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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND FOOD NETWORK “No matter the recipe, each of us changes a dish by our own preparation of it. It’s the same with stories—once you NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND FOOD NETWORK “No matter the recipe, each of us changes a dish by our own preparation of it. It’s the same with stories—once you put them out there, readers get to interpret them and be affected by them as they will. Ultimately, it’s my hope that this book leaves the reader with that quiet smile we all get after we eat a favorite comfort food. Basically, I’m going for the afterglow of a big bowl of spaghetti.”—from the Introduction As her fiftieth birthday approached, the woman who taught America how to get dinner on the table, fast, started thinking not just about what to cook that night, but how her passion for food and feeding people had developed over her first fifty years. Filled with twenty-five thoughtful essays and 125 delicious recipes, Rachael Ray 50 reads like a memoir and a cookbook at once. Captured here are the moments and dishes Rachael finds most special, the ones she makes in her own home and that you won’t find on her television shows or in her magazine. Here are the memories that made her laugh out loud, or made her teary. The result is a collection that offers the perfect blend of kitchen and life wisdom, including thoughts on how we can all better serve the world and one another. Also featured within these pages are gorgeous food photography, personal photos, and Rachael’s own hand-drawn illustrations, offering a revealing and intimate glimpse into her world and her every day inspiration.


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND FOOD NETWORK “No matter the recipe, each of us changes a dish by our own preparation of it. It’s the same with stories—once you NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND FOOD NETWORK “No matter the recipe, each of us changes a dish by our own preparation of it. It’s the same with stories—once you put them out there, readers get to interpret them and be affected by them as they will. Ultimately, it’s my hope that this book leaves the reader with that quiet smile we all get after we eat a favorite comfort food. Basically, I’m going for the afterglow of a big bowl of spaghetti.”—from the Introduction As her fiftieth birthday approached, the woman who taught America how to get dinner on the table, fast, started thinking not just about what to cook that night, but how her passion for food and feeding people had developed over her first fifty years. Filled with twenty-five thoughtful essays and 125 delicious recipes, Rachael Ray 50 reads like a memoir and a cookbook at once. Captured here are the moments and dishes Rachael finds most special, the ones she makes in her own home and that you won’t find on her television shows or in her magazine. Here are the memories that made her laugh out loud, or made her teary. The result is a collection that offers the perfect blend of kitchen and life wisdom, including thoughts on how we can all better serve the world and one another. Also featured within these pages are gorgeous food photography, personal photos, and Rachael’s own hand-drawn illustrations, offering a revealing and intimate glimpse into her world and her every day inspiration.

30 review for Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    She eats, lives and breaths a fabulous life, loved all her personal stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I wanted to read this book because I thought it would be more of a memoir than a cook. She says in the intro that it’s not a memoir, and it’s not really. There are a lot of recipes, but at the start of each chapter she does have an essay, so you do get to learn a bit about her. I don’t cook so I didn’t pay much attention to the recipes, but they looked yummy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    Loved this book. From the commentary, the pictures,and the recipes, what's not to love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryle

    I gave this book 4 stars mostly for the memories she wrote about. There is not one recipe in this book that I wanted to try, but her life story was interesting. America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. “No matter the recipe, each of us changes a dish by our own preparation of it. It’s the same with stories—once you put them out there, readers get to interpret them and be affected I gave this book 4 stars mostly for the memories she wrote about. There is not one recipe in this book that I wanted to try, but her life story was interesting. America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. “No matter the recipe, each of us changes a dish by our own preparation of it. It’s the same with stories—once you put them out there, readers get to interpret them and be affected by them as they will. Ultimately, it’s my hope that this book leaves the reader with that quiet smile we all get after we eat a favorite comfort food. Basically, I’m going for the afterglow of a big bowl of spaghetti.”—from the Introduction As her fiftieth birthday approached, the woman who taught America how to get dinner on the table, fast, started thinking not just about what to cook that night, but how her passion for food and feeding people had developed over her first fifty years. Filled with twenty-five thoughtful essays and 125 delicious recipes, Rachael Ray 50 reads like a memoir and a cookbook at once. Captured here are the moments and dishes Rachael finds most special, the ones she makes in her own home and that you won’t find on her television shows or in her magazine. Here are the memories that made her laugh out loud, or made her teary. The result is a collection that offers the perfect blend of kitchen and life wisdom, including thoughts on how we can all better serve the world and one another. Also featured within these pages are gorgeous food photography, personal photos, and Rachael’s own hand-drawn illustrations, offering a revealing and intimate glimpse into her world and her every day inspiration.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    This was a much better cookbook than I thought it would be. I watched Rachael Ray in the early days of her "30 Minute Meals" and "40 Dollars a Day" television shows on the Food Network but never tuned in to her talk show. That all said, I enjoyed reading this cookbook. I enjoyed the essays she wrote in between the chapters about her family traditions, her travels (especially to Italy) and how she and her husband spend their down time at their cabin in the woods and apartment in the East Village This was a much better cookbook than I thought it would be. I watched Rachael Ray in the early days of her "30 Minute Meals" and "40 Dollars a Day" television shows on the Food Network but never tuned in to her talk show. That all said, I enjoyed reading this cookbook. I enjoyed the essays she wrote in between the chapters about her family traditions, her travels (especially to Italy) and how she and her husband spend their down time at their cabin in the woods and apartment in the East Village of New York City. I found about 15 recipes I flagged to copy for my own recipe folder.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Rowlands Talcott

