One night while Liz Hauck and her father were cooking dinner, Liz made a suggestion that they start a weekly cooking program at the residential home for boys in state care which was a part of the human services agency her father co-directed. Unfortunately, Liz's father passed away before they had the chance to start the cooking program together, but Liz decided to honor her father by going forward on her own.
I was so inspired by this book and how Liz was able to impact the lives of the boys in the home by showing up for what turned out to be over 100 dinners. This book also speaks to the influence those same boys had on Liz's life. When you set out to make a difference in the world, sometimes the biggest difference you make is in yourself. I think her idea to cook together with the boys for an hour and then eat dinner together was brilliant. Coming together in that way provided an opportunity to bond over a common goal, teach life skills and have conversation as a sort of family unit.
I hope that this book inspires people in other communities to start up their own weekly cooking programs and see what grows from that experience. I truly feel that if we spent more time looking for what we have in common instead of looking for what divides us, a lot of healing could take place on many levels.
This book clearly was a five star read for me and I hope that you will pick up a copy today for your own dose of inspiration. I received this book courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.