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How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day In Between Hardcover – September 20, 2016

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804176302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804176309
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Junie VINE VOICE on July 24, 2016
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How to Celebrate Everything is a guide to doing just that -- celebrating everything from traditional holidays to memorable family events to Sunday dinner. The book is not organized like most cookbooks; the sections are as follows:

1. Holidays we Didn't Invent (Easter, Thanksgiving, Edible Gifts, etc)
2. Our Family Rituals (Farmer's Market, Lunch with Dad, Vacation Rituals)
3. Birthdays
4. Family Dinners (Sunday Dinner, Signature Dinner, Eating in Front of the TV)

The author draws from her eclectic family history -- she was raised both Jewish and Presbyterian. Her family background includes Italian, Russian, Catholic, Cuban, German, and quite a few more. The recipes range from challah bread to Easter ham, nachos to curried lentil soup. Interspersed among the recipes are anecdotes from the author's family. She includes ideas for creating family rituals and planning events such as a kid's birthday party. Some recipes are more involved, while others are extremely simple. When reading through the book, I felt inspired to try some new things with my own family at our next gathering.

One thing to keep in mind is, this book is not really a party or event planning guide. It's more of an example of how to work really good food into your family routine, not just on special occasions but every day. I really enjoyed the section about cooking while on vacation -- it's one of the things we already do when we go on vacation. I feel like this book encourages you to look at your own family routine and take pleasure in small, happy moments and comforting rituals. There are some good charts and ideas for birthday parties, but overall this is a good collection of recipes and tips for family bonding around cooking and food.

I would suggest this as a lovely wedding, baby shower, or housewarming gift.
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Very good guide for all kinds of holidays. The recipes look good, and the few I prepared tasted good and were received well. I only tried main dishes, did not try cooking any sweets, so cannot tell if they are any good. Most of the recipes are prepared from simple ingredients, except for maybe an occasional can of diced tomatoes or a box of chicken stock or something of the sort.
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Jenny, thank you for sharing such intimate times in your life in a way that makes them easy for everyone to believe it is possible for them (me!!). Your diligence and determination not only to live your life to maintain the rituals, traditions and celebrations but to spend years putting it together for us to enjoy is commendable. Congratulations and I hope to sit at your table or a table like it soon.
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This book came as a pleasant surprise. My best friend gave it to me as a gift because she had been telling me about the author's blog which she loves. I was pleasantly surprised by how inspired I was by her ideas and I'm inspired to try all her delicious looking recipes. It also makes me think about the rituals and meals I share with my children and how important those small moments are. Thank you Jenny Rosenstrach! I highly recommend.
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There's nothing better than a new Jenny Rosenstrach cookbook, and this one is maybe my favorite yet -- full of excellent recipes, good cheer, and indomitable spirit. Food is a source of love and also of family ritual, in a way that seems both delightful and attainable. (Well, at least some of the time!)
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This book is fabulous! First -- I love the name. It is cheerful and gets anyone who receives it excited. The pictures are gorgeous and Jenny Rosenstrach makes the reader feel like she has invited them into her home. It makes you want to be her! It is literally the perfect book to stash away for emergency hostess, birthday or housewarming gifts. It is always the perfect gift for every occasion. I plan to order several more to have on hand for holidays and events.
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I buy Jenny's books because the recipes turn out well every single time. I made the franks and beans for fun, and they turned out great! I'm making her Thanksgiving menu this year after making the potatos gratin and gravy recipes as trials. The harissa roasted chicken and leaf salad both have stars beside them in my book already. I'm looking forward to the bus stop social I'm planning to host! Thanks for the inspiration, Jenny!
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This book is wonderful! As others have said, it's a good read -- lots of lovely stories, parenting tips, and ideas woven in between the recipes. There's so much inspiration in the pages of this book from her specific party menus to lists of ideas you can use for your own parties or family dinners. There's no pretention (the doughnut cake is a stack of doughnuts) or preaching (even when she's explaining while she makes -- as a parent of young children, I felt like I was hanging at Jenny's kitchen counter feasting on parenting advice and hearing humbling "we're all in this together and it's never perfect" type stories about kids and family.

So far we've tried the Snickerdoodles and the Quinoa Salad with Roast Veggies and Feta both of which turned out great as I'd expect from Jenny. There's a long list of recipes I can't wait to try -- Apricot Rum Glazed Ham, Franks and Beans, Cider Glazed Meatballs, Grilled Potatoes with Chutney, etc etc.

My only complaint is that similar to her first book, it is a little bit of a wander and when you're looking for a specific recipe, you often have to use the index as finding a particular section or remembering where a recipe fell in her order of things can be frustrating. It think it's more organized than the first -- there's a rough seasonal organization and of course the various sections of holidays, family rituals, etc. but with all the stories and pictures it's still not as easy to navigate as a traditional cookbook.
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