When Karen Burnett receives word thatyear old Granny Adelaide is fading fast, she and her husband rush to the hospital to say their good byes As the end draws near, Granny reveals her dying wish she wants each member of her fragmented family present at her funeral, as well as at a picnic dinner featuring nostalgic family foods In her last breaths, she calls upon her granddaughter in law, Karen, to carry out this seemingly insurmountable task With cherished recipes in hand and a determination to follow through with her promise, Karen sets Granny s plan in motion Karen s husband, Tom, however, is less than enthusiastic about his grandmother s meddling He hasn t seen his father the man who abandoned Tom, his mother, and younger siblings in decades, and the years have done nothing to diminish his bitterness As the day of the funeral approaches, Tom must decide will he allow himself to be consumed by his anger, or will he embrace the potential for peace Zucchini Pie is a heartfelt novel of connection of a struggling family and the food that one wise old woman trusts will bring them back together


10 thoughts on “Zucchini Pie

  1. Lisa Randall Lisa Randall says:

    Zucchini PieI really enjoyed this book The recipes sound delicious and many were unique They all sounded like they would be yummy Granny Adelaide knew what she was doing when she assign Karen the task of a family reunion Smart little old lady She lived to be over 100 years old Quite a feat for a human being The lessons learned and the family struggles of a broken family coming together was heart rendering This book could gave been called Humble Pie as so many lessons on humility were tau Zucchini PieI really enjoyed this book The recipes sound delicious and many were unique They all sounded like they would be yummy Granny Adelaide knew what she was doing when she assign Karen the task of a family reunion Smart little old lady She lived to be over 100 years old Quite a feat for a human being The lessons learned and the family struggles of a broken family coming together was heart rendering This book could gave been called Humble Pie as so many lessons on humility were taught But watching the Burnett family support each other in love and acceptance is what we all want our families to be like Because of our Savior s atonement all things are possible


  2. Ellen T. Barrett Ellen T. Barrett says:

    So many ups and downsWonderful Mormon Christian book I loved all of the ups and downs in this book Wonderful to see how a Christian family deals with mental illness and as their family survives through knowledge and forgiveness and a deep growing love for each other There were moments of laughter and sadness in this book I loved it This book was so thought provoking as you become involved in the lives of the Burnett family Wonderful recipes too


  3. Danni Danni says:

    fun book.


  4. Swhe641200 Swhe641200 says:

    2nd ward book group Just a fun fast read Lots of good recipes


  5. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    For starters, it is better to read this book when you have a big chunk of uninterrupted time I picked it up in small increments over a two week timeframe and wasn t until the end that I really got into it because of it With it written in sections by characters in the family and their feelings and thoughts during the time of funeral preparations, it was harder to get into than other forms of writings This is why I gave it a 3 instead of a 4 It was a book well worth reading with many valuable For starters, it is better to read this book when you have a big chunk of uninterrupted time I picked it up in small increments over a two week timeframe and wasn t until the end that I really got into it because of it With it written in sections by characters in the family and their feelings and thoughts during the time of funeral preparations, it was harder to get into than other forms of writings This is why I gave it a 3 instead of a 4 It was a book well worth reading with many valuable life lessons and insight into mental illness.Wow, where to start Granny Adelaide was the one who stepped in to help when her son, Thomas Sr left his schizophrenic wife, and three oldest children, Tom Jr, 12, Mary and Steve and moved to Texas with the babysitter, Rocio and the two youngest children Carrie, 4 and Michael,2 Tom Jr came away from the experience with a resentment toward Rocio and his father and betrayal for being left responsible for picking up the broken pieces His view of what led to the breakup of the family is skewed due to his being involved in school, sports, scouts, and friends than his younger sibling who were around their ill motherand the interference that Rocio gave them from their mother s ravings When Granny dies and asks Karen, Tom s wife to invite all the family including the Texas family to her funeral as a reunion of sorts with family recipes to bring them together, Karen tries to refuse, but Granny can be persistent and won out getting a promise to do her last wish Granny has stayed in touch with her grandchildren in Texas and gives the contact info.Tom struggles to come to the truth when an old box of his mother s is found with evidence that her mental illness was present long before his father left and that medication was prescribed but not taken by his mother He also finds unopened letters from his father and checks above court ordered amounts to help support his children that he left Tom becomes humbled by his findings and apologizes to Rocio and welcomes his texas family of which his brother, Michael also has hard feelings about Tom s refusal to accept him with open arms after 30 years of anger.Also, one of Karen and Tom s daughters, Stephanie, has a secret of her own, she has been dealing with depression and has had one episode of violent behavior in which herself and a room mate were hurt by her outburst She moves home afterwards but hasn t told her parents about her decision to never date a guythan twice because she doesn t plan on marrying or having a family so as not to hurt people like her grandmother did or pass on her mental illness After she lets her mother in on her secret and plans, her mother tells her to research chemical imbalances and know that there is medication and support to allow her to have a full life and not to limit her decisions based on fear I liked how it was expressed that depression and other mental illnesses aren t a choice, but something that are out of our control and that it is okay to use medication in treating them It isn t always something that can be fixed by discipline and being stronger.I liked the little twist of Emily sharing the gospel with her choir friends and teacher as she is selecting songs for the funeral Music can be such a powerful tool in inviting the spirit to testify of truth.I liked the explanation of Granny s communication with God not simple praying but having frequent, loving chats with God, Overall, great, insightful read if you can keep reading till then end