    I wanted this cookbook because i was really interested in the stories that went with her recipes. The stories are 5 stars the recipes unlike her other cookbooks probably wont make it to my table. Too many Ingredients that my kiddos won’t eat. Still enjoyed the read and did book mark some to try.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Wish she would bring her 30-minute meals back...or at least your them on Netflix so I can rewatch them all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I LOVED this book. I loved reading Rachael’s essays. I have loved and respected her from the beginning of her 30 Minute Meal days. This book felt like having a conversation with her.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    I was so excited to win this as a giveaway! I received a paperback version. I will probably not upgrade to hardcover unless some/more/better pictures and information are added on some dishes and ingredients, but I will definitely not part with the paperback. I’ll just make notes in the margins and make it my own. First impression: All in all, a solid recipe book with great, heartwarming stories centered on family and tradition. Never having really watched or read much Rachael Ray before, this boo I was so excited to win this as a giveaway! I received a paperback version. I will probably not upgrade to hardcover unless some/more/better pictures and information are added on some dishes and ingredients, but I will definitely not part with the paperback. I’ll just make notes in the margins and make it my own. First impression: All in all, a solid recipe book with great, heartwarming stories centered on family and tradition. Never having really watched or read much Rachael Ray before, this book seems like a great introduction. So many good, classic, Italian-style recipes, some I don’t have family recipes for, and many with a twist or two from what I’m used to! I really love the dishes she chose to include. I see myself trying many of these— if not the whole recipe, at least some of the ingredients or methods as tweaks in my own cooking. Her recipes also look full of flavor. There’s a little bit of everything, from main meals to sides to snacks and desserts to holiday meal plan suggestions to drinks. Even a mini chapter with a few recipes for the pups, like “Muttballs.” All super useful! Mostly, the recipes had familiar ingredients. However, there were a few unfamiliar ones with no accompanying note. For example, the very first two recipes have Cubanelle peppers and field peppers as ingredients... what are these and where do I find them? The third recipe in the book mentioned Branzino, which I needed to look it up. (It’s a European bass fish.) Later, “Calabrian” chili paste. Hmmm... sounds imported? My dad’s fam is from there, so it sounds intriguing. Maybe I can get it on Amazon or get away with a substitute? And what exactly is “white peasant-style bread”? I’m assuming a hearty, homemade variety? Also, aquafaba (chickpea mayo)? I could go on. I’m sure I can figure these things out, or find substitutes, if not the ingredients themselves, but the book leaves that all on me, the reader, to interpret and research. Which means I might botch an otherwise phenomenal dish because I’m doing it wrong. Editor much? There were also some editing issues that stood out to me related to photos. The book opens with a few full-page colored photos of prepared dishes. These are each labeled, but they include no page numbers to the corresponding recipes. These pages are followed by a few pages of black and white small photos, gallery style, all unlabeled. I assume these are prepared recipes within the book, but have no clue which ones. They didn’t seem to match up to anything, on first look. Then, many recipes within the book have no photo. Every few pages, one is accompanied by a black and white photo, but the weird thing with that is that all the full-page colored photos at the front of the book are repeated with black and white photos within the book. These duplicate photos seem like a waste of space. Why not refer to the color photo for that recipe and use that space instead for one of the many recipes that need a photo? I would have loved all colored photos. Black and white photos just don’t make anything look interesting. Maybe the hardcover is in full color? Or maybe my book is like this because it’s an advanced copy? Tech writer nit-pickiness aside, I am sure this book is a keeper. I can’t wait to really dig in and use it. I’ll come back to update once I cook a few things from it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    Rachael Ray's "50", despite Ray insisting it's not a memoir, is as close to a good one as it can get. Each chapter is filled with personal anecdotes from the beginnings of her start to an empire, to behind-the-scenes access, to family and marriage, to celebrating her age with poise. And she does get to those rumors of feuds with other domestic divas like Martha Stewart and Gwenyth Paltrow (the lowdown: nothing but love, even if side eye is thrown in her direction. There's room for everyone). Rach Rachael Ray's "50", despite Ray insisting it's not a memoir, is as close to a good one as it can get. Each chapter is filled with personal anecdotes from the beginnings of her start to an empire, to behind-the-scenes access, to family and marriage, to celebrating her age with poise. And she does get to those rumors of feuds with other domestic divas like Martha Stewart and Gwenyth Paltrow (the lowdown: nothing but love, even if side eye is thrown in her direction. There's room for everyone). Rachael Ray is what you call "down home"; saying she's a 'cook' and not a 'chef'. Her meals are best served at get togethers (even if it's just one other person) and require little fanciness. True hospitality is about the act of breaking bread, not shining so bright with the meal that everything else is shaded out. Which is what this book truly is about. I love all the stories in here, the recipes of course, the photography and direction. My favorite part is Chapter 8 in the Family section of the book titled "They Lived Happily (and Loudly) Ever After" about Ray and her husband John. She dishes on everything (pun intended) and it was just very heartwarming and funny. He tells her at one point "You're so...ert", rather than being "inert", and "ERT" is now their shorthand for 'I love you'. I love these oversized cookbooks with accessible recipes because as much as I love cooking, rarely does it love me back. So the more simple the better. And sometimes it's just nice to see how it all comes together on the page and with a few good stories that make everything worth it. Just like in life. On a side note, the Rachel Ray magazine is ending its monthly run! It will now be quarterly. I'll miss it. It's the end of an era. I love the conversational tone of everything (even in the recipe directions). Great photos, and a nice coffee table book if you won't necessarily use it for recipes. "Every day we wake up is another opportunity to grow, to try something new, to become something more". - Rachael Ray.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lynn

