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Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch

Cooking for Gracie The Making of a Parent from Scratch A touching insightful and uplifting memoir complete with than recipes that recounts a year in the life of a new parent learning to cook for three Keith Dixon s passion was cooking For years he

  • Title: Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch
  • Author: KeithDixon
  • ISBN: 9780307591876
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A touching, insightful and uplifting memoir, complete with than 40 recipes, that recounts a year in the life of a new parent learning to cook for three.Keith Dixon s passion was cooking For years, he sustained himself through difficult days by dreaming about the lavish recipes he was going to attempt when he got home Thai curries, Indian raitas, Sichuan noodles AllA touching, insightful and uplifting memoir, complete with than 40 recipes, that recounts a year in the life of a new parent learning to cook for three.Keith Dixon s passion was cooking For years, he sustained himself through difficult days by dreaming about the lavish recipes he was going to attempt when he got home Thai curries, Indian raitas, Sichuan noodles All that changed when his daughter, Gracie, was born five weeks early, at just four pounds Keith and his wife, Jessica, adapted to life with a newborn as all parents do walking around in a sleep deprived haze, trying to bond with Gracie and meet the needs of this new person in their lives all while dealing with the overwhelming fear that they were going to catastrophically fail in their new roles After Gracie became a part of their family, Keith no longer had time to cook the way he once knew when he did find time to make something, he learned the hard way that his daughter woke easily to the simplest kitchen noise, and soon realized that if he wanted his family to eat well, he was going to have to learn to cook all over again Based on three popular articles in the New York Times, Cooking for Gracie is a memoir of the first year of Gracie s life, as Keith learns to cook for three discovering what it means to be a father while still holding on to what made him who he was before his daughter came along Keith and Jessica s hilarious and poignant struggles to adjust to life with a newborn will resonate with new parents foodies mouths will water over the tempting meals Keith creates amateur cooks will laugh at his missteps in the kitchen and it s just impossible not to fall in love with the adorable Gracie A critically acclaimed novelist, Keith Dixon reflects on food, parenting, and cooking with both humor and reverence, and shares the delicious, accessible parent and family friendly recipes he discovered along the way Beautifully written and compulsively readable, Cooking for Gracie is an irresistible and unforgettable story, for foodies and parents alike, of a family of three learning to find their way together KEITH DIXON has been on the staff of the New York Times for seventeen years He is also the author of two novels The Art of Losing which received starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist and was named Editor s Choice by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Ghostfires, named one of the five best first novels of 2004 by Poets Writers magazine.

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    1. Dan on said:

      A cookbook, a memoir on the first year of fatherhood, and not something I'd usually find myself reading. This however was written by the talented author of The Art of Losing: A Novel, Keith Dixon so I couldn't resist. I am not much of a chef, nor have I tried any of the recipes laid out in this book. I must say that most of them sound delicious and I plan to try a few of them in the coming weeks. So my review is more about the memoir than the recipes. Dixon manages to tell his story in an honest [...]

    2. Patty on said:

      Hey! This was really great! It was a departure for me, as I don't usually read memoirs, or foodie books, or books about parenting. It was rich and engaging and the recipes were mouth watering. It gave me a peek into a world that is totally unfamiliar to me. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.

    3. Shari Larsen on said:

      This is a memoir of the author's experiences as a first time father, who also loves to cook. But it's not just about trying to cook while adjusting to having a baby in the house, it's a heartfelt and sometimes hilarious story about fatherhood and being a husband.The lessons one learns in the kitchen can also be applied to life elsewhere, such as being able to plan in advance, and how to deal when unexpected situations come up.The first few months of Gracie's life mean sleep deprivation for her m [...]

    4. Theresa on said:

      Keith Dixon’s Cooking For Gracie is a wonderful first year account of daughter Gracie’s life and the food they ate. Right away you know this story is going to be different Gracie is born early and later in the book you discover even more about Gracie’s birth that make’s you realize how courages her parents are. Your heart goes out to this new family as they work together as a unit. Mom stays home to take on the daily care and breast feeding and Dad takes on the responsibilty of feeding t [...]

    5. Janelle on said:

      Goes faster than I expected - the chapters flow well as to feel fairly short (though I skipped over the recipes).The prose reminds me a lot of Claire Dederer's Poser in that it employs a conceit to explore the tentative first steps of parenthood. The narrator here is much less I suppose "hip" is the word I want to use. I found myself wanting to hang out with Dederer during the early chapters of Poser, but while Dixon is not at all aloof, neither does he charm his way into being your new imaginar [...]

    6. Brenda Knight on said:

      I received a free copy of this book as the result of winning a giveaway on . This was a realistic story of a child's first year of life, with all the ups and downs. I fell in love with Gracie. I could feel her parent's fear, exhaustion, anxiousness, confusion & joy. I understood when they questioned their ability and shared their feelings of joy when overcoming hurdles. It's been almost 30 years since I was a first time parent. I was able to revisit that time and those feelings while reading [...]

    7. Rachel C. on said:

      Saw this while picking over the inventory of a Borders in the final death throes. Got it for a foodie / new dad friend of mine but of course I couldn't resist a quick look-see myself.The baby minutia was - unsurprisingly - totally uninteresting to me. The author is kind of a drama queen, no?The adaptive cooking he had to do (e.g. no time; no dairy; no noise) was interesting and appealed to the part of me that likes reality cooking shows. I picked up a few ideas and I liked his chatty instruction [...]

