Mother of All Cookbooks

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: December 2014
Group Mid-Level
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READ IT: “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” When it comes to Valley lifestyle guru Cheryl Najafi and her Missouri-bred “mama,” poet Robert Browning’s tribute to mothers might be edited to say, “Motherhood: All good food begins and ends there.” Najafi’s new cookbook, Mother Daughter Dishes: Reinventing Loved Classics ($19.76, CherylStyle Publishing), celebrates the mother-daughter bond with updated (and healthier) versions of Najafi’s down-home childhood favorites, from her granny’s buttermilk biscuits to Najafi’s beloved coconut cream pie.

Family stories and tips are peppered throughout (a conversion chart demystifies your mother’s “pinch of this” and “dash of that” measurements), along with the importance of food and family in keeping yourself grounded – and well-fed. Visit to order a copy, get bonus recipes and learn more about Najafi.