    I have been a fan of Rachael Ray's cookbooks since my mother gifted me with her 2,4,6,8 cookbook when I was seventeen after I had asked for a cookbook for Christmas. Her recipes have always seemed so creative and looked so beautiful. When I finally started cooking her food too, I fell in love with so many of her recipes and acquired another 3 or 4 of her cookbooks. Now in my 30s, I have a few of my favorites of her recipe collection in my family's regular menu rotation and they are always a hit I have been a fan of Rachael Ray's cookbooks since my mother gifted me with her 2,4,6,8 cookbook when I was seventeen after I had asked for a cookbook for Christmas. Her recipes have always seemed so creative and looked so beautiful. When I finally started cooking her food too, I fell in love with so many of her recipes and acquired another 3 or 4 of her cookbooks. Now in my 30s, I have a few of my favorites of her recipe collection in my family's regular menu rotation and they are always a hit with my family and friends. 50 is a real treasure. 14 years after my mom gifted me that first cookbook, she gifted me this piece for Christmas this year. I read every page, took in every beautiful food picture. Ray says in the beginning that 50 is not a memoir, but a smattering of essays and recipes. There was such a beautiful intimacy and sincerity on every page. Each recipe feels so lovingly curated. These are not the normal Rachael Ray recipes I have added to my culinary toolbox, but special, slow recipes that are meant to be prepared and shared with love for the people you love. I look forward to carving out time to cook my way through many of these recipes and prepare them for my loved ones.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway! I received a hardcover full color copy. I'm thinking a few of the previous reviews received unfinished ARCs or something similar. The book is beautiful and set up really nicely! It's a hefty hardcover with thick matte pages and color photography. There are pictures for a lot of the recipes, but not all. The way the book is set up, there are collections of essays followed by recipes that relate to them in some way. I really enjoyed reading some of Rac I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway! I received a hardcover full color copy. I'm thinking a few of the previous reviews received unfinished ARCs or something similar. The book is beautiful and set up really nicely! It's a hefty hardcover with thick matte pages and color photography. There are pictures for a lot of the recipes, but not all. The way the book is set up, there are collections of essays followed by recipes that relate to them in some way. I really enjoyed reading some of Rachael's essays. Her reflections of her life and her history are interesting and entertaining to read, especially if you like her already or are familiar with parts of her life or her TV personality. The recipes themselves look great and have a lot of variety, however they are definitely aimed at moderate to advanced cooks. I, unfortunately, am a beginner in the kitchen and most of the recipes in the book were kind of intimidating for me. They also call for a lot of ingredients that would be harder to find (at least around here) or expensive. Hopefully I'll try a recipe or two, but it's not a book I would use as a cookbook until my cooking skills improved.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was never a huge follower of Rachael Ray, but she always seemed down to earth and approachable. I also liked that she didn't have children and was unapologetic about it. As someone who is childfree by choice I'm always on the lookout for other childfree people out there. This book was half memoir/essays and half recipes. Each chapter starts with a personal essay - some are about her and some are about other people who shaped her life - then there are a few recipes that correspond to that perso I was never a huge follower of Rachael Ray, but she always seemed down to earth and approachable. I also liked that she didn't have children and was unapologetic about it. As someone who is childfree by choice I'm always on the lookout for other childfree people out there. This book was half memoir/essays and half recipes. Each chapter starts with a personal essay - some are about her and some are about other people who shaped her life - then there are a few recipes that correspond to that person or time period of her life. All of the chapters are divided into three categories - family, friends, and work. There are some funny stories and some heartwarming ones and lots of recipes that look amazing. I was super impressed that she keeps separate notebooks for recipes - ones for work, ones for personal/at home cooking, etc. I also loved the copies of her notebook pages on the inside covers of the book. I am also someone who still needs to write things down and loves a good list. Overall, it was an interesting collection of essays and recipes from Rachel Ray to celebrate her first 50 years.

