Friday, 5 August 2022

Book Review & Giveaway: A Recipe for Family by Tori Haschka

 A Recipe for Family
Tori Haschka
Things are about to get messy..... 
Publication date:  3rd August 2022

 Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 400
RRP: $29.99AUD
Format read: Uncorrected paperback
Source: Courtesy of DMCPRMedia
My review of A Recipe for Family
Tori Haschka asks, in A Recipe for Family, what makes a family? Can you bring in a total stranger and make them a family member? 

This is a story about working mother's and the pressure of working two jobs, that of mother and employee, and trying to do it all under the burden of guilt and judgement.

Tori Haschka includes situations and circumstances we may have found ourselves in at times and gives them a humorous twist.
Life is messy and brimming with disasters and Stella and her friends are full of advice for each other. Everyone keeps telling Stella an au pair will solve all her problems. 
A Recipe for Family is a modern story, for our time, where both parents need to work to survive financially. The story follows a group of mums living on Sydney's Northern Beaches but I think mothers everywhere will relate to the theme, and the characters, in some way or another.

I liked the addition of the social media posts in a local Facebook group asking for advice under an anonymous guise, although others new exactly who the posters were. This was funny in its truth. 
I loved all the mentions of food as it brought people together and was used to remember a loved one. I was delightfully surprised, after reading about all those wonderful dishes, that the recipes are all there in the back of the book.

I enjoyed Stella's final reflection that she needed to open up more and I felt her and her peers finally became friends rather than competitors by the end of the novel.

The story is told through the eyes of Stella, Elise, her mother-in-law and Ava, The 18yo au pair. I feel each of these characters will be viewed differently depending on the readers age and circumstances.

A Recipe for Family is an observant novel. A satirical look at family and mothering.

My rating 4 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the author

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Tori Haschka is a Sydney based author, food writer and mum of two. Her articles have featured in Grazia, The Times, the Guardian, Mammamia and the Sydney Morning Herald and her blog was ranked by Saveur as one of the five best food and travel blogs in the world. Grace Under Pressure is her first novel.



With thanks to Simon & Schuster and DMCPRMedia I have one paperback copy of A Recipe for Family to give away.

 Enter via the form below. (Open to Australian addresses only). Entries close at 6pm (AEST) on Friday 12th August 2022.
This giveaway is now closed and the winner was announced HERE


  1. This book looks so amazing and a story that can really resonate with each family right now :)

  2. Juggling motherhood, work, life and occasional 'me time' sounds like a must read for all. Happy chaos - mostly.

  3. What a great post!! As a working mom of 5 children who is also completing a degree at university , this story sounds close to my daily battle. Can't wait to read this book!

  4. This sounds like a great lighthearted read. Thanks for the opportunity