Cherries in Winter

Cherries in Winter

My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times

Book - 2009
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What is the secret to finding hope in hard times' When Suzan Colon was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic downturn of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back, and that meant home cooking. Her mother suggested, "Why don't you look in Nana's recipe folder'" In the basement, Suzan found the tattered treasure, full of handwritten and meticulously typed recipes, peppered with her grandmother Matilda's commentary in the margins. Reading it, Suzan realized she had found something more than a collection of recipes'she had found the key to her family's survival through hard times. Suzan began re-creating Matilda's "sturdy food" recipes for baked pork chops and beef stew, and Aunt Nettie's clam chowder made with clams dug up by Suzan's grandfather Charlie in Long Island Sound. And she began uncovering the stories of her resilient family's past. Taking inspiration from stylish, indomitable Matilda, who was the sole support of her family as a teenager during the Great Depression (and who always answered "How are you'" with "Fabulous, never better!"), and from dashing, twice-widowed Charlie, Suzan starts to approach her own crisis with a sense of wonder and gratitude. It turns out that the gift to survive and thrive through hard times had been bred in her bones all along.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385532525
Characteristics: xiii, 202 p. : facsims. ; 20 cm.


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Jul 05, 2011

A nice slow book to read. Very interesting the way the author battles with her identity through unemployment while discovering more about herself through her family's cookbook. Left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Not spectacular, but not too shabby for a read. I was tempted to try some of the recipes but didn't quite get to it.

Dec 18, 2009

Wonderful little story written around the author's grandmother's old recipe book.


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