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A heartwarming and mouthwatering memoir, featuring more than forty recipes, about a new father learning to cook for three
COOKING FOR GRACIE
The Making of a Parent from Scratch
By Keith Dixon
“Dixon ably pulls readers into the kitchen with him and conveys all the defeat, doubt, loneliness and trepidation that [he] and his wife experienced as new parents….An enjoyable journey through parenthood and then back to reality.” —Kirkus Reviews
An insightful and uplifting new memoir, COOKING FOR GRACIE: The Making of a Parent from Scratch by Keith Dixon (Crown; on sale May 10, 2011) will resonate with any parent who has struggled through the general upheaval that comes with a new baby. When life no longer operates according to his schedule, Keith, a longtime staff member of the New York Times and a self-described “cooking fiend,” turns to the kitchen for clues on how best to adapt.
After the birth of their first child, Gracie, Keith and his wife, Jessica, are thrown into the challenging new world of lost sleep, midnight feedings, and general cluelessness. In the midst of their new responsibilities, when faced with the question of what to eat, Keith and Jessica were often tempted, given the amount of time before Gracie’s next wake-up, to answer: bread and water. But realizing how much they were already sacrificing as new parents and both unwilling to give up good food in addition to good sleep, they started to raid their pantry and freezer for handy ingredients to throw together. Even without the planning and shopping and elaborate preparation, they were able to create meals that made them feel human again.
In COOKING FOR GRACIE, each chapter uncovers a new stage of development in Keith’s daughter’s life and in his own life as a new dad. The poignant storytelling is peppered with more than forty recipes cooked both for his wife and for Gracie’s developing palate, including:
*Bruschetta with Cannellini Beans, Rosemary Oil, and Pan-Roasted Sweet Garlic
*Family-Style Roasted Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
*Spaghetti with Yellow Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Mint, and Pecorino
*Leek, Mushroom, and Thyme Tart
A critically acclaimed novelist, Keith Dixon reflects on food, parenting, and cooking with both humor and reverence, and shares the delicious, accessible parent- and family-friendly recipes he discovered along the way. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, COOKING FOR GRACIE is an irresistible and unforgettable story, for foodies and parents alike, of a family of three learning to find their way together.
KEITH DIXON has been on the staff of the New York Times for seventeen years. He is also the author of two novels: The Art of Losing—which received starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist and was named an “Editor’s Choice” by the Philadelphia Inquirer—and Ghostfires, named one of the five best first novels of 2004 by Poets & Writers magazine. He lives in New York with his wife, Jessica, and their daughters, Grace and Margot. Visit Keith on the Web at www.readkeithdixon.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK
COOKING FOR GRACIE: The Making of a Parent from Scratch
By Keith Dixon
Crown • Price: $22.00
On Sale: May 10, 2011 • ISBN 978-0-307-59187-6
For more information on the book and Keith Dixon, please contact:
Jill Browning, Crown Publicity, at 212-572-6182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.