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Three Many Cooks

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

by Pam Anderson, Maggy Keet & Sharon Damelio

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Three Many Cooks by Pam Anderson, Maggy Keet & Sharon Damelio
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  • Published Apr 2015
    336 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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  • Laurin B. (Appleton, WI)
    Oh, What a Beautiful Book!
    This memoir from a former Cook's Illustrated test-kitchen cook and the two daughters she raised is truly a beautiful read! Three story tellers; one fluid point of view. "Is that even possible?", I thought at the outset, but now I know it's not only possible, but it is essay and memoir literature at its best!

    Great anecdotal retelling of real life events connecting these three women leading up to a luscious recipe is the formula here for suspense and intrigue - wondering how this story will lead to a dish I know I'll want to cook and then finding it impossible to eat that dish without recalling the warm story that lead me to that satisfying end point!

    A special treat is learning the back story of a true test-kitchen cook of a magazine I've adored, subscribed to and and learned from for years. That is certainly not the center of this graceful literary offering, but it is an unexpected payoff!

    Where will this book end up on my shelf - with my favorite cozy reads or my best go-to cookbooks? Firmly right in the middle, I would say!
  • Laurette A. (Rome, NY)
    Three Many Cooks is just right.
    This book was not only enjoyable to read, but the recipes shared by the authors are worthy of making...they provide a wide variety and none are too complicated. I loved the way they shared little bits and pieces of their lives with the readers too. I feel it's a very honest book and one you will remember not only for the recipes but for the family stories, long after you've put down your fork.
  • Debbie-Lyn C. (Kitty Hawk, NC)
    Three Many Cooks
    Three Many Cooks is full of life's philosophies in relation to food! My heart was touched when reading about another family who also wraps so many events around food, much as my family does. Especially memorable sections include bring your own food BYOF policy, "caring less about perfection and more about connection", "gift of thrift", "savior complex" . My copy of Three Many Cooks will become dogged eared as it is passed from family member to family member!
  • Robin N. (La Quinta, CA)
    A comfort food book and a cozy feeling read
    I really really enjoyed this book written by a cooking mom and her two cooking daughters. I loved the recipes but I equally loved the story of their lives growing up as sisters and as daughters. I am Episcopalian so I totally related to their upbringing and their relation to the church. The book is joyful, full of wonderful stories of growing up, sisterly tiffs and awkward moments. Multiple generations are featured and you wish you had such a warm and loving family. No family is perfect but you feel like you are right in the middle being a part of it. It's a family of sisters I would have liked (I am an only child). Some of the stories growing up are hilarious. And at the center of it all is the ritual of cooking glorious food and sharing in the prep and eating. Loved this book!
  • Shawna, (TX)
    Food, Family, & Memories
    If you enjoy a great recipe and a story to go with it, Three Many Cooks is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Book clubs with "foodies" would enjoy the discussion food plays in our lives - both for sustenance and it's ability to bind people through shared experiences. A feel good read that will have you thinking about your family's favorite meals.
  • Priscilla K. (San Antonio, TX)
    Three Many Cooks
    This book (and recipes) share the closeness of a mother and her two daughters in the kitchen. The kitchen is their main source of living - with family and friends. The recipes are good and simple. I don't agree with all their drinking because I'm a non-drinker but a glass of wine with dinner is okay but not more than that. The two girls, though they had sibling rivalry, grow up mature and great cooks which includes their participating husbands. Good book to read - simple and entertaining.
  • Janet S. (Terrace Park, OH)
    Wonderfully Delicious!
    First of all let me state that I love to cook and love browsing through cookbooks. However, I was unfamiliar with the Three Many Cooks assured I plan to become more familiar now.

    I loved all of the stories these women shared and the fun times and learnings they had in the kitchen. Could totally relate to the family events and the honing of what food was going to be cooked, served and enjoyed. Good friends and I do this same thing yearly.

    As a reader I felt like I was right there in their kitchens cooking and drinking along with them. Fun! And the recipes they shared was an extra bonus. I highly recommend this book!

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