  14. 4 out of 5

    T

    3.5 stars. Yes, I am back on my *ish about the lack of pictures of the finished dishes. There are some but I’m one of those weirdos who needs to see pictures of all. I’m cool with this. I’ve accepted this about myself. This isn’t the first time I’ve dinged a cookbook with this critique (see Antoni’s cookbook) or praised a book because it was pictures galore (see Jose Andres “Vegetables Unleashed). Another caveat is that I have NOT prepared any of the recipes so I can’t speak to if they’re hits or 3.5 stars. Yes, I am back on my *ish about the lack of pictures of the finished dishes. There are some but I’m one of those weirdos who needs to see pictures of all. I’m cool with this. I’ve accepted this about myself. This isn’t the first time I’ve dinged a cookbook with this critique (see Antoni’s cookbook) or praised a book because it was pictures galore (see Jose Andres “Vegetables Unleashed). Another caveat is that I have NOT prepared any of the recipes so I can’t speak to if they’re hits or misses. However, as I borrowed the ebook version from my library, I am considering purchasing a physical copy because enough of the recipes (yes, even those without pictures) looked like dishes I’d like to incorporate into my recipe rotation. Recipes aside, the various stories and vignettes that Rachael shares throughout this book are fascinating reads for anyone who likes her either as a personality or as a cook.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a really fun, great book. I'm lukewarm to her food generally, but love Ray's energy and warmth. And that's abundant here, in this book filled with personal essays and recipes inspired by her past, family and friends. It's not a traditional memoir, but you do learn a lot about the author in these short, personal essays. She really is a positive person, and most of the essays are warm and fuzzy. She also addresses some rumors that have been spread throughout her career, and is quite funny. This was a really fun, great book. I'm lukewarm to her food generally, but love Ray's energy and warmth. And that's abundant here, in this book filled with personal essays and recipes inspired by her past, family and friends. It's not a traditional memoir, but you do learn a lot about the author in these short, personal essays. She really is a positive person, and most of the essays are warm and fuzzy. She also addresses some rumors that have been spread throughout her career, and is quite funny. Her husband has contributed a lot of cocktail recipes, which are refreshing and creative. The recipes in the book, heavily Italian-influenced, are not typical of Ray in the sense that they're longer, not necessarily everyday recipes. A lot of them are for special occasions, but the backstories behind them are great and there are lots of photos. This is a great chronicle of Ray's first fifty years, and it's a good book if you're a fan or have followed her career.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    Rachael Ray is the reason I can cook anything. So she has always been special to me. I use to watch her show all the time. I’ve had most of her cookbooks at one time or another. This book is a fun glimpse at her life. She writes an essay about a part of her life (25) and follows it with recipes from that story (125). The recipes are more complex than her usual “30-minute meal” style but sound amazing. The essays are really repetitive, there’s a lot of name dropping and almost lists of her accomp Rachael Ray is the reason I can cook anything. So she has always been special to me. I use to watch her show all the time. I’ve had most of her cookbooks at one time or another. This book is a fun glimpse at her life. She writes an essay about a part of her life (25) and follows it with recipes from that story (125). The recipes are more complex than her usual “30-minute meal” style but sound amazing. The essays are really repetitive, there’s a lot of name dropping and almost lists of her accomplishments, I skimmed through several. But there’s no doubt she is a very generous person, with her time and her money, and this gives you an idea just how much so. She’s accomplished a lot and experienced a lot of really neat things. It was a pleasure to read about some of her experiences through her eyes. Highly recommend for any RR fan.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    Reading as many Goodreads Choice Nominees as I can. Throughout the years, my opinion about Rachael Ray has gone back and forth a lot. I've settled into appreciating what she does but not actively seeking out her content. Similarly, I appreciate what she was going for here, and I think fans of hers would love it. This book is a tribute to her 50th birthday and all of the things that led up to it. The recipes are interspersed with short essays about different times/aspects of her life, which I can' Reading as many Goodreads Choice Nominees as I can. Throughout the years, my opinion about Rachael Ray has gone back and forth a lot. I've settled into appreciating what she does but not actively seeking out her content. Similarly, I appreciate what she was going for here, and I think fans of hers would love it. This book is a tribute to her 50th birthday and all of the things that led up to it. The recipes are interspersed with short essays about different times/aspects of her life, which I can't say I diligently read word for word. Being a self-proclaimed "cook, not a chef" I think she does a good job and empowering readers/homecooks and making them feel like they can also make nice food like she does 3.5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina Arkoff

