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Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family
     

Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family

by Pam Anderson
 

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When the women behind the popular blog Three Many Cooks gather in the busiest room in the house, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Now acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio, blend compelling reflections and well-loved recipes into one funny, candid, and irresistible book.
 
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When the women behind the popular blog Three Many Cooks gather in the busiest room in the house, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Now acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio, blend compelling reflections and well-loved recipes into one funny, candid, and irresistible book.
 
Together, Pam, Maggy, and Sharon reveal the challenging give-and-take between mothers and daughters, the passionate belief that food nourishes both body and soul, and the simple wonder that arises from good meals shared. Pam chronicles her epicurean journey, beginning at the apron hems of her grandmother and mother, and recounts how a cultural exchange to Provence led to twenty-five years of food and friendship. Firstborn Maggy rebelled against the family’s culinary ways but eventually found her inner chef as a newlywed faced with the terrifying reality of cooking dinner every night. Younger daughter Sharon fell in love with food by helping her mother work, lending her searing opinions and elbow grease to the grueling process of testing recipes for Pam’s bestselling cookbooks.
 
Three Many Cooks ladles out the highs and lows, the kitchen disasters and culinary triumphs, the bitter fights and lasting love. Of course, these stories would not be complete without a selection of treasured recipes that nurtured relationships, ended feuds, and expanded repertoires, recipes that evoke forgiveness, memory, passion, and perseverance: Pumpkin-Walnut Scones, baked by dueling sisters; Grilled Lemon Chicken, made legendary by Pam’s father at every backyard cookout; Chicken Vindaloo that Maggy whipped up in a boat galley in the Caribbean; Carrot Cake obsessively perfected by Sharon for the wedding of friends; and many more.
 
Sometimes irreverent, often moving, always honest, this collection illustrates three women’s  individual and shared search for a faith that confirms what they know to be true: The divine is often found hovering not over an altar but around the stove and kitchen table. So hop on a bar stool at the kitchen island and join them to commiserate, laugh, and, of course, eat!

Advance praise for Three Many Cooks
 
“This beautiful book is a stirring, candid, powerful celebration of mothers, daughters, and sisters, and of family, food, and faith. The stories are relatable and real, and are woven perfectly with the time-tested, mouthwatering recipes. I loved every page, every word, and am adding this to the very small pile of books in my life that I know I’ll pick up and read again and again.”—Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
 
“As a little story about mac and cheese illustrates, when it comes to family, the trick is to make a masterpiece with the ingredients you’ve got. Three Many Cooks is the perfect encouragement to work with what we have: one another.”—Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Glitter and Glue
 
“Pam Anderson is the consummate test cook—smart, thorough, and curious. Her new book, Three Many Cooks, puts cooking in the context it ultimately belongs, at the center of friends and family.”—Christopher Kimball, founder and editor, America’s Test Kitchen
 
“A wonderful, honest account of food and family, Three Many Cooks deliciously reveals what I’ve suspected all along: Cooking for people you love pays back enormous dividends.”—Jenny Rosenstrach, New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: The Playbook

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/16/2015
Accomplished cookbook author Anderson (Perfect One-Dish Dinners, etc.) teams up with her two grown daughters for a warm, gracious extension of their blog, Three Many Cooks, featuring homey tales and easy-preparation recipes. In alternating chapters, the three describe how the young women caught the foodie bug from their mother, a Southern-bred trailer-house only child who became a caterer, then a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated magazine in the 1980s while her husband went to Yale Divinity School. As Anderson gradually mastered the cooking trade and began writing her own cookbooks (each with the word “perfect” in the title), her girls were the “guinea pigs” for many of her tasting experiments- failed versions ended up in their lunch boxes, and one summer in Maine the family had to endure Pam’s “new status as a serial crustacean killer” as she created recipes for her How to Cook Lobster Perfectly. The daughters write that they grew to respect the craft of cooking more as they traveled, married, and started their own households, and all three authors express (rather repetitively) the shared values of work ethic and “the gift of thrift.” The recipes are certainly well tested, and the message plainspoken and unfussy. (Apr.)
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Advance praise for Three Many Cooks
 
“This beautiful book is a stirring, candid, powerful celebration of mothers, daughters, and sisters, and of family, food, and faith. The stories are relatable and real, and are woven perfectly with the time-tested, mouthwatering recipes. I loved every page, every word, and am adding this to the very small pile of books in my life that I know I’ll pick up and read again and again.”—Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
 
