How To Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day in Between

Ballantine. Sept. 2016. 336p. photos. index. ISBN 9780804176309. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780804176316. COOKING
Author and blogger Rosenstrach (Dinner) focuses her latest effort on what to eat during the celebrations and everyday routines that become treasured family memories. Those familiar with Rosenstrach's blog,, will find the format of the book to be similar. Simple, kid-friendly recipes are interspersed with personal anecdotes, advice, and lessons the author has learned in her time as a mother and home chef. For the most part, the recipes are updates of home cooking classics, streamlined and easy to prepare for both small and large gatherings. Some feature unexpected yet accessible ingredients that add a bit of sophistication to common meals such as hamburgers, roast chicken, and potato salad. The layout is uncluttered, and the directions easy to follow. In Rosenstrach's parlance, everyday family routines become "rituals," events made to be honored with a special dish or dessert.
VERDICT This well-designed cookbook comes with a side helping of lifestyle inspiration. Fans of both mommy- and food-blogging will find something of interest here.
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