Book Review: Dinner: A Love Story

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny RosenstrachDinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table by Jenny Rosenstrach

I have never read Jenny Rosenstrach’s blog Dinner A Love Story before, so I didn’t pick up her cookbook with the same name because of familiarity. I saw the book title somewhere so I decided on a whim to grab it from the library, and I am so glad I did.

It’s a cookbook, yes, but it’s almost equal parts memoir. There are details of Jenny’s story, and her “dinner diary” which shows the changes in her life as her dinner table changes from just her and her husband to accommodate her two daughters as well.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes (although many of them sound delicious, and eminently doable even in my current stage of motherhood.) I adored the cookbook because of all the extra information Rosenstrach includes. The memories she shares, and the tips she includes for how to manage getting dinner on the table and getting your family to eat it.

If you enjoy reading cookbooks or food memoirs, do yourself a favor and take a look at this one. It’s a gem.

Publisher’s Description:
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 Story is 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.

Book Details

Title: Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table
Author: Jenny Rosenstrach
Category: Nonfiction / Cookbook
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. This was a fun read. The recipes look do-able and family-friendly!

    • I thought so too – and none of them were of the “claimed to be do-able by an average home cook, but you’d really have to be very experienced to pull it off for a regular meal” variety. And I really want to try that pork shoulder ragu recipe. It sounded & looked so good.

  2. This looks like a fun book! I usually don’t just read cookbooks, but I’m always intrigued with books that include recipes. I’ll have to give Dinner: A Love Story a try.

  3. you have ignited in me a love for memoir cookbooks. thanks so much for sharing.

    • Thanks for letting me know! They’re one of my favorite types so I’m happy to hear someone else loves them too. 🙂


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