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"The Working Class Foodies Cookbook: 100 Delicious Seasonal and Organic Recipes for Under $8 per Person" (Paperback)

It's true. What I like most about Rebecca Lando's "The Working Class Foodies Cookbook" is that it was immediately like my smartest, longtime friend bearing new information and insight about how to shop, how to prepare, how to cook, and how to enjoy. It waltzed into my mind, sat down and spoke to me like it knew me well, providing me with Rebecca's insightful list of possibilities, treats, and how-to's.

The book suggested that if I would wrap my arms and head around comfort, contentment, and variety in the kitchen, it would stay for dinner and others I care about would arrive to join us.

I admit it. I usually glance for direction at the recipes in most of my cookbooks and then launch off on my own with a fairly high success rate. Not in the case of Rebecca Lando's book. The Working Class Foodies Cookbook talked to me, and I listened happily. It knows what it's talking about every time.

Thank you, Rebecca.



Sometimes I read for the author’s sheer and amazing artistry with language.  Sometimes I read for the author’s personal expertise and visceral connection with both experience and content.  Sometimes I read to have my own memories prodded and brought suddenly alive again.  Seldom do I get to read for two or, heaven, all three at the same time.

Sue Kidd Monk and Ann Kidd Taylor brought all three together for me in their Traveling With Pomegranates (Viking, ISBN 978-0-670-02120-8). 

“I’m having one of those stabbing, crystalline moments when it’s as if I’m outside of myself, observing.  I see myself almost 50 and my daughter unrecognizably grown, and I wonder: Where did all the time go?  Where did we go – those other selves?” 

One of my sons invited me to go to Kuala Lampur a couple of years ago, just the two of us.  He has a busy life with his own work and home and children.  I have my own busy life also.  At that time we lived on opposite sides of the world.  To be traveling alone with my grown son away from anything consummately familiar was an experience to be treasured.  It opened me to experiences, questions, and answers that would have remained boxed up in the hubbub of our normal, daily lives.  I’ve never written about it.  I’ll never forget it.  I hope to do it again someday.

Until that time comes in your own life, you can rely on Traveling With Pomegranates as the closest thing you can experience.  It’s so much more than simply a great read.

George H. Schofield, Ph.D.’s Bookmarks