by Maria Lianos

Shut Up and Eat! Tales of Chicken, Children and Chardonnay is Kathy Buckworth’s latest book, in stores now.

It’s a hilarious take one of my least enjoyable duties – feeding my picky kids.  Having to prepare three meals a day plus snacks can cause any mom to lose her marbles.

The witty Buckworth, who also has written other parenting humour books such as The Secret Life of Supermom, offers some great tips and even easy recipes for moms who don’t want to add “chef” to their already lengthy and unbearable list of responsibilities. 

Effortlessly and humourously, Buckworth tackles mealtime and the dreadful snack-time, as well as the lovely task of “feeding the in-laws and outlaws”. 

Before you even get to feed the brood, you need to shop for groceries with your rowdy kids in tow. Leave it to the husband you say?

“The main thing women need to recognize about grocery shopping is that it plays into some ancient, anthropological instincts.  Women, as we all know, were society’s gatherers; men were the hunters.  I am always impressed by how men have managed to transition these skills into “hunting” at the liquor store or the aforementioned Home Depot, but have entirely skipped over the grocery store.  This has left it up to us – the gatherers – to fill the void. While they get to hunt for vodka and screwdrivers, we get to gather zucchini and 12-grain bread.”

Easy recipes, that any culinary novice can do blind-folded, round off this light-hearted, funny book.

I laughed out loud while reading and even gasped once.   The Lasagna recipe on page 82 calls for a jar of premade tomato sauce which would likely cause my Italian husband to suffer a panic attack.  He’d kill me if I didn’t share my quick and easy tomato sauce recipe 😉

So as Ms. Buckworth would say, Shut Up and Eat!, I would say, “Kali Oreksi!  Mangiamo!”

Enter to win one of three prize packs which include Shut Up and Eat!  and The Blackberry Diaries!

Contest ends June 4, 2010.  One entry per person.

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. I have been hearing so much about her new book I think I will really have to go pick it up…assuming I don’t win of course 😉

  2. Great review! Kathy is an awesome author. I have The Blackberry Diaries, it was so cute and funny and I could totally relate. Would love to read her new book

  3. I loved Kathy’s Journey to the Darkside, Supermom Goes Home too. Can’t wait for you to announce the winner of this! Fingers and toes crossed.

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