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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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“I have been an ardent fan of Jenny Rosenstrach’s beautiful writing for years. I always know that every word of her books will be something to savor, and How to Celebrate Everything will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys family, friends, and delicious food.”—Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
“Enjoy How to Celebrate Everything for the easy-to-follow recipes. But even more satisfying are the wonderful anecdotes of family life and [Jenny Rosenstrach’s] genial examination of the lasting role that food plays in our lives beyond the plate.”—Family Circle (September “What We’re Reading” Pick)
“With characteristic warmth and humor, [Rosenstrach] urges readers to ritualize and celebrate the small moments in family life by sharing stories from her own. . . . Rosenstrach is a skilled storyteller and introduces each occasion with an engaging essay before offering up the much-loved recipes that inspired it. . . . A delicious and delightful ode to the ways family and food intertwine, reinforcing each other.”—Booklist
“Featured recipes are proven kid friendly and presented with humorous mommy angst and nostalgic commentary . . . Rosenstrach inspires, reminding us that the real celebration is family itself.”—Publishers Weekly
“This well-designed cookbook comes with a side helping of lifestyle inspiration.”—Library Journal
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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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.
This is not just a book for women though. This book is for everyone who wants to celebrate a bit more and build some good traditions. This will help give you ideas around different holidays.
I like that this will help anyone who wants to create new traditions do so in a way that brings people together!