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Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal Paperback – August 26, 2014
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“Your hard-to-please crew will wolf down these inventive ways to introduce ‘fancy’ foods. Jenny Rosenstrach created them for her family, and she swears you’ll be shocked by the clean plates. . . . Dinner: The Playbook mixes ‘You can do this’ inspiration, practical planning, and easy recipes [with] hard-earned wisdom for getting a kid-pleasing meal on the table, night after night.”—Redbook
“The master of simple, low-stress cooking. You might know her from her blog, Dinner, A Love Story; her new book, Dinner: The Playbook, is full of the same secret strategies for busy women.”—Glamour
“Families and novice cooks who accept Rosenstrach’s challenge will definitely find a few ‘keepers’ here.”—Library Journal
“Jenny Rosenstrach has truly mastered the art of the happy family dinner. This is the most sensible advice on cooking for kids I’ve ever seen: no gimmicks, no tricks, just practical advice for working parents. I wish this book had been around when my son was small.”—Ruth Reichl
“This book is for anyone who loves the promise of a home-cooked dinner but gets bogged down by the day-to-day reality of it: picky kids, picky spouses, the extinction of the nine-to-five workday, and the pressure—oh, the pressure—to get it on the table before everyone collapses into a hangry (hungry + angry) meltdown. Which is to say that this book is for me, me, me. And I bet it’s for you too.”—Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
“Well, Jenny Rosenstrach, on the behalf of my whole family, thanks for the most practical—and yet still inspired—cookbook on our shelf. You are singularly responsible for my return to the kitchen.”—Kelly Corrigan, author of Glitter and Glue
“Jenny Rosenstrach is warm, wise and a genius when it comes to dinners. . . . As a mother of two young children, I was always racked with guilt when serving hummus and crackers for dinner or suggesting yet another night of scrambled eggs. But this brilliant guide is—no exaggeration—changing my life. I was more than happy to let Jenny be my boss for thirty days and whip me—and my family’s dinner—into shape. Think of this book as the world’s most delicious boot camp.”—Joanna Goddard, blogger, A Cup of Jo
About the Author
Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of Dinner: A Love Story, the award-winning website devoted to family dinner, and the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story (Ecco), Dinner: The Playbook (Ballantine), and How to Celebrate Everything (Ballantine). She was the features director at Cookie magazine for four years and special projects editor at Real Simple for six. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous national publications and anthologies, including The New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, and the op-ed page of The New York Times. She has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NBC’s Today. She and her husband, Andy Ward, write the Providers column for Bon Appétit. They live with their two daughters in Westchester County, New York.
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I'm taking off 1 star for the overall organization and detail in the book. This is not the most precise or well-organized cookbook, so pulling together a weekly menu took a lot of cross-referencing and double checking. The author's kids don't like pasta or eggs, while mine do, and her kids do like baked beans, which my kids don't, so I feel like we have to veer off her exact instructions to create something that is in the spirit of her message of keeping something familiar on the plate. The recipes reflect her own family's preferences a little too much. So I would say that overall, the book still leaves quite a bit of planning and work to do on my and my husband's part.
If you need a good kick in the pants to shift how you do family dinners, I definitely recommend this book. In the end, I suspect we will probably do a lot of our own menu and recipe planning, following the spirit of this book.
I especially liked the advice to have your children look at pictures of food, to see what they find appealing. Why didn't I ever think of that?
And I also especially like that she recommends shopping with your children. What better way to spend some time talking to your children than in a supermarket where you can distinguish colors for the youngest ones, show the scale and how it works to your grade schoolers, ask your older children to figure out how much 3 pounds of peaches cost, show your children the long list of ingredients on the junk food labels? You may not consider this an adventure, but you get to do what you have to and spend some quality time with your children too.
Jenny never preaches. This is all just sound, practical advice to help take the stress out of planning, shopping, cooking and finally, eating dinner together as a family. Your game plan may not be hers. You may choose different recipes. But the concept of considering, planning, shopping, cooking and dining with family is now a lot easier if you use this wonderful book.
Btw, the recipes are easy. The Sticky Pomegranate Chicken Pieces have 4 ingredients and taste awesome. Also loved the Miso Glazed Salmon.
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But there are a few I can't wait to try.
And I don't have any young children at home any more.