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Weekend Cooking: Muffins and Mayhem

October 10, 2010

Things haven’t always been easy for Suzanne Beecher, but she’s always approached life with a positive, can-do attitude, so she’s been able to overcome most obstacles, or at least figure out a way to live with them.  After re-inventing herself several times, she found herself a little bored and decided to look for a new challenge.   She came up with the idea for the website Dear Reader and hasn’t looked back.

Muffins and Mayhem, by Suzanne Beecher, is subtitled Recipes for a Happy (if disorderly) Life and that pretty much sums up the book.  It’s a memoir of sorts, that includes recipes and some of Suzanne’s columns as well as stories from her life.  Suzanne’s story is told in a non-linear fashion and doesn’t really start until she’s an adult, but let me tell you, she’s had quite a life.  She’s scrappy, though – she never let anything get her down for very long.  I admire her ability to pick herself up and start all over again when she gets knocked down.   At several points in her life, a certain food meant something to her and she includes the recipes for those special dishes in this book – 38 in all, if I counted right.  (There is an index for the recipes in the front of the book.)

I enjoyed Muffins and Mayhem – it’s a sweet, pleasant and upbeat book.   There’s nothing earth shattering in it, and it probably won’t win any prizes, but it’s quiet and calm and will make readers reflect and appreciate the small things in life.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend.

Review copy provided by Meryl Moss Media.  I am an IndieboundAffiliate.
26 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2010 5:25 am

    I won this book, and I am saving it for when I need such a sweet, non-offending, stress-free read.

  2. October 10, 2010 7:54 am

    This one sounds cute, especially given all of the recipes in it.

  3. October 10, 2010 8:03 am

    So glad you enjoyed my book. Skunk Beans are one of my favorite recipes. They’re always on my holiday menu. Give ’em a try! And I invite you to sign up at my book clubs at http://www.DearReader.com Sample books and I bake for readers every month, too. It’s free, enjoy yourself.

  4. October 10, 2010 9:42 am

    OH, she intersperses recipes with memoirs. That’s a nice touch.

    It adds more to the feel of the book and going to take a peak at Suzanne’s site next.

    PS Have you finished The Gendarme??? Dying to hear what you thought…..Noticed you’re reading Water for Elephants, another great read.

  5. October 10, 2010 9:47 am

    It sound like a nice book.
    Not every book has to be earth shattering ..a book that can make us reflect, even a bit, is a good thing.

  6. October 10, 2010 10:02 am

    i have actually made recipes that i’ve read in books and am always on the lookout for new books that include recipes! i made cream puffs from a cozy mystery last year and would love to see what muffins and mayhem has to offer!

  7. October 10, 2010 10:52 am

    Every once in a while this is exactly the kind of book that I need to read. I will definitely add it to the list 🙂

  8. October 10, 2010 12:52 pm

    Quiet and calm and the small things are nice to read about sometimes…. lately for me it is really nice not to have heavy. Nice review. I will read this some time. Have a great week.

  9. October 10, 2010 1:50 pm

    This sounds like a fun read!

  10. October 10, 2010 2:20 pm

    I love memoirs that incorporate recipes, and this one sounds like it’s good on both fronts. I am going to have to check it out. You can never have too many of these types of books!

  11. October 10, 2010 3:14 pm

    I like books with recipes, or recipes with text, as I sometimes think of them!

  12. stacybuckeye permalink
    October 10, 2010 5:33 pm

    Looks like a comfort read and that is definitely what I’m in the mood for right now!

  13. October 10, 2010 5:46 pm

    Sounds as comforting as a cup of tea and a banana nut muffin! 🙂

  14. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 10, 2010 7:06 pm

    A while ago I won this book, but I’ve not yet read it. Glad you enjoyed it, Kathy.

  15. October 10, 2010 7:14 pm

    The book sounds like a charming afternoon read. I had no idea their was a Weekend Cooking, I shall need to remember that, thanks!

  16. October 10, 2010 7:21 pm

    Sweet pleasant reads are great after some heavy reads. Plus if it has recipes included, all the more better!

  17. October 10, 2010 7:49 pm

    A quiet, calm and reflective is good enough for me! Thanks for the review, Kathy. I know my mom would appreciate all the recipes. 🙂

  18. givingreadingachance permalink
    October 10, 2010 8:17 pm

    Hmmm, I can’t believe I haven’t eaten muffins in a very long time. 🙂
    This books is for me. I love the sound of this.

  19. October 10, 2010 8:56 pm

    I bet I would love this memoir — especially the connection of food with those memories.

  20. October 10, 2010 9:33 pm

    I like the sound of this one!!!

  21. October 11, 2010 12:13 am

    I thought this is “only” a cookbook. Love the idea of memoir with recipes.

  22. October 11, 2010 12:31 am

    I love Suzanne’s Dear Reader selections – my TBR list has grown horrendously because of her!

  23. October 11, 2010 9:34 am

    I need to find this book. I really like her website.

  24. October 11, 2010 11:52 am

    Sounds good to me. Thanks!

  25. October 11, 2010 7:11 pm

    I think my sister who is a personal chef would like this one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  26. October 12, 2010 6:15 am

    Muffins are something I can get behind! I’m a much better baker than chef. 🙂

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