Cooking for Gracie
The Making of a Parent from Scratch
By Keith Dixon
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307591883, 224pp.)
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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For years, Keith Dixon sustained himself through rough days by dreaming about lavish recipes he’d attempt when he got home—Thai curries, Indian raitas, Sichuan noodles. All that changed when his daughter, Gracie, was born. Keith and his wife adapted to life with a newborn as all parents do: walking around in a sleep-deprived haze, trying to bond with Gracie and meet her needs—all while fearing they would catastrophically fail in their new roles. Keith no longer had time to cook the way he once knew; he soon realized that if he wanted his family to eat well, he would have to learn to cook all over again.
Based on three popular New York Times articles and full of delicious, family-friendly recipes, Cooking for Gracie is a memoir of Gracie’s first year—as Keith discovers what it means to be a father, while holding on to what made him who he was before his daughter came along. It’s an irresistible and unforgettable story, for foodies and parents alike, of a family of three finding 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 “Editor’s Choice” by the Philadelphia Inquirer—and Ghostfires, named one of the five best first novels of 2004 by Poets & Writers magazine.
"Dixon confronts the hurdles [of fatherhood] humorously and honestly…Foodie dads and moms will love Dixon’s voice, and wish he were cooking at their house."
"Keith Dixon tells the unvarnished truth about cooking after a new baby arrives. There will be tears, kitchen disasters, and ruined naptimes, leavened with fleeting moments of joy. Luckily, Keith brings three secret weapons to the table: patience, humor, and mouthwatering recipes. Gracie is adorable, sure, but I'd be lying if I told you I didn't fantasize about shoving her aside to get some of her dad's homemade kung pao chicken."
--Matthew Amster-Burton, author of Hungry Monkey