Monday, September 30, 2013

We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook Book Review and Giveaway

Unknown | 2:21 AM | | | |
I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Zondervan. I received a copy of We Laugh We Cry We Cook to facilitate my review.

About the book We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook:
Mother and daughter team Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph could not be more different—for instance, Rachel is a vegan while Becky thinks bacon makes everything taste better—but they have always been extremely close. When Rachel recently became a new mom, she discovered that she needed her mother’s friendship and advice more than ever. With hundreds of miles separating them, mother and daughter decided to stay connected through their mutual love of food and all things funny and cooked up a food blog called “We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook,” where they dish about food and life. 

Now, this dynamic duo is set to release a hilariously touching new food memoir by the same name. Now, this dynamic duo has published a hilariously touching new food memoir by the same name. In their book We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook (Zondervan, ISBN13: 9780310330837, $14.99, 8/6/13) Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph share humorous family stories about the differences that test them, the foods that entice them, and the love that binds them. Though fun and food are plentiful, it’s their faith that sustains Becky and Rachel. Without preaching, they share gratitude for the God who loves us and gives us our daily bread (and veggies) -- alongside a helping of grace when life gets crazy.

From food for a family reunion of thirty, to lunch for a party of one in a high chair, to a hot meal for a sick friend, Becky and Rachel demonstrate grace, acceptance, and love to others through the bonding gifts of humor, caring, and cooking. The book also includes dozens of delicious recipes to tantalize everyone’s taste buds, so that food choices never have to divide families at mealtime. Besides being Rachel’s mom, Becky Johnson is the best-selling author, co-author or collaborator of more than forty books covering everything from inspirational humor to brain science. A former book publicist, this is Rachel Randolph’s debut as an author. She believes—whether vegan or paleo, gluten-free or dairy-free, low-carb or low- fat, lifestyle, diet, or allergy—dietary needs should never get in the way of a good meal and a good time with those we love.

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit

My Review:
To be quite honest, I wasn't sure if the book would be something that I would get into. I don't know what it is about books, but usually if it doesn't catch my attention in the first chapter or so, I won't touch the book again. I guess you can say that I am a hard to please reader, lol. When it came to reading the We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook book, it not only had me drooling over the recipes, but it also made me feel a mix of emotions. The relationship that Becky (mother) and Rachel (daughter) have is like two peas in a pod. They talk about their crazy times together, their travels and their family time as well. 

In a way, it hurt because the bond that Becky and Rachel have together is something that I wish my mother and I would have had. I mean we've had our good times together, just her and I, but things just didn't seem to go so well between us. There were times I would picture my mom and I doing the things that Becky and Rachel were doing together. I would picture us having a good laugh while cooking out favorite meal, talking about the things we did in the past and so on. I guess in a way I can say that I envy their relationship, but at the same time I admire it because of the struggles that they have had, they managed to get through it and their bond between mother and daughter is strong. I just hope that someday my mother and I will reunite, work things out and have that same connection as Becky and Rachel.

As for the recipes, I haven't made anything yet from the book. I was planning on doing a recipe that I knew would be quite tasty and that the kids might enjoy, post some pictures for you to see, but I didn't. To be honest, I haven't had the time to cook because I've been working so late and whenever I feel that I have the time, something else comes up. It's a pain sometimes working late in the afternoon and evening because I miss cooking! I love my food, I love to cook, but with work it gets hard sometimes to find the time to actually do it without it being so late in the day. I feel like I'm coming up with excuses now, lol. I've been working for almost 3 months now and I'm slowly getting everything stable. I would have to say from what I have read with the recipes, they will be worth it! They sounds very healthy, tasty and mouthwatering at the same time.


Only lucky reader will win a copy of the We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook book
Please note: One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Open to US residents 18 years or older. Giveaway begins September 30th and will end October 4th at 7 p.m. Enter the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win and good luck!

To learn about the authors and more, check out the links below:
Zondervan Twitter:
Author blog:
Author twitter: @laughcrycook, @rachelrandolph, @beckyajohnson


  1. A cook book with a story, right up my alley. I love to cook and read, so this would be a perfect book for me.

  2. because my daughter and i love to cook together and this would be great for us to try something new

  3. I would like iot because it provides recipes that can bring vegetarians and non vegetarians together at the table.

  4. I would love this because I am trying to do better and eat better and learn more things. I love cook books. They help me do more than processed foods that come prepared.

  5. You can never have too many cook books and new ideas

  6. My daughter in law loves cookbooks and I thought this would be a good one to share with her since she is so special to our family.


  8. Thank you for such a vulnerable, raw review of We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook. Relationships aren't always easy--and I know I lucked out in many ways in the mom department! Neither of us are perfect though. Between those sweet moments and memories, just like any real relationship, there have been plenty of times we've had to work things out, choose to let some things go, and lots of simply accepting each others quirks and differences. Now that you are a mom, you have a chance to build those bonds with your kids! Prayers for you guys. - Rachel