I’ve been reading a lot for work lately. This weekend I set aside time for some personal reading, but it wasn’t a psychological thriller that called to me. Rather, it was a beautiful cookbook.
A cookbook you might say. Who really reads a cookbook? After all aren’t they really meant to be used to cook? And, you don’t normally sit down to read a cookbook like a novel. Usually, you get in, skim through and pick out what you want to cook.
Enter, Dinner a Love Story, by Jenny Rosenstrach. I have sat here the better part of the day totally engrossed in this book. I have read every page and feel as if I’ve experienced a story. This book is not your average cookbook. There are no lectures on healthy eating and no lists of foods to avoid. There are no claims to have dinner on your table in less than 30 minutes, or that your kids will love it. In place of that we have a beautiful story, a journey through life with food as the backdrop. Heck, I even think you have something here that can and should be made into a movie.
We travel through this book by traveling through Jenny’s life stages from newly married to motherhood. She centers her stories around her dinner table and the meals she and her husband Andy prepared. There’s narrative and recipes intertwined throughout the book.
The recipes are not complicated and don’t require exotic ingredients. Rather, like Grandma Turano’s meatballs, there are meals most will have success with. And they are delicious.
If you are looking for an enjoyable read with the bonus of delicious recipes, this is your book. The book is beautiful and will have a favorite spot in my cookbook collection. I have a feeling it will soon be a fan favorite around here.
What a great gift for any cook in your life. And, what a gift to put the family dinner back at the forefront of your day.