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Monday, October 19, 2009

ARC Arrival: Cherries in Winter by Suzan Colon


Cherries in Winter:
My Families Recipe for Hope in Hard Times

by Suzan Colon

Publisher: Doubleday

About the book: When Suzan Colon was laid off during the economic downturn of 2008, luxuries she'd taken for granted, like shopping at gourmet markets and even owning a car, were suddenly outside her budget. She decided to save money by cooking, and 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 she began uncovering the stories of her resilient family's past. Taking inspiration from 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!"), 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.

Cherries in Winter makes you want to cook, it makes you want to know your own family's stories, and, above all, it makes you feel rich even when you're feeling poor. (back cover)

Cherries in Winter
Publisher/Publication Date: Doubleday, Nov 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-53252-5
224 pages

4 comments:

fredamans said...

I love cherries, winter or not. :-)

Looks good!

bermudaonion said...

I got this one too - it looks really good.

Sheila Deeth said...

Nice title. Nice cover. And sounds like a topical and inspiring read.

mariag said...

Wow! Sounds like a great story.

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