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Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook: Stories and Recipes from the Heart

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. So much of life is lived around the family table: we tell stories, review the day, pass on traditions, grieve our losses, resolve differences, introduce new loves and celebrate holidays. In the preparing and sharing of meals we create deep memories that we carry with us forever. In the flavor of Chicken Soup for the Soul, here is a joy The kitchen is the heart of the home. So much of life is lived around the family table: we tell stories, review the day, pass on traditions, grieve our losses, resolve differences, introduce new loves and celebrate holidays. In the preparing and sharing of meals we create deep memories that we carry with us forever. In the flavor of Chicken Soup for the Soul, here is a joyful collection of heartwarming stories accompanied by mouthwatering recipes. Seasoned with heartfelt blessings, this marvelous book will help you revisit time-honored values and foster the sharing of meaningful conversation--and new recipes--at mealtime.


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The kitchen is the heart of the home. So much of life is lived around the family table: we tell stories, review the day, pass on traditions, grieve our losses, resolve differences, introduce new loves and celebrate holidays. In the preparing and sharing of meals we create deep memories that we carry with us forever. In the flavor of Chicken Soup for the Soul, here is a joy The kitchen is the heart of the home. So much of life is lived around the family table: we tell stories, review the day, pass on traditions, grieve our losses, resolve differences, introduce new loves and celebrate holidays. In the preparing and sharing of meals we create deep memories that we carry with us forever. In the flavor of Chicken Soup for the Soul, here is a joyful collection of heartwarming stories accompanied by mouthwatering recipes. Seasoned with heartfelt blessings, this marvelous book will help you revisit time-honored values and foster the sharing of meaningful conversation--and new recipes--at mealtime.

30 review for Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook: Stories and Recipes from the Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fergus

    I don’t often review the Chicken Soup for the Soul knock-offs, but this one is special - and it GRABBED MY HEART. In it, writers tell the stories behind the recipes in their own Family Recipe Binder. The stories, in themselves, are fascinating, and they take us on a delicious tour around the world. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And I can vouch for that aperçu, having been blessed with a forever wife whose cooking has achieved a refined excellence with the passage of tim I don’t often review the Chicken Soup for the Soul knock-offs, but this one is special - and it GRABBED MY HEART. In it, writers tell the stories behind the recipes in their own Family Recipe Binder. The stories, in themselves, are fascinating, and they take us on a delicious tour around the world. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And I can vouch for that aperçu, having been blessed with a forever wife whose cooking has achieved a refined excellence with the passage of time. And so, I’ve learned also - and this by the accident of slow spendthrift accretion - that one way to my wife’s heart is by buying her all the cooking equipment she’ll ever need for a well-appointed kitchen. And two happy hearts are better than one: and home is where our hearts are. Each lady in my family has her OWN Family Recipe Binder: my wife, her mother, her sisters, my sister... AND my Mom. And each recipe binder is chock-full of delightful stories - like the stories in this book. My Mom’s recipe binder is a story in itself. As a young rebellious teen, she dashed an ultra-polite business letter off to Miss Betty [email protected] General Foods Inc, viz: “Dear Miss Crocker: “I am a penniless young housewife with a houseful of babes in arms. I am asking for your help in supplying me with enough nourishing recipes to keep my growing young family happy and healthy. “Sincerely, “Sleepless in Seattle.” Or words to that effect, but you get my drift. Anyway, that was back in the money-tight Depression era - and the recipes from dear old Betty poured in for weeks afterwards. Yep, and she would be one smart mother - for as a rebellious teen she nevertheless knew one day she would have kids of her own! EVERY family has got stories like these, or even better, when they open their mom’s old recipe binder... As I say, I don’t normally plug Chicken Soup books. But this one’s pretty rich - and so FULL-filling!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    It is difficult to take a book like this entirely seriously. One of the editors of this book claims, risibly, that this book and the lengthy series it is a part of were not written in order to make money and that there was some ambivalence about making this book in the first place. By the time they were releasing books like Chicken Soup For The Middle-Aged Bachelor Soul, I imagine such quibbles and qualms were long gone, though. This book is by no means a bad one, but it is a strange book that d It is difficult to take a book like this entirely seriously. One of the editors of this book claims, risibly, that this book and the lengthy series it is a part of were not written in order to make money and that there was some ambivalence about making this book in the first place. By the time they were releasing books like Chicken Soup For The Middle-Aged Bachelor Soul, I imagine such quibbles and qualms were long gone, though. This book is by no means a bad one, but it is a strange book that does not quite do what one would expect out of a cookbook, although it certainly follows the hokey advice of the series in its paeans to homegrown wisdom. If you are not fond of the Chicken Soup series in general, this book will likely not improve your feelings, but if you're looking for a cookbook full of random recipes with personal importance to the people the authors think of as celebrities there is at least something to enjoy here. Whether or not that is enough to justify reading the stories in addition to the recipes is a matter that must be left up to each reader to decide for oneself. This book is more than 400 pages long to cover 101 recipes, which is a sign that the stories go on far longer than the recipes do. These recipes and stories are then divided into twelve thematic chapters. After acknowledgements each of the editors gets their own introduction. After that comes some recipes from mom's kitchen (1), including some down-home chicken noodles, Swedish cooking, doomsday cookies, fruitcake, Maryland crab, chicken and potatoes, and so on. Then comes some recipes related to various childhood memories (2), including spicy chicken and peanut brittle, as well as food from one's grandparents (3), such as Bohemian bread, raisin nut cake, and some Utah pioneer scones. There is food from other family members (4), including carrot cake and mashed potatoes relating to Abraham Lincoln. Other dishes include holiday traditions (5), like tamales, yams, and spice cake, and even a chapter about men in the kitchen (6) that includes beer bread, sesame chicken, and chicken cacciatore. A short chapter on recipes from fronts (7), including quiche and Elvis pie, is followed by a much longer chapter on inspiration and insights (8), including starving student chicken, pheasant, waffles, Chilean quinoa tabouleh, and apple-kiwi pie. A short chapter on love, romance, and marriage (9), with vegetarian moussaka is followed by a long chapter which is a love story told with recipes (10) as well as food for the fun of it (11) (including rum cake), and parties with a purpose (12). The book then ends with some suggestions to read future books, a talk on soup kitchens, and information about the editors and contributors, as well as permissions and a recipe index. There are definitely some themes as far as these recipes are concerned. A great many of the dishes have family connections to the people who select them, and there are often looks back to the dishes from childhood experiences in the Great Depression or ancestral connections to frontier or foreign cuisine experiences. To be sure, these make for interesting things to read, at times. The authors seem to think that their personal stories are more interesting than they are. In one of the more entertaining examples, one of the authors talks about a marriage of one of their children or grandchildren or something of that nature to someone else who shared the same frontier Utah personal history, making it possible that there was a shared family recipe due to endogamy, but the author did not appear to want to dwell on that point, although it would have made that chapter at least a lot funnier: "The newlyweds had the same family recipes because they married relatives." That said, if this book is not nearly as funny as it could be and takes itself a bit seriously, there are at least a few foods here that are worth trying and that is good enough to appreciate in a cookbook.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Short snippets. Enjoyable to read before sleep.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Carmichael

