Monday, August 12, 2013
Book Review: We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook
Today, thanks to the folks at BookSneeze, I have another book review for you. The book, We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook, was written by a mother and daughter about their lives and adventures in the kitchen and even contains some recipes that you might want to try.
This mother-daughter duo could not be any more different if they tried. Becky Johnson, the mother, is messy and unorganized, whereas Rachel Randolph, the daughter, is all about organization; but when the two come together in the kitchen, they make magic happen (or something like that). The kitchen is the one place where these two seem to be in sync in life and therefore they decided to co-author this book which contains hilarious stories and delicious recipes. Another note if interest about these two is that Rachel and her family are vegan whereas with Becky, anything goes. I'm with Becky on this one.
Each chapter is told by both Becky and Rachel and you know who is speaking as the name is listed above each paragraph. Their stories intertwine in a delightful way and at the end of each chapter are a few recipes and sometimes even pointers. The book is very similar to another book I reviewed earlier this year and I tend to really like this style of book. I enjoy reading about the experiences others have had entertaining friends and family and learning about the recipes that bring them back to those memories. Growing up in a house where the door was always open to friends, family and fellowship, it's interesting to read about other families whose homes were also always filled with food, laughter and good conversation.
Due to the diversity of the lifestyles of the two women (traditional and vegan), there are a wide range of recipes for any cook. Many of the recipes look like they are worth trying and contain ingredients that are easily found in your pantry or at the supermarket. The recipes and stories alike make for a fun light-hearted read and is a book that you can pick up and put down at intervals - in other words, not something you necessarily have to commit to if you're one who doesn't like to sit down and commit to the continuous reading of a book.
We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook: A Mom and Daughter Dish about the Food That Delights Them and the Love That Binds Them was released on August 06, 2013, is available in paperback or e-book from major retailers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and would make a great gift for the cook in your life - or yourself!