Blogger, best-selling author of Dinner: A Love Story and Dinner: The Playbook, and Cup of Jo food columnist
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About Jenny Rosenstrach
Jenny Rosenstrach sat down to family dinner every night of her childhood, so there was never a question whether she was going to do the same with her own family. Until, that is, she actually had that family (and a full-time job and a young picky eater) and realized how Herculean a task it was to cook a meal that was fast, healthy, and—here’s the hard part with kids—consumed. So, when the mother of two toddlers found herself in The Great Pasta and Pizza Rut of 2006, she decided it was time to take control of the situation. Rosenstrach challenged herself to cook a brand-new meal for her family every night for a month—brand-new to her and brand-new to her kids. By the end of 30 days, dinner morphed from the dreaded it’s-coming-no-matter-what status to a source of adventure and happiness. And the idea for her book Dinner: The Playbook, published in August 2014, was born.
In her lectures Jenny shares her real-life stories of balancing a young family and work, all while striving for the ultimate end to any day: the family dinner. Rosenstrach acknowledges the hurdles that make family dinners seem impossible, but also breaks down the process into steps, rules, and recipes that make it doable and delicious.
Along with Dinner: The Playbook, Rosenstrach is the creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story and the author of its companion book as well as How to Celebrate Everything and forthcoming The Weekday Vegetarians. She and her husband, Andy Ward, co-wrote “The Providers,” a column about feeding a family for Bon Appetit. She has appeared on NPR, NBC’s Today, and her pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Cookie, Food52, Food Network, and Real Simple.
100 Rules of Dinner
Eight Steps to Making Family Dinner Happen (Without Losing Your Mind)
Finding a Balance: Advice for Busy Mothers
The Story Behind Dinner: A Love Story
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Praise for Jenny Rosenstrach
Praise for Dinner: The Playbook
As a mother of two young children, I was always racked with guilt when serving hummus and crackers for dinner or suggesting yet another night of scrambled eggs. But this brilliant guide is—no exaggeration—changing my life. I was more than happy to let Jenny be my boss for thirty days and whip me—and my family’s dinner—into shape. Think of this book as the world’s most delicious boot camp.— Joanna Goddard, blogger, A Cup of Jo
Well, Jenny Rosenstrach, on the behalf of my whole family, thanks for the most practical—and yet still inspired—cookbook on our shelf. You are singularly responsible for my return to the kitchen.— Kelly Corrigan, author of Glitter and Glue
This book is for anyone who loves the promise of a home-cooked dinner but gets bogged down by the day-to-day reality of it: picky kids, picky spouses, the extinction of the nine-to-five workday, and the pressure—oh, the pressure—to get it on the table before everyone collapses into a hangry (hungry + angry) meltdown. Which is to say that this book is for me, me, me. And I bet it’s for you too.— Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Books by Jenny Rosenstrach
Media About Jenny Rosenstrach
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How to Celebrate Everything
“I have been an ardent fan of Jenny Rosenstrach’s beautiful writing for years. I always know that every word of her books will be something to savor, and How to Celebrate Everything will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys family, friends, and delicious food.”—Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks