“Families crave rituals,” says Jenny Rosenstrach, and by rituals she means not just the big celebrations—Valentine’s Day dinners, Mother’s Day brunches, Halloween send-offs, Thanksgiving feasts, holiday cocktail parties—but the little ones we may not even realize are rituals: a platter of deluxe nachos on Super Bowl Sunday, or a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes after every braces-tightening session. Whether simple or elaborate, daily or annual, these rituals all serve the same purpose for Rosenstrach: to bring comfort, connection, and meaning to every day.
100+ recipes, including:
• popovers, apple fritters, and golden pancakes, perfect for sleepover mornings or birthday breakfasts
• “Interfaith Sliders”: one version with ham and another with brisket
• Rosenstrach’s legendary chocolate Mud Cake—plus an entire section on birthdays, including a one-size-fits-all party planner that does not rely on pizza
• complete menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve
• and, of course, dozens of Rosenstrach’s signature family dinners: Grilled Soy-Glazed Pork Chops, Harissa Roasted Chicken, Crispy Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce and Naan, Grilled Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Butter and Summer Cabbage, and more
In this digital, overscheduled age, How to Celebrate Everything helps families slow down, capture the moments that matter—and eat well while doing it.
Praise for 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
“Enjoy How to Celebrate Everything for the easy-to-follow recipes. But even more satisfying are the wonderful anecdotes of family life and [Jenny Rosenstrach’s] genial examination of the lasting role that food plays in our lives beyond the plate.”—Family Circle (September “What We’re Reading” Pick)
“With characteristic warmth and humor, [Rosenstrach] urges readers to ritualize and celebrate the small moments in family life by sharing stories from her own. . . . Rosenstrach is a skilled storyteller and introduces each occasion with an engaging essay before offering up the much-loved recipes that inspired it. . . . A delicious and delightful ode to the ways family and food intertwine, reinforcing each other.”—Booklist
“Featured recipes are proven kid friendly and presented with humorous mommy angst and nostalgic commentary . . . Rosenstrach inspires, reminding us that the real celebration is family itself.”—Publishers Weekly
“This well-designed cookbook comes with a side helping of lifestyle inspiration.”—Library Journal
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Table of Contents
Part I Holidays We Didn't Invent 1
Easter Ham 9
The Edible Gift Ritual (Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day) 15
Fourth of July, aka Cousinland 28
Halloween Launch Party 37
On Thanksgiving Traditions 43
How to Avoid Empty Celebration Syndrome 60
The Holiday Party 68
My Dad's Genius Entertaining Trick 77
Christmas in Virginia 78
Fancy-Pants Dinner (New Year's Eve) 89
Part II Our Family Rituals 97
The Walk to the Farmer's Market 98
The One-on-One Date 122
Fruit First Thing 133
Lunch with Dad 143
The Sleepover Breakfast 146
Vacation Rituals 156
Miracle Mashed Potatoes 168
Après Ski 176
Part III Birthdays 185
Abby's Birthdaypalooza 186
Andy's Birthday Breakfasts 196
Jenny's Mud Cake 199
Phoebe's Ice Cream Cake 206
Pick a Country, Any Country 211
A Sane Parent's Guide to Throwing an At-Horne Birthday Party 214
Part IV Family Dinners 227
Did I Ever Tell You …? 228
Sunday Dinners 236
Eating in Front of the TV 258
After-Dinner Rituals 267
On Signature Dinners 276
In Conclusion 287
Rituals and Holidays Organized by Calendar 289
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not sure why I got this book, but it came to me in the mail one day. I almost put it on the shelf without reading it – what a mistake that would have been! This is a cookbook – but it is also a book talking about a major part of our lives. The whole idea of the book is that a family needs to use food to celebrate being a family. The book is a cookbook written in a series of essays revolving around different events/holidays/times of the year. The author feels that the memories tied to food are so important that the food should be prepared with those memories in mind. For instance – it is worth getting up a little early if making a special breakfast on a child’s birthday will build a lasting memory. She also emphasizes that many things we do without really thinking about it are making lasting impressions on our children. This book really got me thinking about my own memories of my mother’s meals and traditions, as well as the traditions I had made for my own family. I think everyone should have this book (and read it cover to cover, not just pick out the recipes). I plan on giving it as a wedding gift from now on!