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Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal

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Publisher Comments:

Three signs you need this book:

1) Chicken fingers qualify as adventurous. (Hey, they’re not nuggets.)

2) You live in fear of the white stuff touching the green stuff.

3) Family dinner? What’s family dinner?

When Jenny Rosenstrach’s kids were little, her dinner rotation looked like this: Pasta, Pizza, Pasta, Burgers, Pasta. It made her crazy — not only because of the mind-numbing repetition, but because she loved to cook and missed her prekid, ketchup-free dinners.  Her solution? A family adventure: She and her husband, Andy, would cook thirty new dishes in a single month — and her kids would try them all. Was it nuts for two working parents to take on this challenge? Yes. But did it transform family dinner from stressful grind to happy ritual? Completely. Here, Rosenstrach — creator of the beloved blog and book Dinner: A Love Story — shares her story, offering weekly meal plans, tons of organizing tips, and eighty-plus super-simple, kid-vetted recipes.

Stuck in a rut? Ready to reboot dinner? Whether you’ve never turned on a stove or you’re just starved for inspiration, this book is your secret weapon.

Review:

“Jenny Rosenstrach has truly mastered the art of the happy family dinner. This is the most sensible advice on cooking for kids I’ve ever seen: no gimmicks, no tricks, just practical advice for working parents. I wish this book had been around when my son was small.” Ruth Reichl

Review:

“This book is for anyone who loves the promise of a home-cooked dinner but gets bogged down by the day-to-day reality of it: picky kids, picky spouses, the extinction of the nine-to-five workday, and the pressure — oh, the pressure — to get it on the table before everyone collapses into a hangry (hungry + angry) meltdown. Which is to say that this book is for me, me, me. And I bet it’s for you too.” Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Review:

“Well, Jenny Rosenstrach, on the behalf of my whole family, thanks for the most practical — and yet still inspired — cookbook on our shelf. You are singularly responsible for my return to the kitchen.” Kelly Corrigan, author of Glitter and Glue

Review:

“As a mother of two young children, I was always racked with guilt when serving hummus and crackers for dinner or suggesting yet another night of scrambled eggs. But this brilliant guide is — no exaggeration — changing my life. I was more than happy to let Jenny be my boss for thirty days and whip me — and my family’s dinner — into shape. Think of this book as the world’s most delicious boot camp.” Joanna Goddard, blogger, A Cup of Jo

About the Author

Jenny Rosentrach is the creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story, author of the book Dinner: A Love Story, and co-author of the family cookbook Time for Dinner. She has edited food and features at Bon Appétit (where she and husband Andy Ward write a monthly column, “The Providers”), Martha Stewart Living, Cookie, and Real Simple. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with Andy and their two young daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345549808
Author:
Rosenstrach, Jenny
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Quick & Easy
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Quick and Easy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.03 x 0.75 in 1.0375 lb

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Product details 240 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345549808 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Jenny Rosenstrach has truly mastered the art of the happy family dinner. This is the most sensible advice on cooking for kids I’ve ever seen: no gimmicks, no tricks, just practical advice for working parents. I wish this book had been around when my son was small.”
"Review" by , “This book is for anyone who loves the promise of a home-cooked dinner but gets bogged down by the day-to-day reality of it: picky kids, picky spouses, the extinction of the nine-to-five workday, and the pressure — oh, the pressure — to get it on the table before everyone collapses into a hangry (hungry + angry) meltdown. Which is to say that this book is for me, me, me. And I bet it’s for you too.”
"Review" by , “Well, Jenny Rosenstrach, on the behalf of my whole family, thanks for the most practical — and yet still inspired — cookbook on our shelf. You are singularly responsible for my return to the kitchen.”
"Review" by , “As a mother of two young children, I was always racked with guilt when serving hummus and crackers for dinner or suggesting yet another night of scrambled eggs. But this brilliant guide is — no exaggeration — changing my life. I was more than happy to let Jenny be my boss for thirty days and whip me — and my family’s dinner — into shape. Think of this book as the world’s most delicious boot camp.”
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