Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dinner: A Love Story & Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys

                                                               MAD HUNGRY: FEEDING MEN & BOYS

When first published in 2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn''s Mad Hungry met with critical acclaim, but it wasn't just the media that fell hard for this book--it was mothers everywhere, who embraced her message to bring back the family meal and loved the ease, simplicity, and robust goodness of her recipes. The book went on to launch a TV series (Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn) and now, with over 65,000 copies sold, it is available in a paperback edition that will reach a yet wider audience.
   In Mad Hungry, Scala Quinn shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals, dinners that yield fabulous leftovers, and dishes that are a cinch to stretch fore extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfasts will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her techniques that help make homemade meals second nature, nourishing both diner and cook, Scala Quinn offers empowering advice on how to feed one''s family''s spirits as well as fill their bellies.

Jenny Rosenstrach, and her husband, Andy, regularly, some might say pathologically, cook dinner for their family every night. Even when they work long days. Even when their kids'' schedules pull them in eighteen different directions. They are not superhuman. They are not from another planet.
With simple strategies and common sense, Jenny figured out how to break down dinner-the food, the timing, the anxiety, from prep to cleanup-so that her family could enjoy good food, time to unwind, and simply be together.
Using the same straight-up, inspiring voice that readers of her award-winning blog, Dinner: A Love Story, have come to count on, Jenny never judges and never preaches. Every meal she dishes up is a real meal, one that has been cooked and eaten and enjoyed at least a half dozen times by someone in Jenny''s house. With inspiration and game plans for any home cook at any level, Dinner: A Love Storyis as much for the novice who doesn''t know where to start as it is for the gourmand who doesn''t know how to start over when she finds herself feeding an intractable toddler or for the person who never thought about home-cooked meals until he or she became a parent. This book is, in fact, for anyone interested in learning how to make a meal to be shared with someone they love, and about how so many good, happy things happen when we do.

I love cooking and reading a good cookbook!  I thought these two looked good (and Christmas is coming up:), also thought since we talk about how much our boys can eat this second one may interest a few of us. 


  1. Dinner- A Love Story is on my wish list for a December cook book read. I think that the idea of home cooked food every night used to be "but of course" and now a days is "are you kidding?" Would make for interesting reading... and conversation!

  2. She also has a fair bit about books on her blog:) One of her kids is an avid reader. Would love to do this one next December:)


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