Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chicken Soup For the Soul: Food and Love– with #Giveaway

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Food and Love
  • 101 Stories to Celebrate the Intertwining of Food and Love
  • Written by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark
  • Introduction by Amy Newmark
  • 416 pages
  • 101 Stories
  • Many Stories Include a Recipe
  • Available as a Paperback or Digital Download
  • Purchase in Bookstores, or Online Through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Food and Love

So many of my best memories have been made around a table with the people that I love the most.  Many that have taken place away from home have been retold to my family over a meal.

If my life were to flash before my eyes right now, a good portion of the story would be around my parents' kitchen table - my father holding court, and my mother rarely seated, always at the stove.  (A little bit like her own mother.)

My grandmother's kitchen was her pride and joy.  She kept everything clean, organized, and well labeled.  She loved to feed the masses!  Her treasured recipes and traditions have been passed down and her memory lives in them.  With every Christmas Cookie, Holy Saturday Frittata, or special recipe, we remember her.  We often wonder how our somewhat relaxed schedule for Thanksgiving would seem to her.  She was always up before dawn, and had the day scheduled down to the minute.

My mother has hosted some epic Christmas Eve Open House parties, and Thanksgivings with enough food to feed a legion of starving men.  My father once planned a party, but forgot to make plans for the food - Boy, did we have to scramble when we realized his mistake!  Amazingly, it was a great party, and there were even leftovers!  Now I have begun to do some hostessing of my own.  Generation after generation, we make more memories around our tables.

Oh, and I can't forget ice cream!  On days of remembrance for my father, the tributes always include ice cream.  He loved his frozen treats, and the only bars he hung out in were the dairy bars!  I will never forget dripping butterscotch syrup on his best shoes (it never came off!) the big "kitchen sink" ice cream celebrations we shared after bringing home good report cards, or my very own ice cream "date" with Dad the day I swam a lap of the pool all by myself.

Most families are like mine, and food is often a part of the best memories.  This compilation of stories had so many that reminded me of my own life.  some are sweet and heartwarming, others are downright funny.  Whether  a cherished holiday tradition, or an awful kitchen disaster the stories are everything you love about Chicken Soup for the Soul books.  As a bonus, many of the recipes from the stories are included.  I love this volume, and I am looking forward to trying out some of the recipes myself.

The stories are broken down into ten sections:
  • Learning to Cook
  • Just Like Mom's
  • Table for Two
  • Comfort Food
  • Little Helpers
  • In Memory Of...
  • A Bite of Fun
  • The Taste of Tradition
  • Life Lessons in the Kitchen
  • Always Room for Dessert.
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I have also been given the opportunity to offer a copy of this book for giveaway.  Please use the Rafflecopter form below.

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Good Luck, and Bon Appetit!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post and my opinions are genuine.