“As a little story about mac and cheese illustrates, when it comes to family, the trick is to make a masterpiece with the ingredients you’ve got. Three Many Cooks is the perfect encouragement to work with what we have: one another.”—Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Glitter and Glue
 
“Pam Anderson is the consummate test cook—smart, thorough, and curious. Her new book, Three Many Cooks, puts cooking in the context it ultimately belongs, at the center of friends and family. In the kitchen and in life, Pam and her daughters express the essential truth about both: ‘Whatever we have is enough.’”—Christopher Kimball, founder and editor, America’s Test Kitchen
 
“A wonderful, honest account of food and family, Three Many Cooks deliciously reveals what I’ve suspected all along: Cooking for people you love pays back enormous dividends.”—Jenny Rosenstrach, New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: The Playbook

“Mothers and daughters, especially, will find great appeal in this endearing book of heartfelt personal histories accented with accessible recipes from authors who freely exhibit an ‘intelligent and thoughtful approach to food.’ A scrumptious pairing of nourishment and familial devotion.”Kirkus Reviews
Library Journal
03/01/2015
Anderson (Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals) and her two adult daughters, who together write a blog after which this book was named, take turns penning chapters in this tri-authored memoir, ending each section with a recipe that ties into the subject at hand. The women delve into topics both mundane and profound, from washing out baggies to growing apart in a marriage. The down-to-earth narratives have distinct voices yet all believe in the importance of shared meals and cooking with the ones you love: food as nourishment; food as connection; food as healing balm. Faith is gently present in many chapters, and wine and cocktails are a part of several meals. These are warm and comforting autobiographical essays from real folks who celebrate the role of food in their lives. VERDICT More prose than cookbook, this work will be enjoyed by cooks and noncooks alike. The 26 recipes are easy to follow (though not always simple) and most are forgiving of substitutions (e.g., this cheese for that, store-bought pie crust for homemade). The book's highest readership will be found in libraries where cookbooks circulate well.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Review
2015-01-22
A mother and her two adult daughters explore their unified histories through themes of food, hard work and love. Best-selling cookbook author and former Cook's Illustrated executive editor Anderson (Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals, 2011, etc.) grew up in a household "where food was revered and big meals were the main event," so she naturally passed that devotion down to daughters Maggy and Sharon. All three co-author the food blog Three Many Cooks, and each describes intimate and distinctive experiences growing up in the kitchen-friendly Anderson clan and within their own extended families. A constant commonality for the trio is the timeless enjoyment of generational go-to recipes (Perfect Carrot Cake, Cheese Drawer Mac and Cheese, Pasta Carbonara, etc.). With equal heft, Anderson extolls the joys and pains of working motherhood and her evolution through the echelons of food editorship, while her daughters exuberantly share the "tragicomedy of our sisterhood" and their Christianity, related through pages of warm anecdotes. All three women exhibit charismatic, affable personalities. Anderson, raised in the Bible Belt by a doting mother and a recovering-alcoholic father, shares her father's recipe for Lemon Chicken, a dish he savored up until and throughout his elderly convalescence. Firstborn daughter Maggy, after marrying, living abroad and returning stateside, revels in her eventual appreciation for the "power of food" and a passion for cooking through her mother's long-held family traditions and talent for "conceptualizing a meal." Youngest daughter Sharon, a former Web editor at Fine Cooking, writes of her courtship with her husband while at Yale Divinity School and the introduction of culinary creativity into their blossoming relationship. Mothers and daughters, especially, will find great appeal in this endearing book of heartfelt personal histories accented with accessible recipes from authors who freely exhibit an "intelligent and thoughtful approach to food." A scrumptious pairing of nourishment and familial devotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804178952
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/14/2015
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestseller and author of seven books, Pam Anderson is AARP’s official food expert and a Runner’s World contributing columnist. She is the former executive editor at Cook’s Illustrated. She and her two daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio, are the voices behind the blog Three Many Cooks, featured in several national publications, including Woman’s Day and Redbook. Anderson lives in Connecticut with her husband.
 
Maggy Keet graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English literature and sociology. After several years in the social-work field, she went back to school, graduating with a master’s degree in globalization and international development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. After living in Malawi and building a maternity clinic, she moved with her husband, Andy, to New York City where she now works fund-raising for Haiti.
 
Sharon Damelio graduated from Williams College with a degree in English and classics, and spent the next two years working at Fine Cooking magazine as assistant web editor. She recently graduated from Yale Divinity School with a master of divinity and now works at a nonprofit in Atlanta that provides programs and services to homeless and near-homeless individuals.

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