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Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times    by Suzan Colon order for
Cherries in Winter
by Suzan Colon
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Doubleday, 2010 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Kelly Thunstrom

Cherries in Winter has as its subtitle, My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times. That should tell you everything you need to know about this wonderful book. As heartwarming a book as can be, reading this will make you feel like you can get through anything life throws at you. I began it going from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ on the ferry and finished it the same day on the ride back.

Colon has written a memoir from the heart. Beginning with her layoff, an event which has become all too familiar in this day and age, Colon intersperses stories about herself with stories about her beloved Nana. In between, the reader is treated to recipes from her grandmother's kitchen ... from meatloaf to potato salad. It is amusing how Colon at times tries to lighten up the recipe from using butter and lard back then to nonfat yogurt today. The message of the book is that family and food go together, they always will, and you can rely on both to get you through the hard times.

You will probably read this in one or two sittings. Treasure it, and know that sometimes you just have to use butter to get it right!

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