on May 11, 2004
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I just got this from my mom as a pre-graduation gift and it has already been really helpful. The recipes are great - they cover a large variety of cuisines and seem to run the gamut from easy to prepare to more difficult (and thus, impressive!). What I appreciate most are the numerous 'tips & tidbits' and problem solving suggestions. As someone without much experience in the kitchen, these hints will make troubleshooting a lot easier and will probable save more than one potential disaster in my culinary future.
This is a great gift that I highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2004
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this is a very friendly and efficient guide to good dining. the recipes are very "user friendly" and not time consuming. they are also "hip,diverse, and enticing" so as to invite experimentation. i gave this to my neice who just loved the tips and tidbits section. she was really impressed with the basics and guidelines that she really felt she needed. of course, she loved the "celebrity aspect", which make this cookbook a unique combination. this is a great gift!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Franklin on May 9, 2004
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The concept intrigued me and I bought it for my daughter. Each night this past week we made a few of the recipes, and we've enjoyed every meal. Some are simple and tasty, others are more involved and time consuming but worth the effort. Great for a quick dinner or a fancier meal. They've got great variety, so you can use it often without getting tired of eating the same type of thing over and over. My daughter's already promised that my father's day meal will all come from here, and I'm looking forward to it. You'll like it, your daughter will like it - good stuff.
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