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The Romney Family Table Cookbook by Ann Romney: Review
It’s called The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions, and it’s a beautiful book. Hardcover, big (10″ x 11″), and full of beautiful color photography, you might be tempted to leave it out on the coffee table in the living room when you’re not using it to cook from.
The book is much more than “just” a cookbook. You’ll learn a lot about the Romney family while reading the substantial amount of text.
- Ann Romney likes to make pancakes each Saturday as a tradition. The day after Mitt lost the presidential election, she made those pancakes, and they shared them with their staff.
- Ann’s dad built a beach house for the family when she was a child. He later moved it farther from shore, but even at that, it was eventually washed away.
- Mitt’s parents were quite devoted to their grandkids. When a group of the grandkids were around 11 or 12, they took them on a 2-3 week driving vacation around the Western US. They took five of these trips to cover all the grandkids.
- Mitt’s favorite pie? Rhubarb — but not with strawberries; cooked strawberries are “too squishy” :).
You’ll read about those tales and many more in this book. It was truly fun to read! And even when you’re tempted to feel a bit jealous of Ann and her life (“warm thanks to my friend Oscar de la Renta for so generously offering his exquisite new line of tableware to use in the food photography” — we should all be so blessed), you’re brought back to earth by her down-to-earth manner (she recalls her days as a mom of 5 young boys, with no housekeeper or cleaning lady). The Romneys truly come across as the family we’d all like to have, discussing issues over dinner together each night, making ice cream with the always-loving relatives, and acting out Bible stories for weekly family nights.
I made Ann’s recipe for Summer Curried Chicken Salad on her Honey Wheat Bread. Both were really delicious! (you’ll have to excuse my photography as Oscar de la Renta wasn’t returning my calls requesting china).
Several other recipes look interesting as well, and I found myself reading the book and taking notes on things I wanted to try. There are some I’d deem “too fancy” for my family’s tastes, but there are many that are great for a family with kids (remember, Ann raised 5 boys). And lest you think Ann is capitalizing on this opportunity for her own enrichment, think again: all proceeds will go to the Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
I think anyone would enjoy this book, both for the recipes and for the traditions included.