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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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1. Holidays we Didn't Invent (Easter, Thanksgiving, Edible Gifts, etc)
2. Our Family Rituals (Farmer's Market, Lunch with Dad, Vacation Rituals)
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.
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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Full disclosure, I haven’t cooked anything from this book yet. That being said, I’ve read through it and love the author’s point of view. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kristen R.
Loved this heartwarming, thought-provoking book that is useful without being overwhelming. Really got me thinking about ways I could start some new family traditions or enhance... Read morePublished 20 days ago by CaraK
This is a wonderful book full of tips, recipes, ideas and more. My wife bought this for her sister and then my mother bought this for my wife. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul JM
When this book arrived in the mail I was in the middle of a work project and on a deadline and should *not* have been taking a break to read. Nevertheless, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jodi
Love her ideas, love her recipes, and love how she keeps tradition strong! Holidays are so much more fun with kids because people like her make it so much more fun!Published 1 month ago by Marge