    8. Sara on said:

      This was kind of a random book. Cooking for Gracie couldn't quite figure out which direction it was going in. It is a really great story about paranting a young child from a father's point of view (something we see far to little of). Unfortunatly it also seemed like a soap box for the author who went on tangents from time to time and used quite a few distracting asides. It was also a cook book and while the receipes sound tasty they appear to be a bit too complicated for anyone who doesn't live [...]

    9. Jen on said:

      I loved this book. It took me a little while to get used to the writing style with footnotes and recipes but once I did, I could not put it down. It was so honest and funny and I could totally relate to so much of it. It is a novel about love, marriage, cooking, children and how you put them all together and make a life. It makes one realize that to cook good nourishing food for someone is a wonderful way of saying you love them, love on one of the most basic levels. This was a wonderful and fun [...]

    10. Jessica on said:

      I loved this book! It was filled with the honest ups and downs of becoming a parent for the first time! It took me back in time to my own experiences with my newborn. Not only could I relate completely to Keith Dixon, but when I closed my eyes to go back in time, I felt that I was him. Strange, but true!I also really enjoyed the author's recipes and have since made a few for my family. Cooking for others is truly good for your soul!!!!

    11. Maura on said:

      This was such a great concept for a book, exploring the first year of parenthood through the lens of cooking, but it just didn't work for me. Parts of it were touching and relatable, but a lot of it felt like the author was stretching to write a whole book. (It started as a story in the NYT and probably should have stayed just the one story.) The end really turned me off, as it was all about the recession and not really at all about parenthood or cooking.

    12. Tracy on said:

      This father of a newborn chronicles the first year and how his cooking varies depending on his daughter's development as well as the dietary contraints placed upon his wife due to his daughter's medical problem. He tells tales of her severe reflux and her crying fits which would try even the most patient parent. It was actually nerve wracking to read those portions. I grabbed a few recipes, including one for ginger scallion rice.

    13. Emily on said:

      interesting book. I will not be making any of the receipies and really lightly skimmed them. I could really relate though to the struggles. My now 6 year old was also born 5 weeks early and spent (very little) time in the NICU, suffered from reflux and was on Zantac. The claims the author made were NOT exagerated, when it came to the crying, and the insanity said crying can (and does) bring to the parents. I liked the story, and enjoied the male voice.

    14. Lori on said:

      Adorable story from a foodie Dad's perspective. Reminded me a lot of hungry monkey but this guy made me feel less like a culinary loser. It focused more on him and his experiences and observations meeting and raising his daughter. There's just something so endearing about reading about the man's point of view. Although I just glazed over the recipes so it was a quick read.

    15. David Richardson on said:

      I recieved this book for free from the first-read giveaway. A sometimes scary but mostly touching story of a couples life during their babys first year. LOTS of recipes ( I skipped over most of them because of complexity and unavailibity of ingredients in my area). Each chapter is like a short story. My favorites were "Sweet Nothings" and "American Nightmare".

    16. Rebecca on said:

      A new genre: autobiography/cookbook. Cookobiography? The author's daughter was born early, and this book is about how he became a father by learning how to cook for his daughter. The recipes and stories are very interwoven--I especially liked a series of recipes where he writes about how to cook quietly, so as not to wake a sleeping baby.

    17. Tracy on said:

      Sweet, well written book. It took me right back to those baby days. Some of his recipes look good, too. The chapter-long tirade about food companies didn't fit and interrupted the flow, and I've heard it all before. Overall a nice read.

    18. Jennifer on said:

      This was probably a much better book then I am giving it credit for in my rating. I am past this part of my life as a parent and therefore this just didn't interest me as much as it would have about 14 years ago.

    19. Lindsay on said:

      I heard an interview with Dixon on WNYC, and liked his storytelling. The storytelling quality is sustained in his writing. "Cooking" is about Dixon's transition to fatherhood. The book is short, vivid and leaves you wanting more. Great read.

    20. Abigail on said:

      A little light as a memoir but still a good read if you are a new parent.

    21. Nina on said:

      Mostly reads like a series of whining written by a drama queen, but has some moments of beauty and wisdom.Some recipes included in the book are interesting and I intend to try them out.

    22. Jessica on said:

      Touching and heartfelt, the author speaks of some familiar experiences, a great read.Great recipes too! firstreads winner

    23. Cindy on said:

      A little scattered. But liked the real thoughts expressed about parenthood.

    24. Sarah on said:

      A very honest portrayal of life as a new parent told through the medium of the food the author prepares for his family. The story really resonated with me during my own sleepless night phase.

    25. Sharon on said:

      2.5 stars. There wasn't anything wrong with this book. It was fine. It just didn't ever become a story where I was looking forward to the next chance I'd have to pick it up.

    26. Kate Teague on said:

      Good book, neat to see the first year of a new baby's life through a fathers eyes.

    27. Bokvorm Adair on said:

      I liked it. Funny, emotional, the recipes look tasty, and a unique book from this NICU nurse's standpoint :)

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