26 September 2020

Weekend Cooking: 99 Things I Love to Eat, Illustrated by AnneliesDraws

Review of 99 Things I Love to EatI'm going to be brutally honest here: At first glance, I was only meh about the book I'm going to review today. But once I got into it and started thinking about it, I fell in love. So I ask you to take a moment to hear me out, because you too might be drawn in.

99 Things I love to Eat, illustrated by AnneliesDraws and published by Abrams Noterie (and given to me as part of the Abrams Dinner Party) is, as the subtitle says, "A Journal for Meals & Memories." The journal is set up as 99 prompts to help you record your food-related experiences, memories, bucket lists, and preferences. Some of the pages offer a blank space for you to draw or record your thoughts, as in #9: My Favorite After-School Snack. Others consist of lists, as in #13: My Favorite . . . , which then prompts you to fill in the blank after the words candy, pizza, cheese, and so on. Still others consist of checklists, such as #61: Classic Cocktails; you check off the ones you've tried and make note of the ones you still need to try.

I've already started filling out my journal, starting with the easier pages (such as #72: Where I Like to Shop for Food). As I looked through 99 Things I Love to Eat all I could think of is how much I wished my mother and my grandmothers were still alive. I would have LOVED to have gone through this book and recorded their favorite childhood snack, their most memorable meal, their favorite birthday cake. If you have elderly parents or grandparents, or if you're interested in family history, I urge you to set some food-related memories down in writing now! This book is a great guide.

Review of 99 Things I Love to Eat

On the other end of the spectrum, it could be fun to go through this journal with a child (or let your kid fill it out solo), perhaps one who is just about to get their own apartment, is newly engaged, or is moving in with their sweetheart. One of the other members of the Abrams Dinner Party is filling in some of the pages with copies of old family photos. What a super idea!

Recommendation: 99 Things I Love to Eat would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season, but I think it's the perfect foodie memory keeper for any time of the year. Fill it out alone or with a loved one. Add it to your family history archives. This journal is a total winner for me.

Shared with Weekend Cooking, hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader (and Baker)


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 9/26/20, 7:04 AM  

I can imagine so many people---those of us who enjoy reading foodie memoirs and foodie fiction and even cookbooks---who would love this book.

Marg 9/26/20, 7:29 AM  

What a fun idea, and it would make a great gift too.

Amanda 9/26/20, 7:43 AM  

When I saw the title, I thought this was going to be a photojournal memoir of sorts, which I thought was a neat idea. But I think I like this even more than my first thoughts, and I definitely think this is a good gift idea! I never would have heard of this and I definitely need to see if I can locate it at my local BN!

(Diane) bookchickdi 9/26/20, 8:32 AM  

What a wonderful idea to write down this information from your parents and grandparents- this would be such a great gift for families.

Jackie McGuinness 9/26/20, 9:35 AM  

It does sound like a great idea. I could also see it as a shower or hostess gift.
Funny, I don't remember ever having after school snacks, maybe that's why I don't snack to this day.

Mae Travels 9/26/20, 9:58 AM  

Dr. Seuss wrote a book called “My Book About Me” with prompts for kids, and it was fun for them.. So why not for us big people? Of course when I think about it, that’s what food blogging is for me. Just without the prompts.

be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

gluten Free A_Z Blog 9/26/20, 11:40 PM  

What a cute idea! Sounds like something to fill time during Covid for sure while we all seem to have more home time.

Les in Oregon 9/27/20, 2:51 PM  

What a great gift idea for Christmas!!

sherry fundin 9/28/20, 1:24 PM  

i agree...it would make a fun gift for any occasion
sherry @ fundinmental

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