Zuzubean Press is excited to announce our latest release
Scottie Jeanette Madden
"RECKLASS IN THE KITCHEN"
a year of light, laughter & love... oh, and food!
"Love," as Mrs. Madden writes, "is the most important ingredient - and the specific flavor of that love as you hold someone in your heart while you cook for them, makes that dish particularly special." With this as the central core of the Madden home, Scottie Jeanette describes the "Recklass Kitchen" (a philosophy, strategy, and religion all rolled into one) through a year of dinner parties & holiday celebrations (with both unique spins on classic recipes and bold, inventive dishes) from the home of one of the greatest love stories ever lived. Mrs. Madden lays it all out in 13 months of menus and recipes that run from elegant holiday treats and dinners to backyard bar-b-ques and everything in between, with humor, warmth and the accompanying pathos of life. Scottie Jeanette's passion and relentless self-examination is both inspiring and surprising. She faces some of life's biggest challenges like all everyday cooks do — by keeping the plates and dishes spinning with grace... because real life doesn't stop just because it's time to feed your family.
Early Praise for "Recklass in the Kitchen"
In her no-holds-barred, wonderfully candid way, Scottie Jeanette delivers yet another openly raw and beautiful testimonial to her life and love. This time using food as her vehicle, she shares the story of her true love with her wife Marcy, and the last year they got to spend together, in a most heartbreaking and truly magical way. With a sense of humor and a lightheartedness surrounding the more difficult topics of life and death, Scottie brings the readers straight into her home and kitchen, invites them to grab a seat at her table, and makes them feel like they are a part of the family. It’s a cookbook with a heart, full of recipes I know I’ll be adapting for my own kitchen, but it’s also so much more...a story of passion, compassion, and unconditional, beautifully “recklass” love.
-Mary Beth Eversole
Actress, Writer, Creator Of Allergy Actress Cooking
Recklass in the Kitchen is so much more than a cookbook. Scottie writes like she cooks—with equal parts of style, honesty, drama and whimsy. She bares her soul in the kitchen and on the page, sometimes hilariously, sometimes gut wrenchingly. While she takes us along for a year’s worth of decadent and delightful culinary celebrations, she is also offering us an intimate look into a year in her transition. I will likely never find myself brining a Thanksgiving turkey, but I will always find inspiration in this woman’s creativity, resilience, and heart.
Melissa MacWilliams, Berkeley CA.