I was excited because 1) I haven't read a book in longer than I care to admit; 2) I love reading memoirs of food and family; and 3) I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes.
I have not finished reading My Fat Dad, only because of work hours. However, the first 149 pages have been gripping, entertaining, and emotional.
You see, Dawn's father was in the advertising business. Chances are you know many of his ads, as he was the brainchild behind famous slogans such as "This Bud's For You" and "Leggo My Eggo." He, like myself, tried every diet under the sun and experienced yo-yo weight loss/gain with his weight ranging anywhere from 175 pounds to 450 pounds.
The family endured all the crazy fad diets, with Dawn's mother eating canned tuna to cope with her father eating the flavor of the day. Fortunately, Dawn had a grandmother, like mine, who introduced her to the culinary world and helped her form a healthy relationship with food.
My Fat Dad touches upon subject matter that I can relate to on so many levels. Each chapter showcases a chapter in Dawn's life and includes recipes related to the story.
She details the trials and tribulations of growing up, moving away from her beloved grandmother, being separated from her mother and sister while they were on tour for two years, her dad's stay at the 'Fat Farm', and her experiences with a mother who felt "modern food came in a can, a box, or a foam take-out container."
One of the 'My Fat Dad' recipes that caught my eye was Peanut Butter Love - The Best Flourless Blondies. Long ago, I worked as cook at a health food store and the Executive Chef made a killer chocolate flourless torte that was to die-for.
No one knew it was flourless unless we told them. It was a great way to introduce "newbies" to healthy eating.
Before sharing the recipe, just let me say, My Fat Dad is worth the read. Fortunately, I have a 3-day weekend ahead and look forward to lounging on the sand at the beach and burying my head in this book.
MY FAT DAD GIVEAWAY
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Reprinted with permission from MY FAT DAD: A Memoir of Food, Love, Family, and Recipes By Dawn Lerman Berkley Books/2015
PEANUT BUTTER LOVE - THE BEST FLOURLESS BLONDIE
Yield: 12 squares
16 ounces natural, no sugar added, peanut butter (my tip: mix very well in the jar over the mixing bowl)
1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
1⁄2 cup original soy milk or nondairy milk of choice
1 ripe banana, mushed
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3⁄4 cup dark, semisweet chocolate chips
Butter or oil for greasing the pan
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2.In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, milk, and mushed banana. Mush it all up and combine well.
3. Mix in the beaten eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Mix together until well blended and smooth. Stir in half the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a well greased 8-inch square Pyrex dish. Scatter the remaining chips on top.
Bake for 55 minutes, checking after 15 minutes to make sure the edges do not get too brown. If the top looks very brown, cover with foil and bake for the remaining 40 minutes. Cool and serve.