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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401340830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401340834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

EMILY FRANKLIN is the author of Liner Notes and The Girls' Almanac. She is also the author of several Young Adult novels. Her fiction, poetry, and articles have been published in The Boston Globe and the Mississippi Review among others, and been anthologized in Some Kind of Wonderful: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes and When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School by Today's Top Writers and the forthcoming WHAT I WOULD TELL HER: 30 Top Women Writers on the Mother--Daughter Relationship. Franklin studied at Oxford University, received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MA in Writing and Media Studies from Dartmouth College. Prior to being on the staff of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, she was a chef on historic and luxury yachts. Several of her recipes from that time were published in the cookbook Tea Time Journeys. She lives near Boston with her husband where she is a full time mother to four children ages eight and younger with no childcare.

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Emily Franklin is the author of Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes. One part David Sedaris, one part Julia Child, this food memoir has over one hundred original recipes and funny, poignant stories about parenting. Emily is a former chef.

She is also the author of two adult novels, The Girls' Almanac and Liner Notes and more than a dozen books for young adults including the critically-acclaimed seven book fiction series for teens, The Principles of Love. Other young adult books include The Other Half of Me the Chalet Girls series, and At Face Value, a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac.

She edited the anthologies It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths about Life in Your Twenties and How to Spell Chanukah: 18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights of Lights. She is co-editor of Before: Short Stories about Pregnancy from Our Top Writers.

Emily writes regularly about food and parenting for national magazines and newspapers and her work has been published in numerous literary magazines.

Customer Reviews

For those that cook the recipes are a bonus!
salbeth
As a mother myself, I could relate to the author and laughed out loud at many of her funny stories.
E. Emmet
Talk about the perfect book at the perfect time.
A Reader

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Heller on August 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just loved this book. It is the perfect parenting tome: Not preachy, not prescriptive. Just, "this is how I did it, maybe it will work for you." The author's story is so well written and humorous, and her values come through so clearly, that you feel like you wish you lived next door just so could have her and her family be friends with your own. We loved and are using her approach to introduce new foods with great results.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By salbeth on May 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Ms. Franklin's Stories about her family life. I am not a cook, so I was not sure if this book would be a good read for me. I really, really enjoyed the book. I felt that the anecdotes about motherhood were honest, and engaging. Each chapter is almost like a short story, although there are themes and characters that run the entire book. For those that cook the recipes are a bonus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David G. W. Scott on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has been passed from me to my wife to the kids and back again. A few days ago, I found my nine-year-old writing down a shopping list to make the mummy nuggets which he later made, with some help. I made the gazpacho soup. My 14-year-old made the donuts with some of her friends.

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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By plumpie on May 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Emily Franklin's fiction -- from the Principles of Love series and Liner Notes to At Face Value and The Other Half of Me. In Too Many Cooks, we see that Franklin's story-telling skills shine just as brightly in the non-fiction genre. A collection of essays and related recipes that is one part memoir and one part biography -- with a heaping helping of humor mixed in -- the book gives a taste of the author as mother, wife, daughter, friend, and -- yes -- chef. The casual, easy-going style immediately draws the reader into Franklin's world. A whirlwind tour with stops in charming food shops, village markets, and country farms on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is a non-stop adventure that will make you laugh and make you tear-up (and not just at the onion talk) and make you hungry to try every one of the tasty, yummy meals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erin E. Nichols on June 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Emily Franklin's anxiety-free views on feeding children and introducing them to new foods and dishes are absolutely refreshing.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally on July 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Emily Franklin's views on food, children, and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants cooking are hilarious and touching. An engaging, lovely book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julianna Baggott on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading this book -- some pages stained already from mixing food and kids -- with delight and awe. As a fellow writer and mother of four kids, I so admire this book -- the depictions of motherhood, cooking, the insanity of a new baby, the glimpses of marriage ...

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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iloverealfood on August 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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. I especially enjoy how Franklin divides the book into seasons...which is how i prefer to cook. So many recipes I have tried have been super yummy and make me happy! Great book, I highly recommend it for foodie mamas!
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