Cooking My Way through Life with Kids and Books
6 x 9, 316 pp.
45 photos. 160 recipes
Pub Date: 07/01/2009
Stars of Texas Series
Price:        $18.95


Published by State House Press

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Cooking My Way through Life with Kids and Books

By Judy Alter PhD

Recipe for a happy family:

Start with a lot of love.

Mix in some firm rules, respect, a willingness to share, and a willingness to listen.

Season with lots of laughter, more than a few pets, a lot of "extended family," and frequent meals together.

Stir and mix frequently. Gets better with age.

When good friend Sheila Taylor Wells said, half jokingly, "We should write a cookbook together," I took her seriously. I think she was probably dismayed at the time, for I immediately sat down and pounded out five thousand words about my childhood. For me, food is also about continuity—and change. I bring to the table today the recipes of my mother, still often used and some, I’m sure, from her mother. I bring a few from my ex-husband’s Jewish tradition. So my cooking preserves the past and carries it on for my children and grandchildren.

Experience the author's life through her personal stories laced with family recipes.  This untraditional cookbook includes over 160 recipes, from appetizers to desserts.


JUDY ALTER is the author of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and young readers, as well as an enthusiastic cook, blogger, and reader of mysteries. She has won awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, Western Writers of America, the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, and an Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement from WWA. Judy was named an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth in 1989 by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women (for Arts) and named one of the one hundred women, living and dead, who have left their mark on Texas by the

Judy is currently director of Texas Christian University Press in Fort Worth, a position she has held for twenty-two years. A single parent of four and grandmother of seven, she lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her Australian shepherd, Scooby, and her fluffy gray cat, wywy. Judy entertains frequently, always experimenting and looking for new dishes. Keep up with her at

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