    I have followed Rachael Ray for years - both by watching her show and making her recipes. This book is basically a tribute to all those who shaped her life over the past 50 years, intertwined with more of her recipes, all written with much obvious love. Reading this memoir (even though she doesn't want to call it that) is like sharing a conversation with your BFF - warm, intimate, and revealing the fact that what you see on TV is the real Rachael. She is down to earth, humble, and loving. My onl I have followed Rachael Ray for years - both by watching her show and making her recipes. This book is basically a tribute to all those who shaped her life over the past 50 years, intertwined with more of her recipes, all written with much obvious love. Reading this memoir (even though she doesn't want to call it that) is like sharing a conversation with your BFF - warm, intimate, and revealing the fact that what you see on TV is the real Rachael. She is down to earth, humble, and loving. My only criticism is that many of the included recipes appear to be much more involved and time consuming than those in her previous cookbooks. All in all, a treat for Racael fans!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hermann (Hubbell)

    I love Rachael Ray basically because she ignited an interest and excitement in me to try out my hand at cooking. I watch her show only occasionally and she mentioned her new cookbook/memoir. Received it as a gift and I truly enjoyed reading it and understanding her background and her anecdotes were funny and impressive. I bookmarked about 15-20 recipes that I’ll 100% make at least once. Hopefully a few become family favorites. I’d highly recommend this book to someone who watches her show and wo I love Rachael Ray basically because she ignited an interest and excitement in me to try out my hand at cooking. I watch her show only occasionally and she mentioned her new cookbook/memoir. Received it as a gift and I truly enjoyed reading it and understanding her background and her anecdotes were funny and impressive. I bookmarked about 15-20 recipes that I’ll 100% make at least once. Hopefully a few become family favorites. I’d highly recommend this book to someone who watches her show and would like to get more of a glimpse into her life. It really humanized her and I can’t wait to try out these recipes!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    Really love Rachael Ray - and have for years! I couldn't give the book 5 stars because I wanted much more! But that aside, I felt each photo should have an caption and they didn't always - so I wasn't always sure exactly what the photo was showing. However, the stories themselves were lovely and real - as I've always found Rachael Ray to be - the real deal. And now finding out just how much she contributes to making the world a better place for children and animals - she went even higher up in m Really love Rachael Ray - and have for years! I couldn't give the book 5 stars because I wanted much more! But that aside, I felt each photo should have an caption and they didn't always - so I wasn't always sure exactly what the photo was showing. However, the stories themselves were lovely and real - as I've always found Rachael Ray to be - the real deal. And now finding out just how much she contributes to making the world a better place for children and animals - she went even higher up in my esteem. The world needs more lovely people like Rachael Ray!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Sue

