Recipes for Disaster


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Starting with the Thanksgiving turkey that never quite finishes cooking, then moving to the polenta that unceremoniously goes runny and the guests that arrive a day early—there is no topic Tess Rafferty fails to encounter, or hilariously recount. Recipes for Disaster is as though Bridget Jones wrote a culinary narrative—the most pristine of intentions slowly disappear, as does the wine along with any hope of a seamless and well-orchestrated dinner party.

Told with heart, humor, and honesty; this memoir goes beyond culinary catastrophe and heartwarmingly unveils the lengths we go to in order to please our family, friends, and ourselves—and proves that it’s not the food that counts, but the memories. Aptly timed for all the Thanksgiving chefs about to enter the holiday gauntlet, or the guests headed to their dinners—this is the perfect book to read and then savor.


What Goodreads users are saying about Recipes for Disaster:

Rafferty takes us to dinner (admittedly too high class for the likes of me), gets us drunk on good wine and leaves our sides cramped from laughing so hard. I’ve been a fan of The Soup for a long time and I really enjoyed this feel-good memoir.
Smart, funny, moving…and the recipes look easy and delicious. The last page of “How to Enjoy a Good Meal with Friends” was especially touching. I even wrote that passage down and posted where I can see it to remind me of what’s important in life…” to take time out to be a person”.


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