Old-school comfort food : the way I learned to cook

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Alex Guarnaschelli
Title: Old-school comfort food : the way I learned to cook
Chef Alex details some of her personal journeys in professional kitchens and gives recipes for each section of the book. Unfortunately, one of the classes she excelled at was, “How to take a basic recipe and make it far more complicated.” The food itself sounds appealing, but the extra steps she adds make me think that by the time I cooked it, I’d be too tired to eat it. It’s a decent read, though.

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All Gone: a Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments

From  Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Alex Witchel
All Gone: a Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments 
This book chronicles the author’s mother’s journey through stages of Alzheimer’s, from an active, vibrant, educated woman to a completely different and debilitated person. This journey impacts not only the patient, but many others as well. Witchel uses food as an illustrative device to chronicle her younger years as well as the present, and includes recipes for the dishes that serve to illustrate her life.

I enjoyed this book and its style. Before starting any Alzheimer’s support group, I’d recommend reading this book. It shows that those who are mourned are not necessarily deceased.