Book Review: We Laugh We Cry We Cook by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

We Laugh We Cry We Cook caught my eye because of the differences between this mother and daughter. Becky (the mom) is not very organized, sleeps in, forgets things and wasn't always cooking when the daughter (Rachel) grew up. Rachel is organized, a new mom and recently became a vegan, along with her husband, Jared. As someone who eats mostly plant-based married to a meat and potatoes guy, I was curious as to how the families blended their meals in harmony.

At the time of the book's printing, Rachel and her husband had been eating vegan for about 3 years--and she also became pregnant and had a young child during that time. Becky and Rachel shared back and forth through the book various stories from each of their perspectives about growing up years as well as more recent stories of how food united them as family and how it united them with other friends and family.Their stories were interesting and told with humor. The ladies have a blog they started together  too: I wasn't familiar with the blog but would look at it regularly after having read the book to see what new recipes they are making.

Recipes are included at the end of each chapter. Recipes include: Tortilla Soup, Broccoli Carrot Slaw, White Bean Guacamole, and Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal.  Recipes are coded for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Some of them show ways interchange them.With so many people these days on various special diets, both ladies wanted readers to see that honoring others special diets, even in small ways, helps them feel loved, welcome and respected. As someone who eats a special diet with a child that has food allergies and has to eat a special diet, I applaud this aspect of the book. I found some great tips for integrating both meat eaters and those who eat plant-based diets at family meals. I would recommend this book to anyone else in a similar situation. . .as well as anyone who loves to cook and eat. It was an enjoyable read and I laughed out loud a few times at their stories.

I received this book from Booksneeze at no charge. I was not required to write a positive review.


  1. Monica,

    Big thanks from one special diet eater to another for reviewing We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook!

    With gratitude,

  2. It was my pleasure!
    You're welcome!


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