Cooking together is “about time and connecting, so let the dish fail, but don’t give up on your kids or yourself,” Cheney writes. She drops other bits of advice before proceeding to the recipes: Set boundaries. Assign age-appropriate tasks. And don’t stress.
Recipes blend elements of her farm-to-table Pacific Northwest upbringing (Cheesy Pesto Pasta) with her husband’s Southern background (Fall-Off-the-Bones Ribs). Decadent treats balance the healthier stuff. And lessons in knife skills, potato-peeling, bread-kneading, and curing picky-eating are sprinkled throughout.