Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Nook: Life Through Lasagna Eyes

When life throws you lemons, make something delicious. Samantha Kendall, author of Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life, uses her own journey of how she rebounded from heartbreak and tragedy to help others find their passion.  The book – vibrant, heartfelt, and hilarious – features recipes to live by as Sam shares her pain and humor.

"Life is like lasagna – layers and layers,” says Kendall.  "The layers are filled with love, humor, joy, laughter, and tears … each serving its purpose in the recipes of life.”

I had a chance to review the book, and it was inspiring. Sam has a good ability to weave humor and heartbreak together to make readers empathize with her struggles, but come away feeling inspired about overcoming obstacles. The food theme is one that can resonate with everyone, whether an avid cook or just someone who enjoys quality food, and it's a good frame around which to write.

Meet Samantha Kendall, a.k.a. the "Lasagna Lady” of Chicago and founder of Sam's Gourmet Lasagna.  Kendall's passion for keeping her family healthy resulted in a variety of recipes using the same layering technique of her children's favorite meal – lasagna.  Now the "Lasagna Lady” takes layering her family's favorite ingredients to a new level in the first of her Life Through Lasagna Eyes book series. In addition to being a talented chef, entrepreneur, and author, Kendall is also a motivational speaker.

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