    I rarely give 5 star reviews and I wasn't a huge Rachael Ray fan before this book. But I love hard workers. I love dog people. I love recipe books. I love people who give back. The essays were entertaining. From ice cream boobs to why Nixon was her favorite, I was entertained. What took it to 5 stars was the beautiful birthday cake for her 13 year old pit bull. I will make the recipe and my family of dogs will give it 5 stars too! Oh and the majority of recipes are for people and they look good I rarely give 5 star reviews and I wasn't a huge Rachael Ray fan before this book. But I love hard workers. I love dog people. I love recipe books. I love people who give back. The essays were entertaining. From ice cream boobs to why Nixon was her favorite, I was entertained. What took it to 5 stars was the beautiful birthday cake for her 13 year old pit bull. I will make the recipe and my family of dogs will give it 5 stars too! Oh and the majority of recipes are for people and they look good too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    If you're a fan of Rachael Ray, you will love this cookbook/memoir, which presents recipes alongside essays discussing her life and loves (food, her husband, celebrities, etc). As far as the recipes go, there are no surprises or innovations, just (mostly Italian) standards like Osso Bucco, lots of pasta dishes like Carbonara and Bolognese. Nothing you can't find on AllRecipes.com. But again, if you're a die-hard fan you'll enjoy this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John

    Rachael Ray at her culinary best! This wonderful work continues in the vein that made her famous, wonderful recipes yet easy to follow. Everything about this book is interesting. Let’s be fair, this is much more than a cookbook! The memories are informative, and interesting to read. But, for me Rachael Ray is first and foremost about food. Therefore this book is all about the recipes for me. And, they live up to all my expectations when thinking of her. Bottom line... great book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Rachael Ray's portrayal of her "sweet and savory life" is one in which you feel like you're at her table having a friendly conversation as she tells stories of how her life has been shaped all while sharing a cup of coffee. Food, obviously, is the spotlight; however, the meaning behind her desire to be the best cook she can be comes through brilliantly. Nothing pretentious about her hard-earned fame.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ady

    Rachael Ray fans will love this! I liked this cookbook. Basically, Rachael turned 50 and decided to take inventory of her life and the recipes that accompanied it. Part memoir, part recipe book, and part journal; this is an interesting book and will appeal a lot to her fan base. I, personally, share her favorite four letter words and felt like she was easy to relate to.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Tornello

    I really enjoyed Rachael's essays about her life. I also liked all the photos of her life and the gorgeous photos of the food. She seems more like your friend than a celebrity. The recipes are mostly classic Italian food. While they sound good, I don't have time to make most of them on weeknights. I will save this cookbook for special occasions.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaycee Welke

    Two people taught me to cook in my life--my mom and Rachael Ray! In my first years of marriage I obsessively watched many episodes of 30 Minute Meals and learned a lottttt. I thoroughly enjoyed many of the stories in this book--many were so funny and heartwarming. The recipes also look amazing and I may have drooled on a picture or two! If you're a fan, don't miss this one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Gabriele

    I enjoyed reading her essays. It gave you quite a glimpse into her life and they sounded authentic. As for the recipes,most of them were not something I would try to make. I wish she had more simple recipes. It's not a book I would run out and buy myself unless you really love her cooking,but I enjoyed reading it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was my read a little in bed each night before dozing off book. I enjoyed it & would like to eat several of her creations, but not planning to go to the effort of buying the ingredients for just me & my husband. I did thoroughly enjoy the memories she shared at the beginning of each section. I would have liked more memories & fewer recipes. This was my read a little in bed each night before dozing off book. I enjoyed it & would like to eat several of her creations, but not planning to go to the effort of buying the ingredients for just me & my husband. I did thoroughly enjoy the memories she shared at the beginning of each section. I would have liked more memories & fewer recipes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dolores

    Thank Goodreads and Ballantine for the advance readers copy I won. Loved reading her stories about her family. Can't wait to try the recipes in the book...the pictures make them all look so delicious.

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