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Everything Is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes

Farrar. Apr. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780374150143. $25. COOKING
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Sometime the subtitle really does tell it all. In this case, “A memoir with recipes” is the most succinct yet accurate description of this work; an often raw, stream of consciousness effort, describing the difficulties of being a restaurant line cook and new mother in equally vivid detail. Chef and restaurateur Grant, known for her blog Dash and Bella, shares recollections of growing up, cooking with her children, and dining out with her husband. These anecdotes are intermingled with struggles with fertility and postpartum depression. Food ties it all together; feeding customers and family as well as herself. A somewhat idiosyncratic collection of the author’s personal favorite recipes range from pesto to spicy beef stew to strawberry balsamic tart, written in a cozy, conversational style, encouraging readers to use up what’s in the fridge.
VERDICT A compelling memoir about cooking (at home and at work), life, and making it up as you go along.

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