Lily has always wanted to open a restaurant. For as long as I can remember she has talked about opening a restaurant and as she goes through her little life she collects recipes for her future culinary institution.
I’m not joking.. this is real. She plans and plots her foodie spot all the time.
I was sent a review copy of Jennifer Perillo’s new cookbook Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen. Lily and I sat on the couch and read through the beautiful pages. Jennifer’s story is inspiring. Always a cook, Jennifer Perillo lost her husband unexpectedly a few years ago. Cooking has proven to be a savior for her and her two girls. This cookbook is nothing short of a love story to her family, for her family, through the power of food.
Lily was moved and touched by this and found a connection with Jennifer and her daughters without ever meeting them. Each recipe in Homemade With Love opens with a little personal story and Lily loves picking the recipes based on the stories… which by the way… she now eats MUSHROOMS thanks to that Mushroom Bolognese recipe and story! Thanks J!
Jennifer Perillo encourages buying local, cooking from scratch and dining with family every chance we get.
If you follow Jennifer on her social media channels, you will see the commitment to this. her sweet dinners with her children every night inspires me…and she uses cloth napkins… i mean cloth napkins DAILY! . * note to self… get cloth napkins*
Those fine ladies over at KidzVUz invited Lily to COOK with Jennifer Perillo recently. Lily was THRILLED!! I mean here she is getting to cook with THE woman who wrote this cookbook she is so in love with.
So on a cool Saturday morning.. off we went.. to cooking school.
Jennifer could not have been more encouraging with Lily… and the whole class. They made chocolate cupcakes from scratch. Mixed the flour and cocoa and tasted the batter.. all of it.
At the end of the event, Lily was given her very own Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from in Jennies Kitchen and Jenni signed it for her.
Let me tell you it’s her MOST prized possessions these days. She was so proud to show this to Matt and tell her grandparents all about it.
It’s her own cookbook… just for her.
Jennifer Perillo’s cookbook Homemade with love- simple scratch cooking from in Jennie’s Kitchen is a gem of a book. You will fall in love with Jennie and will find yourself pouring over this book as if it were a novel.
Jennies’ story is beautiful and sad and uplifting. Her recipes are spot on… I have been following her for a year now and have really loved her food and the lifestyle she has created.
The recipes are easy enough for NON COOKING people like me.. but also have some for seasoned cooks. All in all it’s a back to basic lifestyle that we should all be a part of. The recipes are for everyday living and quick easy from scratch meals that are very tasty!
After Lily learned to make her cupcakes from scratch.. she declared that we are NEVER EVER going to make cupcakes from a box.. because REAL cookers don’t do that!
Jenny thanks for inspiring my little sweat pea!
Jennifer Perillo has worked at some of NYC’s top restaurants – Gramercy Tavern, and Alain Ducasse at The Essex house. Her recipes are award winning and are featured on foodnetwork.com, parenting.com and cuisinart.com. She is also the consulting food editor for Working Mother magazine. Check our her blog – In Jennie’s Kitchen.
Homemade with love- simple scratch cooking from in Jennie’s Kitchen – can be found at your local bookstore and amazon and anyplace books are sold. I think you should check it out.
* I was not paid for this post.*