Review: Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
Title: Dinner: A Love Story
Author: Rosenstrach, Jenny
Length: 336 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook
Publisher / Year: Ecco Press / 2012
Source: From the publisher at Book Expo America (picked up at the Harper party).
Why I Read It: I grew up with family dinners!
Date Read: 31/07/12
Do you do sit down family dinners? Did you growing up? In my family, we always did sit down family dinners growing up, at least almost always (sometimes life does get in the way). In this book Rosenstrach talks about the family dinner decision that she and her husband made when they first got married – that family dinners were important to them and so they wanted to try to do them daily, or as often as they could. This book chronicles their experiences, including many fantastic recipes.
One really great thing about Rosenstrach’s approach, in this book, is how non-judgemental she is. While she talks about why it was important for her family, she also talks about how others need to make their own decisions about what is important and that family dinner and cooking every night may not be anywhere near the top of the list – and that is perfectly OK. She tackles the guilt that many mothers feel, and discusses it, pulling it apart and putting it into perspective.
In addition to the discussions and memoir aspects of the book, Rosenstrach also shares a lot of really amazing recipes. I’ve tried a few so far and have not been disappointed – nor have my dinner guests! Highly recommended to anyone interested in cooking, memoirs, or family life.