We Laugh We Cry We Cook by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph
This book was right up my alley. A fun read of a mom and daughter sharing their personal anecdotes regarding their cooking adventures with quite a few recipes thrown in. The daughter tells of what led up to her family deciding to become vegan with the adventure of becoming a new mom thrown in. The mother shares her adventures in cooking for her husband, kids, and grandkids and the love and research she puts in to caring for her family and their stomachs.
This definitely was a quick read. I finished a chapter or two a night and read through the recipes. I especially enjoyed the daughter’s story and perspective, and was intrigued to read the story of how her picky husband turned vegan. I like to incorporate a vegetarian dish into our meals at least one night a week, so I enjoyed seeing some very hearty vegetarian/vegan dishes. They also incorporated their faith in God and what part that plays in their lives. And I couldn’t rate this book fully without trying out a few of the recipes. I picked three to start. First I tried Becky’s Layered Italian Veggie Casserole. I was only disappointed in the description of the skillet cook time of the potatoes and zucchini. Partial and lightly didn’t offer enough description for me and I did not cook them in the skillet as long as I should have, so they came out of the oven more firm than I would have liked. Other than that, it was a delicious recipe that would serve a ton of people. Next I made the Sweet Potato Lentil Chili. Delicious! Great, great recipe and my 13 month old ate it all up. The next recipe that I tried was the Cashew Queso. This recipe intrigued me more than anything else. Believe it or not, it wasn’t bad. It didn’t really taste like queso to me, but was a yummy dip that is not nearly as fat laden as regular queso would be. Very creative and tasty. All in all, a good read.
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