A few notes on Time for Dinner — besides the fact that it was selected as a favorite cookbook of the year by Bon Appetit, and besides the fact that you are all scooping up multiple copies to give as gifts for all your parent friends. I want to talk about the New York Times including TFD in their special Holiday Books Round-up yesterday, specifically this part of the review (by Christine Muhlke) that, I think, totally nailed it.
The lack of preciousness was a plus. So were all the pictures, since, my friend said, “you usually have half a minute to think about what to cook at 6:30 while your kid is crying and it’s really already too late to start cooking dinner, but you feel bad that you’re serving pasta with butter the fifth day in a row.” She shouldn’t worry. As the editors write, “If there’s food on the table and everyone is eating it, call it dinner.” Now say grace.