Dee's Dishes

Dee's Dishes


Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food
156 Pages
Reviewed on 03/02/2017
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Author Biography

Denise Dwyer D'Errico is a poet, author, musician, wife, mother, and a seeker of her own truth. She has written and self-published a poetry collection entitled A Maze in Grace and contributed to Teaching with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College, edited by Valerie E. Frankel. Denise has over twenty years of experience as a liturgical musician, as cantor, piano accompanist, and music director of adult choirs, children's choirs, musicals, and handbell choirs. She is the composer of “Be Still,” a liturgical choral piece published by the leading church music publisher GIA. She has also provided piano, vocal, and music theory instruction for children and adults. She has spoken to audiences on parenting and autism awareness. Denise has particular interest in illustrating harmony among seemingly unrelated subjects. And she really loves crème brûlée.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Dee’s Dishes by Denise Dwyer D'Errico is a collection of recipes, but what makes the book unique is that there is a story to go with each recipe shared. The author blends culture, family, food, and music through her lip-smacking collection of dishes. These not-so-conventional yet delicious recipes make the book an enjoyable read and show readers that the world has many colors and flavors. Every story that goes with the recipes helps readers connect well with the collection and makes it one of those unique cook books. Some of the recipes are easy and simple and they will encourage children to also try their hand at cooking.

The book is refreshing and original and the author’s novel approach of linking the recipes up with the stories behind them gives the book color, an aesthetic touch, and creativity. While the recipes are simple and creative, the stories shared in the book are thought-provoking and insightful, and take readers right into the picture painted by the author. This is definitely not the usual cookbook one gets to read, and readers are going to love trying out Denise's recipes and reading through the personal stories she has shared.

The author’s diverse background, her experiences in life, and her environment have always made her mix things up and add unique colors and flavors to her recipes. It is a wonderful book that will take readers into the author’s life, and she gives readers a feeling of being united with her while sharing the uniqueness of her recipes. It's very well presented and the novel approach makes it a must-have for all those readers who love to try out new recipes.