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Title:
Extra helping : recipes for caring, connecting & building community one dish at a time
ISBN:
9781611806021
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder : Roost Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents:
Food for expanding families -- Food for the rearranged and relocated -- Food for illness and recovery -- Food for solace -- Food for cheer, distraction, and celebration -- Food for lunch boxes and care packages -- Food for a crowd -- Caring for the caregiver.
Summary:
There is no more essential place to show up for people than on the plate. Extra Helping is for anyone who wants to respond to the challenge of baby announcements, PTO meal chains, and CaringBridge alerts with compassion and creativity; who wants to send something to a niece overcome by finals week or a neighbor who is grieving; and whose limits of time and other resources leave them feeling more confused than inspired. With recipes tailored to meet many of the dietary modifications that illness and recovery (not to mention modern life) often entail, Extra Helping walks you, the helpful friend, through cooking for people who are dealing with illness, recovery, and loss, or celebrating babies, birthdays, and new homes. Personal stories from the front lines of care, shortcuts for the time-strapped, and sidebars full of tips and embellishments round out a collection of over 70 recipes, aiding readers in developing a style of caregiving all their own. Extra Helping frames a philosophy of support, a personal identity of tending, a creative and unique-to-you style of saying "I am here for you" --one delivery at a time. -- Publisher's description.
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There is no more essential way to show up for people than on the plate. Extra Helping is for anyone who wants to respond to the challenge of baby announcements, PTO meal chains, and CaringBridge alerts with compassion and creativity; who wants to send something to a niece overcome by finals week or a neighbor who is grieving; who wants to rise above their default setting; and whose limits of time and other resources leave them feeling more confused than inspired. With recipes tailored to meet many of the dietary modifications that illness and recovery (not to mention modern life) often entail, as well as suggestions that range from mailing a kick-ass care package to bringing over a full, hot meal, Extra Helping frames a philosophy of support, a personal identity of tending, a creative and unique-to-you style of saying, "I am here for you"--one delivery at a time.
In eight chapters, Extra Helping walks the helpful friend through cooking for people who are dealing with illness, recovery, and loss--or celebrating babies, birthdays, and new homes. Personal stories from the front lines of care, shortcuts for the time-strapped, and sidebars full of tips and embellishments round out a collection of over 60 recipes, aiding readers in developing a style of caregiving all their own.


Author Notes

JANET REICH ELSBACH lives in a rural community in Western Massachusetts. She teaches writing to high school students and to adults with developmental disabilities and, for over ten years, was a counselor to new and growing families. She writes about how all the numerous things going on in the average life collide with making dinner on her blog A Raisin & a Porpoise . Janet is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Anthropology and a focus on writing and holds a Masters in Education from New York University. She has chased strange ingredients, healing nutrition, and good food all her life and is a regular contributor to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Her writing has appeared on Food52 , Modern Loss , Manifest Station , Role/Reboot ,and Verily Magazin e.

ANNA BRONES is a papercut artist, freelance writer, and founder of Foodie Underground. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist , Fika- The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break , Paris Coffee Revolution and Hello, Bicycle.


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* A small, quirky, and insanely kind collection, Elsbach's first cookbook combines elements of Mollie Katzen's The Moosewood Cookbook and Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything series. With a unique tone and caring approach, Elsbach identifies eight different lifecycle occasions, from births to passings, that demand lovingly delivered food. Her audience is everyone who wants to help their friends and loved ones during such times, and she provides 70-plus recipes for doing just that. With special attention to overall health and specific diets, some recipes require more unusual ingredients like, say, kombu seaweed and slippery elm powder and attention to detail. Protein-packed lettuce cups are recommended for the rearranged and relocated, unmeatballs for solace seekers, and roasted broccoli for caregivers. Very personal introductions accompany each chapter, including tales of Elsbach's children's births as well as caregiving tips for an out-of-country relative. When mixed with Anna Brones' woodcut illustrations, this is a collection to be cherished, though not necessarily easy to emulate. Like Mother Teresa said, There should be less talk. Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2018 Booklist