When I first started reading the book, I had a hard time getting into Ms. Beecher's story. I kept trudging along. And it wasn't too long (by the second chapter if not sooner) I found myself laughing out loud and reading lines to my husband. Her stories were very relatable and I enjoyed them so much. After I got into the book, I couldn't put it down and finished it quickly.
My favorite part of the book was the recipes with the stories that accompanied them. I agree with Ms. Beecher that food is such a big memory in our lives. I know there are foods/meals/recipes in my life that are connected to times in my life I'll never forget. It inspires me to start documenting those things for my son.
From the publisher:
This summer, dig in to the new book that reminds us all that life doesn't need to be perfect to be delicious – MUFFINS & MAYHEM: RECIPES FOR A HAPPY (IF DISORDERLY) LIFE (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, June 1). Author Suzanne Beecher uses her quirky, homespun magic to take the reader through her tumultuous journey from her childhood in the very small town of Cuba City, WI to single, drug addicted, teenage mother to successful businesswoman, grandmother, and wife of her best friend. MUFFINS & MAYHEM is refreshingly humorous and honest, and a perfect summer read that celebrates food, friends, and family.
Suzanne Beecher has owned a restaurant, founded and published a business magazine, established a non-profit program to feed the homeless, and home-schooled her youngest son. She writes a daily column for DearReader.com and is a darling of the book club world designing email book clubs for publishers, booksellers, and libraries across the country. Over 350,000 participate in DearReader.com!
Suzanne's fans are already in the MUFFINS & MAYHEM spirit by getting together, reading her book, cooking her dishes, and sharing the recipes and stories that have helped keep them grounded in an unpredictable world. Below is more about the book.
In conjunction with the release of the book, Suzanne launched www.muffinsandmayhem.com, where visitors can create their very own Cookbook of Memories. On the site you can also sign up to receive a free, personalized and autographed bookplate from Suzanne.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It is a great read and quick too. I think it would be a great vacation book for this summer. I read it on our drive to Wichita, KS and back to OH one weekend. It's split into enough chapters that it was easy to put down when I needed to, yet I could pick it right up and be back in it with the next part of the story.
"Muffins & Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy – if Disorderly - Life" by Suzanne Beecher is available online and in stores now.
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