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Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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She lives with her husband, four kids, and enormous dog outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
To contact Emily Franklin email email@example.com
Top Customer Reviews
Don't worry. This isn't a preachy how-to book by any means. It's simply Emily's quest to "create happy, healthy eaters without tricks." While this is a non-fiction book it reads like an effortless dream. I became entirely wrapped up in learning all of the personality quirks her four children possess, and while they may willingly eat roasted broccoli I promise that they are just as real as your own kids. Emily doesn't hesitate in detailing their dirty faces, flaws, and swearing phases, but somehow through hissy fits, major shelving malfunctions, delayed ferry rides home, and even personal tragedy Emily consistently gets healthy meals on the table.
This book isn't just for picky children. I found myself marking dozens of recipes to try later. I'm especially looking forward to Emily's rendition of Sticky Toffee Pudding. Whether you're a regular old Brady Bunch or a single twenty-something the story Emily weaves is timeless. At the end I found myself wanting the book to be longer and I definitely missed "sharing meals" vicariously with her endearing family.
As a stay-at-home dad of four kids, this was a pleasure to read. A brilliant book written with humor and poignancy -- and lots of great recipes to boot!
It's a great read for new parents especially -- the ones just starting to figure out how to get kids to eat ... and to eat thoughtfully, creatively, and well. But it also served as a great reminder to someone who's been at it a while -- how to make it new.
TOO MANY COOKS is nourishing -- on all levels.
- Julianna Baggott
Franklin is a writer, her husband is a pediatrician, and she stays home with all the children. Franklin loves food and cooking and has experience cooking as a chef. She obviously loves children, her life revolves around them, and it's clear she wants them to have a good relationship with food and eating. While the children are adorable and say lots of clever things, Franklin keeps a tight focus on the family's relationship with food, their day-to-day 'food life' whether the family is at home, vacationing, or celebrating holidays.
From a practical standpoint, Franklin offers many good ideas, techniques, and her own philosophy on getting kids to try new foods. And the recipes! Franklin has a lot of recipes that really appeal to me. She's altered recipes for things like muffins and other baked goods to include applesauce, wheat germ, and whole wheat flour. Her recipes really appealed to me for their simplicity and I'd like to try many of them. I didn't want this book to end and stretched it out to make it last. I could read about what Emily Franklin is making for dinner forever, I think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
TOO MANY COOKS by Emily Franklin does two different things, both equally well: tells funny, offbeat stories about where and how her recipes originated and provides accurate, useful... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Kirsten B. Feldman
This was an excellent read! I could not put this book down! I am looking forward to the next one!Published on October 20, 2012 by Patricia
At first book seemed to be good. However, it just comes off as a travelogue for a stay at home mom, married to a doctor, who can afford to take vacations to Europe & across the... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Christopher W Sheesley
The stories are well written and the recipes sound yummy.
My only criticism: the author's potty mouth....not appropriate for a family cookbook. Read more
I find myself referencing this book for recipes often......which is pretty amazing for a little vignette type book! This book is thoughtful, fun and poetic. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by Iloverealfood
I absolutely loved this book. I laughed and cried and made my husband read it so he could "meet" this new family that I fell in love with. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Paula Madsen
I stumbled upon Emily Franklin's book "Too Many Cooks" while doing some research for work. Intrigued, I read an excerpt of the book on Amazon and before I knew it I was digging out... Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by Colleen Moffitt
For those of you with young children, this is a very funny book to which you will be able to relate. It's easy to read and has a few recipes worth trying.Published on March 26, 2010 by P. Aughe
This book has that great combination of funny and touching that I appreciate in a memoir, especially one about parenting, and I found the recipes really accessible (I say this as a... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by LA Momma