Dinner: A Love Story

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dinner: A Love Story 
by Jenny Rosenstrach 

This was one of my favorite books of 2017. Jenny created a blog with an emphasis on making family dinners a priority. This book is the culmination of that project. I had never read her blog, but you definitely didn't need to. My favorite thing about this "cookbook" is that her personal stories and experiences are sprinkled throughout it. You feel like you're getting to know her as you read about her recipes. I love how simple and straight forward most of the dinners are. Her philosophy is clear: use good ingredients and make food you love and your idea of what "dinner" should be will change.
(Making the chicken pot pie, left, the finished flatbread pizza, right)

So far we've tried three of the recipes and they've all been great. We made the chicken pot pie, the arugula and prosciutto flatbread pizza, and the kale, white bean, and sausage soup. I love that there is room to get creative with her recipes. If you know you love a certain ingredient, toss it in the soup or on the pizza. You don't have to worry about messing it up.
(Making the kale, white bean and sausage stew, left, finished product, right)

The book has already gotten me excited about meal planning again. I've bought the ingredients for some of her other recipes (pork ragu, creamy tomato chicken, and tomato and white bean soup) and can't wait to try them out.
Jenny includes lots of tips for getting kids to eat good food, which was so helpful!

If you've read this one, let me know if you've tried any of the recipes!


Ti said...

Meal planning. What's that? Seriously. I have not meal planned in so long. Too many activities with The Girl. I can't even get to the store. I can't wait for my supermarket to join the world in grocery delivery. I live in a large city and no food delivery locally. BUT, the book looks wonderful.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Ti - That was absolutely me last year! I feel like we all go through phases where we meal plan more or less depending on our crazy schedules. Grocery delivery was a total game changer for me. I love it!

Unruly Reader said...

I sorely need to get back into cooking, and this book sounds like a way I could do that and feel all bookish and happy about it. I'm going in!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Unruly - I hope you like it! I go through phases where I'm all fired up to cook and others when I'm just in no mood.