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How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker: Mom-to-mom whines, cheese, rants and recipes Paperback – February 26, 2012
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At the beginning of each chapter there is a recipe(those to were sent in to Jackie as well. All recipes involve cheese in some way. So this is a perfect gift for a mom who loves to entertain or maybe she just loves cheese dips. It's not a book you have to read in one sitting. Well worth even just for yourself.
I had the opportunity to meet Jackie Hennessey, who also lives in Southeastern New England and she created a wonderful little bit of sunshine for the mom world!
The stories, at their best, are hysterically funny and deeply honest. I suspect anyone who's ever had kids will find something in this book that will strike a familiar chord, raise a rueful chuckle of agreement, or even make you want to write in to the author with a story or two of your own.
The book has the feel of a warm and homey gathering of women, all circled around the cheese dip, topping each other with, "No, wait, let me tell you what MY kid did just the other day," stories. Every parent needs that sort of thing now and again, and this book is a welcome stress-buster and mood-lifter.
The recipes could use a bit more variety - granted, the cheese theme is somewhat limiting, but about ¾ of them are simple variations on spreads and dips. This is not necessarily a bad thing, if you, like me, are particularly fond of cheese dip, but a few more diverse recipes would be appreciated, if and when the author puts out a sequel. One can do a lot with cheese. However, this is a minor quibble, and I can cheerfully recommend this book to any parent looking for a reason to smile and keep on going, along with a few interesting appetizer suggestions for that next venting session.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader
Funny, commiserative, and perfect for the mom who is ready to admit that she's not perfect and neither is anyone else, there are some laugh-out-loud moments and lots of feeling understood. The stories are short--perfect for the mom who is short on time, and the recipes are easy--perfect for the mom who is, um, short on time (and loves cheese, as most of us do).
It was a quick, lighthearted read, and will be kept on my recipe book shelf to turn to next time I need to make some sort of a cheesy, dippy, yummy thing. On second thought, maybe I should just store it on the kitchen counter!
This book would make a great gift for any mom of young children... especially if given from one of her girlfriends!
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an impartial review.
I really enjoyed reading through this book. It's light-hearted and real, full of great stories that nearly every mom can relate to. I laughed out loud at several of the stories. There are also awesome recipes that are easy to make, and impressive to serve at a candle party or play date. Jackie manages to capture both the joy and the anguish of being a mom, and the necessity of having someone that can listen, relate, and empathize with both. This book is so much fun to read and would make a wonderful Mother's Day Gift!
Author Jackie Hennessey decided to compile a ton of rants and whines from moms coast to coast while adding in some of her own from moving to a new city to the horror of shopping with kids. Reading through the book you can't help but laugh at the time you were in the same shoes as these poor poor mothers.
Jackie proudly states her love of cheese and how it makes everything better. Heck, we all have that one thing we could eat constantly if it didn't go straight to our thighs and make our butts jiggly (chocolate frosting anyone?). At the beginning of every chapter there are recipes and you guessed it as they all have one ingredient in common and that is CHEESE!!! From a delicious sounding cream cheese taco dip to hot bacon dip you are sure to find that perfect cheese recipe to make your day all better. Don't forget the wine!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is wonderful that jackie is able to distance herself from her position in a way that allows her the creativity and humor necessary to pen this book. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by mrsmay
To me, there is nothing more validating then knowing that us moms are all in this together - the good, the bad, and the ugly! Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Carolyn Dalgliesh, Sensory Organizing
For all Moms everywhere! This book is the perfect way to laugh, smile, nod your head and make sense of the sometimes insane world of motherhood. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Love to Read
How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker made me laugh out loud at the universal, hilarious truths of motherhood... and I'm speaking from a Grandma's perspective. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Sharon K. Couto
This book is more of a guide to laughter. It will remind you of all the things you've made it through in life, as well as the good times yet to come. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by M. Martinka
I'm not a mom yet myself (baby is on the way!), but I am very close to my 10 nieces and nephews. I know that motherhood is joyous, trying, exhilarating, exhausting, and everything... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by J Govednik
OMG! Jackie cracks me up! This book makes me realize I'm not in this motherhood mess alone...and it makes me want to drink wine and eat cheese. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by CherylM
This book is a real hoot. kids do the funniest things, and this book is full of great examples. Also included are some great recipes for great party dips to share with friends. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Wiley Cayote
This little book is fun on a cracker! I intended to enjoy the chapters in short, yummy bites of time but ended up gorging on the whole thing at once. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Romance-ish Reader