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Jenny Rosenstrach

Blogger, best-selling author of Dinner: A Love Story and Dinner: The Playbook, and Cup of Jo food columnist

  • 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. 

  • Speaking Topics

    The Weekday Vegetarians

    Eating less meat is not only beneficially for our health but is good for the environment! In this lecture Jenny Rosenstrach will unpack what it means to be a “weekday vegetarian,” i.e. eating a vegetable-based diet during the week and saving meaty splurges for the weekend. Sharing simple tips and tricks Rosenstrach will teach audience member how to get the whole family on board with meat-free meals, and special “Hooks” that make any vegetarian dish simply irresistible.

    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

    The Art of Blogging

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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
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