I never expected to find that type of connection in a cookbook.
A few months ago, my husband and I were blessed with a baby boy through adoption. When friends came to visit shortly after, they showered us with gifts and food. My dear friend, Erica, gave us Jenny Rosenstrach’s Dinner: A Love Story — flagged with sticky notes to draw attention to her favorite recipes and preparation tips.
I’ve read the book in quick snatches since, during nap times when the fear of running out of freezer meals started to set in. Each time is like picking up the phone talking to an old friend. About cooking. About meal planning with your loved one. About remembering to eat when kids come around. About the guilt that seeps into your head every single day. About introducing foods to your kids. About getting through the day and living to tell the tale.
It may seem a book for only parents, but it is not. I wish I had read her list of kitchen items you really need to register for before I was married. Dinner: A Love Story is about how to cook great, simple, delicious meals for those you love and how amazing the results will be long after the table is cleared.
So, if cooking (or life!) has gotten you down, pick up a copy of this book and then check out Rosenstrach’s blog for great tips and a reminder that you are not alone.
Have you read any cookbook/memoirs that resonated with you long after the book was done?