Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There is No Family Cookbook

Yes, I say that with confidence. You see, at the household here, schedules have shifted around, and the only person with the time (?!?) to cook is me. If you know me, you know that I rarely, rarely cook. I make a decent pot of chili, but that is about it. So lately I have been browsing cook books, internet recipe cites, and the cooking brains of friends and family.

There is no family cookbook. At least, there is not a cookbook that adequately addresses cooking around a family. I know this, because a real family cookbook would say things like the following:

"...you must stir the pot constantly for the next five minutes. Sh when Timmy has his daily meltdown, tell him he will have to wait. If it happens on a schedule, try to plan around it..."

"...Here is a good place to stop if Betty skins her knee. Again. Everything can wait - just fridge the sauce if you take more than thirty minutes. Maybe you should get her tested..."

"put the beater in the bowl and now would be a good time to hold Chad. The standing mixer just needs to be watched for six to eight minutes and you know how the vibration and a verse of "Summertime" settles the child quite a bit. Are you sure that is not colic..."

See, now that would be a family cookbook!


  1. This is something I would buy! Also would be helpful if each recipe said something like: "Don't ever make this if you have a picky eater. Ever. Don't even buy the ingredients. Little Suzy will NEVER eat this."

  2. If I better knew how to cook, I would write that recipe book!

  3. ok how about a joint effort.....I would be happy to donate my share of the proceeds to a worthy group. sounds like fun to do, I 'd just need a little Patient C to get me through it. Snark and all....Love ya C

  4. @Tracy - You know, I was actually seriously wondering if it would be that hard to take some standard recipes and point out when breaks are okay, or when you cannot take a break. For parents and even other folk, like me, that have trouble standing for long periods of time...

  5. C, that's actually an awesome idea! I bet you could do that for, say, a dozen recipes, and self publish it. It could be geared for just about anyone. I say give it a shot.


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