Muffins and Mayhem

Muffins and Mayhem

Recipes for A Happy, (if Disorderly) Life

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
After advising a terminally ill woman to create a written and visual legacy of photo albums and recipes for her children, the creator of the online book club conceived the idea for this book, where she follows her own advice and shares 30 recipes and the memories surrounding them.

Blackwell Publishing
"What a brilliant little gem of a book! Like a recipe for life, alternately heartwarming, funny, touching, and inspiring, Suzanne Beecher's unique voice comes shining through. If you want to learn how to live your life with passion and joy, read this book, right now."---Nate Kenyon, author of The Reach and Sparrow Rock (and devoted DearReader fan)

"Loved, loved, loved it! Reading Muffins & Mayhem was like a visit with your BFF, sitting at the kitchen table over a pot of tea and chocolate-chip cookies, sharing secrets, shedding tears, and laughing. Always laughing!"---Barbara Bretton, USA Today bestselling author of Laced with Magic

"From the first laugh to the last tear, Suzanne Beecher had me in her thrall. Part memoir, part cookbook, part comedic romp, this is a book written with candor, bravery, and soul on every single page. Be sure to try some of Beecher's recipes---I fell in love with her chocolate-chip cookies---but not as much as I fell in love with her."---M.J. Rose, internationally bestselling author of The Memorist

"What a wonderful book! Suzanne opens up her heart and her kitchen with exuberant stories of love and life. Plagued with a difficult childhood and the resulting lack of self-confidence, she tells the truth about both her failures and her hard-won successes, giving the reader lessons in courage along the way. Her down-home, comfort-food recipes will warm your belly while her tales warm your heart."---Chellie Campbell, author The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire

"A fascinating, dramatic life with nourishing lessons for us all."---David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer

"A touchingly sweet and honest account of a sometimes difficult life, this quirky autobiography is interspersed with recipes for cookies, cakes---and living."---Virginia Ironside, author of No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a 60th Year

"While it's well known that food and stories make for a great combination, Muffins & Mayhem takes their relationship to a whole new level Brimming over with the stuff of life, this is a book to curl up with and devour."---JOEL BEN IZZY, storyteller and author of The Beggar King and The Secret of Happiness

Suzanne Beecher's happy, loving voice has brought more than 350,000 people to her online book club at, where her daily column offers her candid, thought-provoking reflections on life, inspiring countless readers to look at their "ordinary" lives in a new way. By turns funny and poignant, Suzanne is the reassuring friend across the kitchen table with a refreshing, jaunty attitude about life, even in the face of whatever difficulties it may bring.

Suzanne has had her own share of troubles to overcome. Left home alone at an early age, she struggled with difficult and distant parents, dealt with heartbreak, became a hard-working single mom, and overcame two substance addictions and a physical impairment. But along the way, she found comfort in baking and sharing food with her friends and family. She learned to take the good with the bad, and her life is now inspiring proof that faith and persistence are the keys to success.

This beautifully written celebration of food, friends, and family will nourish Suzanne's numerous fans and those who have yet to discover her simple, homespun magic.

& Taylor

The creator of the online book club shares memories of her early struggles with a difficult childhood, drug addiction, life as a single mother, and her successful marriage, along with thirty recipes for dishes connected to her past.

Simon and Schuster
A reader's poignant letter to Suzanne Beecher inspired her to share her collection of loved ones' recipes and their wonderful memories in her life.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9781439112878
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 BEE
Characteristics: xvi, 233 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.


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