Synopses & Reviews
Hailed by many as Erma Bombeck's heir apparent, Jennifer Moses -- journalist, essayist, prizewinning short story writer, and mother of three -- brilliantly transforms the mundane into the hilarious in her no-holds-barred record of a year in the life -- and the kitchen -- of a modern-day mom.
Writing about the year in which her twins were born, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and her husband decided to change careers, Moses regales readers with funny anecdotes and gut-wrenchingly true pictures of the chaos and joys of family life. Capturing the essence of motherhood today in all of its complexities and contradictions, this true-to-life story (that reads like a novel) dares to say out loud what moms secretly think.
Susan Shapiro The Jerusalem Report Funny and poignant....Entertaining...like Erma Bombeck on acid.
People Serves up sardonic Erma Bombeck-style observations about the pains of starting a family.
Parenting magazine Moms who cook (but don't mince words) will enjoy Moses's blunt and funny account.
Karen MacPherson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Part cookbook, part parenting book, and part confessional, Food and Whine is, most of all, laugh-out-loud funny.
Irene Sax Epicurious A terrific book....You could think of it as Anne Lamott with recipes, as a guide to cooking when you really feel like crying....Enormously wise about the importance of food and family....A warm, entertaining tale.
The Jerusalem Report
Funny and poignant....Entertaining...like Erma Bombeck on acid.
Dina Greenberg Inside Captures with humor, tenderness, and brutal honesty the challenges facing an entire generation of women....Razor-sharp.
Patti Thorn Rocky Mountain News For the mom who prefers to laugh at her oft-challenging lot in life.
Bon Appetit Funny, incisive...will hit home with moms who are busy juggling career, kids, and cooking.
Laura Philpot Benedict The Grand Rapids Press A wonderful memoir cum cookbook that is alive with humor and compassion....Delightful....Its easy manner belies the intelligent observation of a harried mother who has an original, sensible outlook on the chaotic world in which we live.
Greg Langley The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) Funny stuff about the unfunny business of being a mom and wife in the '90s.
This journalist, essayist, prize-winning short story writer, and mother of three brilliantly transforms the mundane into the hilarious in her no-holds-barred record of a year in the life of a modern-day mom--from the birth of her twins to her husband's career change.
About the Author
Jennifer Moses has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Working Mother, Salon, Parenting, and Bon Appétit, among many other publications. A winner of the Pushcart Prize for fiction, she lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION Buns in the Oven
ONE They Only Take Tips
TWO The Six-Minute Supper
THREE The Chemotherapy Weight Loss Diet
FOUR Road Hogs
FIVE Cooking for Your Boyfriend
SIX Victual Reality
SEVEN Mastering the Art of French Kissing
EIGHT Let Them Eat Ice Cream Cake
NINE My Husband, the Gourmet
TEN Spilled Beans
ELEVEN Making Gravy
TWELVE Preparation Anxiety
POSTSCRIPT Salad Days