Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus

Recipes for Disaster

By Tess Rafferty


Recipes for Disaster

By Tess Rafferty


Between her book’s title and several statements in the introduction like Cookbooks should have a whole chapter on dealing with disappointment, Rafferty may trick readers into thinking she’s a comedy writer (TV’s The Soup) first and foremost before she reveals she’s equally talented in the kitchen. In this part entertaining manual, part memoir of the entertainment industry that will please entertainment junkies and foodies alike, Rafferty touches on the L.A. stand-up scene, her early exploration of which drew her attention to cooking out of pure necessity. She includes basic tips that no one ever tells you—choose one soda option for guests, don’t attempt a new recipe when you have a crowd to impress and a canon of tried and true favorites—and advice that seasoned entertainers will find useful. Recipes, from braised short ribs over polenta to apple pie (because store bought is for people who don’t love their boyfriends), come with conversational, detailed descriptions. Rafferty, who herself can’t have fruit or many vegetables, also includes tips for accommodating food allergies. –Annie Bostrom, Booklist

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