Recipes for Disaster: A Memoir

Recipes for Disaster: A Memoir

by Tess Rafferty
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Recipes for Disaster 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed these stories so much! Some of them were quite poignant. There are also some excellent cooking tips in here. We followed her advice on cooking our Thanksgiving turkey and it turned out beautifully!! This is a great book buy for the holidays.
Sylvia_Krakauer More than 1 year ago
Tess Rafferty's often heart breaking but always heart warming "Recipes for Disaster" felt like it was written for me. Maybe it was. I opened this book expecting to find fun recipes and cute anecdotes. I expected to laugh, because on stage, on the small screen and in real life, Tess has always made me laugh. What I didn't expect was the intricate weave of philosophy, unspeakable loss, family dysfunction, friends and friendships of all iterations explored amid a backdrop of food. What I should have, but didn't expect, was to be so captivated by foods I always knew existed and a person I thought I knew really well. I mean, who knew that Tess couldn't eat fruit? This book is truly delightful and will make you want to laugh and cry but you'll wait to do both because you'll want to run into the kitchen and cook something and then call five friends to share it with. My late husband loved meat loaf, which I didn't make often enough. Of course, even if I'd served it three meals a day for our all-too-short time together it wouldn't have been enough. Of all of the people who came in and out of my life, only one of them understood my meat loaf regret. In fact, she told me that it changed her life. That person, of course, was Tess Rafferty. Speaking about creating a meal and sharing it with friends, Tess reminds us to keep it light by cautioning: "You're not taking a tumor out of a child's brain." And yet, after reading this book, you'll believe that Tess could probably manage to do that. And more importantly, reading this book will make you feel like you can too.