    Have read many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books in the past, always enjoy them. This one the same, and since I am a cook also enjoyed the recipes shared in it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nanna

    Very wonderful book of stories to make you think and enjoy life. Great recipes too its a win win....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    The Anne Geddes of cookbooks.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Great recipes combined with inspirational stories and even though some of the stories are just a wee bit hokey, they usually bring a chuckle or a smile. Love the recipes for Nanny's Raisin Nut Cake, Harvest Bake, and Plum-Crazy Bread. Wow! This was my last cookbook, or at least the last one I'm keeping. The others are all in a discard pile for either our used book store for trade or the Goodwill Store. My kitchen looks so much neater! Great recipes combined with inspirational stories and even though some of the stories are just a wee bit hokey, they usually bring a chuckle or a smile. Love the recipes for Nanny's Raisin Nut Cake, Harvest Bake, and Plum-Crazy Bread. Wow! This was my last cookbook, or at least the last one I'm keeping. The others are all in a discard pile for either our used book store for trade or the Goodwill Store. My kitchen looks so much neater!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Casey Smith

    My husband very thoughtfully brought this book home to me from a business meeting he hand with Jack Canfield. I have read many of the 'Chicken Soup' books over the years and I love cookbooks -- especially the ones that come with nice family stories. I have tried many of the recipes in this book and have found them tasty and easy to follow. My husband very thoughtfully brought this book home to me from a business meeting he hand with Jack Canfield. I have read many of the 'Chicken Soup' books over the years and I love cookbooks -- especially the ones that come with nice family stories. I have tried many of the recipes in this book and have found them tasty and easy to follow.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tsering

    owns it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    SouthWestZippy

    Very good book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barb Bailey

    Ssometimes the stories were better than the recipes! Sometimes not!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Nice stories to read, although many are by the same author, so it becomes quite droll. Recipes are okay, nothing really special. by far, it's not the best book of the series. Nice stories to read, although many are by the same author, so it becomes quite droll. Recipes are okay, nothing really special. by far, it's not the best book of the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eden Bragais-najera

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

  18. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Anderson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marya

    Not much of a cook, but the stories were good.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

  24. 4 out of 5

    P

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlette Smith

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Madara

  30. 4 out of 5

    Connie

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