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Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife: All the Dishes You'll Need to Make from the Day You Say "I Do" Until Death (or Divorce) Do You Part [Paperback]

Nava Atlas


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  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside Books; Original edition (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416580840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416580843
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,811,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute book, but this is NOT a cookbook 14 Sep 2009
By a2020 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a cute humor book written as a parody of a cookbook. Perhaps I should've looked a little closer, but from the VegNews review and product blurb I was expecting a vegan cookbook with a bit of humor - maybe like a vegetarian version of Amy Sedaris's entertaining book, with some adapted versions of the riotous '50s recipe booklets filled with casseroles and jello salads.. I'll have to keep waiting for somebody to write that. Instead, this is a humor book without any actual recipes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes for laughs 14 April 2009
By Cathe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was so much fun . . . from the recipe for Way Too Much On Your Plate (which I eat daily!) to the Soufflé of Fallen Expectations, Control Freak Cookies, Midlife Stress Stuffed Cabbage, and Sweet Cakes of Hope -- there are recipes to suit every mood and pallet. A departure from Atlas's healthy, vegetarian cookbooks--this is full of black humor, hideous fifties food pictures, and a laugh (or sometimes a cry) on every page.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun. 4 July 2009
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When the opportunity to review this little gem came, I wasn't sure what to expect. Was it really a recipe book? Was it a bash on marriage? I'm pleased to say it was, for the most part, a delight.

The subtitle says, "All the Dishes You'll Need to Make from the Day You Say 'I Do' Until Death (or Divorce) Do You Part". With recipes like, "Sweethearts Engagement Buffet" and "Way Too Much on Your Plate", Nava has a fun take on marriage. There was a bit more criticism of husbands than I like, but hidden in the snark and sarcasm are also little tidbits about the rewards of a good marriage.

The book is full of great retro 50s art and advertising. There is something in it for everyone: whether you're a newlywed, a tired mommy, heading for divorce, or married to a good man who is like corn and has traits like these--maturity, tenderness, consistency and endurance. A light, easy read, and while I have nothing to complain about in my marriage, or about my husband, I laughed my way through it.

My favorite recipe? "Happily-Ever-After Ambrosia".
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Recipes for Humor 13 April 2009
By Barbara McPhail - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nava Atlas has illuminated the very ingredients in our lives that both make us crazy and bring us to uproarious laughter at ourselves and our situations. Every individual in my family could find a recipe to identify with, and one to identify someone else with! Ingenious, witty and revealing, these recipes will last you through (or outlast) your family crises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Atlas serves up another savory morsel... 15 April 2009
By J. Goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this delectable skewering of the mid-20th-century fantasies of "happily ever after" that linger to this day, Ms. Atlas has brought to the table two of her greatest gifts: a fondness for food and a salty wit. The result? A fine fondue worthy of deep dipping! Grab a long-handled fork and enjoy!
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