Slices of Life by Leah Eskin

Title: Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum
Author: Leah Eskin
Publisher: Perseus Books Group / Running Press
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
ISBN: 9780762452705
Number of Pages: 408
How I Got It: NetGalley
Format: Kindle


For nearly a decade, Leah Eskin has been serving up chronicles of everyday life, along with mouthwatering recipes, to the readers of her “Home on the Range” column in the Chicago Tribune. Now she has whipped up Slices of Life, a collection of her columns covering everything from her early married days to parenting adolescents—and everything in between. From “Best Friend Biscuits” to “Recovery Paella” to “Sullen Child Oatmeal Squares,” there’s always a recipe to cope with life’s sticky situations: the dinner party gone awry, the mortifying soccer match, the houseguest who eats nothing, the teenager who won’t listen. She tells the story of family life through its ordinary disasters—and pleasures.
Slices of Life is both a charming memoir told through food, and with more than 200 recipes, it’s also a delectable cookbook that will enchant anyone who appreciates the big and little moments of life.
My Review:
For those not familiar with Leah Eskin's columns, this compilation is a great introduction. SLICES OF LIFE provides over 200 great recipes, each accompanied by mini essay introductions. Equal parts personal stories about dinner party disasters, picky eaters, camping, and general family life, and fairly easy to follow recipes, this book will be enjoyed by any food lover / food critic / food blogger.

I have always thought that certain situations require certain food. Like a prescription or remedy. Tough days call for something hearty like spaghetti and meatballs to fill you and up and provide a good night's sleep. A simple roast chicken is perfect for Girls' Night In (plenty of time to chat while the chicken crisps up.) Like chocolate chip cookies for the first day of school, an easy casserole for new moms and neighbors, some foods and situations just go together. 

The Red Hot Pepper Cure looks especially like a recipe I will try. If it works as well as she states, I'll whip up an extra big batch to freeze and pull out whenever someone gets the sniffles. I also think I'll try the Almond Cake and the Onion Tart. I will definitely be revisiting this book regularly for some cooking inspiration. 

*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

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