The kitchen is the heart of the home. So much of life is lived around the family table: we tell stories, review the day, pass on traditions, grieve our losses, resolve differences, introduce new loves and celebrate holidays. In the preparing and sharing of meals we create deep memories that we carry with us forever.
In the flavor of Chicken Soup for the Soul, here is a joyful collection of heartwarming stories accompanied by mouthwatering recipes. Seasoned with heartfelt blessings, this marvelous book will help you revisit time-honored values and foster the sharing of meaningful conversation--and new recipes--at mealtime.
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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
The Seat at the Head of the TableWe all have hometown appetites. Every other person is a bundle
I grew up in the Depression in three rooms behind my father's store in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Times were simple and our food even simpler. The word "gourmet" had not yet entered common parlance, and our total "pasta experience" was heating up a can of Franco-American Spaghetti. My mother's favorite meal was what she called New England Boiled Dinner -- throw everything in a pot and boil it. Our only seasonings were salt and pepper. We'd never heard of sage, let alone saffron. When I married Fred, a restaurant manager in New York, I had much to learn. "I hope you don't cook like your mother," he said on our honeymoon. "How else?" I thought to myself. Fred put me on an instant training program. When I served him hot dogs and baked beans on our first Saturday night, as I'd been brought up to do, he exclaimed, "Hot dogs belong in Yankee Stadium. I don't ever want to be served these beans again."
I left my New England heritage behind and quickly moved from tapioca pudding to Grand Marnier souffles. When my mother visited, I would prepare unusual gourmet treats, feeling it was my job to expand her culinary horizons.
During my mother's last years at a retirement hotel, she seemed to enjoy the bland food and simple surroundings. One day I asked her, "How do you like it here?" She replied, "This is the nicest place I have ever lived." I could hardly believe it! "Why?" I asked. "The first day I arrived," she said proudly, "they assigned me my seat in the dining room. They put me at the head of the table and gave me the only chair with arms on it."
Suddenly I realized that I had never put her at the head of the table or even cooked what she enjoyed. The next time I returned from a speaking trip I invited my mother over for the evening. I prepared a New England Boiled Dinner, seated her at the head of the table and gave her the only chair with arms on it.
While I was on my next trip, my mother passed away peacefully in the night and I realized I'd spent my life trying to train my mother instead of pleasing her. She had simple tastes and asked for so little, but it took me until the last month of her life to put her at the head of the table and give her the only chair with arms on it.
If you wish to be a blessing And do all that you are able, Find someone in need of a meal And seat them at the head of the table.Florence Littauer
Our Favorite New England Boiled Dinner
Tapioca Cream Dessert
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Book Description HCI, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1558743545
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