-Families crave rituals, - says Jenny Rosenstrach, and by rituals she means not just the big celebrations--Valentine's Day dinners, Mother's Day brunches, Halloween send-offs, Thanksgiving feasts, holiday cocktail parties--but the little ones we may not even realize are rituals: a platter of deluxe nachos on Super Bowl Sunday, or a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes after every braces-tightening session. Read more...
-Families crave rituals, - says Jenny Rosenstrach, and by rituals she means not just the big celebrations--Valentine's Day dinners, Mother's Day brunches, Halloween send-offs, Thanksgiving feasts, holiday cocktail parties--but the little ones we may not even realize are rituals: a platter of deluxe nachos on Super Bowl Sunday, or a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes after every braces-tightening session. Whether simple or elaborate, daily or annual, these rituals all serve the same purpose for Rosenstrach: to bring comfort, connection, and meaning to every day.
100+ recipes, including:
- popovers, apple fritters, and golden pancakes, perfect for sleepover mornings or birthday breakfasts
- -Interfaith Sliders- one version with ham and another with brisket
- Rosenstrach's legendary chocolate Mud Cake--plus an entire section on birthdays, including a one-size-fits-all party planner that does not rely on pizza
- complete menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve
- and, of course, dozens of Rosenstrach's signature family dinners: Grilled Soy-Glazed Pork Chops, Harissa Roasted Chicken, Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce and Naan, Grilled Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Butter and Summer Cabbage, and more
In this digital, overscheduled age, How to Celebrate Everything helps families slow down, capture the moments that matter--and eat well while doing it.
Praise for How to Celebrate Everything
-I have been an ardent fan of Jenny Rosenstrach's beautiful writing for years. I always know that every word of her books will be something to savor, and How to Celebrate Everything will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys family, friends, and delicious food.---Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
-Enjoy How to Celebrate Everything for the easy-to-follow recipes. But even more satisfying are the wonderful anecdotes of family life and Jenny Rosenstrach's] genial examination of the lasting role that food plays in our lives beyond the plate.---Family Circle (September -What We're Reading- Pick)
-With characteristic warmth and humor, Rosenstrach] urges readers to ritualize and celebrate the small moments in family life by sharing stories from her own. . . . Rosenstrach is a skilled storyteller and introduces each occasion with an engaging essay before offering up the much-loved recipes that inspired it. . . . A delicious and delightful ode to the ways family and food intertwine, reinforcing each other.---Booklist
-Featured recipes are proven kid friendly and presented with humorous mommy angst and nostalgic commentary . . . Rosenstrach inspires, reminding us that the real celebration is family itself.---Publishers Weekly
-This well-designed cookbook comes with a side helping of lifestyle inspiration.---Library Journal
- ISBN-13: 9780804176309
- ISBN-10: 0804176302
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 336
- Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Rosenstrach, a meal-planning maven, popular blogger, and bestselling author (Dinner: A Love Story), expands her family mealtime focus by providing a “blueprint for starting rituals and optimizing celebrations.” She offers practical planning tips and more than 100 recipes for routinely creating celebrations where “food is at the heart” of family bonding and tradition. Organized around themes and events, Rosenstrach identifies four major ritual groupings: holidays we didn’t invent, family rituals, birthdays, and family dinners. Featured recipes are proven kid friendly and presented with humorous mommy angst and nostalgic commentary. A pre-trick-or-treat Halloween party showcases franks and baked beans from scratch and a chicken chorizo chili. In “Thanksgiving Traditions,” there’s a full menu, as well as her mother’s “Seven Things to Remember When Roasting a Bird.” Holiday recipes include potato latkes with seven toppings. There are sleep-over breakfasts featuring pancakes, fritters, and popovers, along with Sunday dinner favorites such as salmon and potatoes with yogurt sauce. A “Master Party Chart” provides a useful template for planning birthday themes, crafts, games, food, cake, and party favors. Recipes are far from over-the-top, but Rosenstrach inspires, reminding us that the real celebration is family itself. (Sept.)