Dinner a Love Story

Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table

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.

Run Fast Eat Slow

Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes

I heard about this book through my running group before the Olympics started.  I’d never heard of Shalane Flanagan, but the premise of this book spoke to me.  Who doesn’t want to run fast and lord knows I need to learn how to eat slow.

Eating slow in this book doesn’t meant put your fork down between bites. Gosh that’s so boring and unrealistic, at least for me.  Eating slow, rather means sitting down at a table, preferably with those you love and eating a home cooked vs fast food meal.  Well amen to that.  I am a huge fan of home cooking and thankfully love to cook.  The biggest obstacle for me is time.  Thankfully the recipes in this book are simple, quick, delicious and healthy.  Sounds like a winning combination and it truly is.

Elyse and Shalane are both runners with Shalane running on the Olympic stage.  It was so exciting for me to watch her in Rio.  They were college friends who both went on to work for Nike.  This book is their first collaboration.  It’s really not just for runners, but if you are one it may boost your energy and fueling habits.

The book has sections for breakfast, snacks, salads, dinner and various other recipes.   It’s definitely clean eating at its best.  It is so important for me to have total control over what goes in my mouth.  Today I made a batch of granola to store for use in my morning Greek yogurt.  Absolutely no sugar or additives needed.  For dinner last night I had chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta.  After today’s workout a beet and blueberry smoothie.  All delicious and simple.

If you’re at all interested Amazon is currently running a Kindle special of 3.99. A total steal.