  6. Katie W Katie W says:

    Why is that families and funerals always seem to revolve around food Well, at least that s true in this story Just before Granny Adelaide passes away at the ripe old age of 100, she makes her granddaughter in law promise to get the whole family together for the funeral even those who are estranged and she wants the family dinner to be comprised of family recipes Karen sets out to do just that.There were a lot of recipes included and some really look good There were times when I felt that t Why is that families and funerals always seem to revolve around food Well, at least that s true in this story Just before Granny Adelaide passes away at the ripe old age of 100, she makes her granddaughter in law promise to get the whole family together for the funeral even those who are estranged and she wants the family dinner to be comprised of family recipes Karen sets out to do just that.There were a lot of recipes included and some really look good There were times when I felt that the chapter was written just to get that recipe out there Food wasimportant than people and feelings Yet, there were other times when the characters really seemed to come to life and the reader really got a sense for what makes that particular character tick There were a lot of issues that needed to be dealt with and things were resolved, but it seemed that the problems were wrapped up a little too neatly There were some hard and bitter feelings and after a few pages of trying to cope with them, poof they were gone Either Granny got her wish and miracles happened or it was just a little too sudden for me.I enjoyed the journey that this family took and loved watching them grow along the way.Content some talk of mental issues and the results of not taking meds talk of an affair, but no details given CLEAN


  7. Dlora Dlora says:

    Much beloved Granny Adelaide s dying wish is that her fractured family all gather at her funeral and enjoy a picnic together afterward eating family favorite recipes The rift occurred when her son Tom left his mentally ill wife and three children to run off with the babysitter and his two youngest babies Tom Sr and his divorced wife are deceased but Tom Jr isn t about to forgive the adultery, suffering, and offense even if it was years ago, and that animosity extends to his younger siblings, Much beloved Granny Adelaide s dying wish is that her fractured family all gather at her funeral and enjoy a picnic together afterward eating family favorite recipes The rift occurred when her son Tom left his mentally ill wife and three children to run off with the babysitter and his two youngest babies Tom Sr and his divorced wife are deceased but Tom Jr isn t about to forgive the adultery, suffering, and offense even if it was years ago, and that animosity extends to his younger siblings, his father s second wife, and his half siblings Unfortunately, it is his wife Karen from whom Granny extracted a promise to make her plan work I loved all the recipes Karen tracks down for the picnic and the book is worth just having those I felt a bit inadequate compared to the paragon that Granny was can women really touch as meany lives, do as much good, and develop as many skills as she did I also felt that healing emotional pain and scars that have festered for years and years are not likely to be healed at one funeral Still, I enjoyed the book and read it quickly


  8. Kim Kim says:

    This book was a gift from a dear friend who said it reminded her of me since I dabbled with a food blog for awhile I would never have picked it up on my own, but I really enjoyed it Disclaimer I rarely read LDS fiction, because I often find it cheesy and I think I carry around a bias that expects the writing to be sub par That said, I found it completely refreshing to be able to read about a family that is so similar to my own I enjoyed seeing that the way the family dealt with their chall This book was a gift from a dear friend who said it reminded her of me since I dabbled with a food blog for awhile I would never have picked it up on my own, but I really enjoyed it Disclaimer I rarely read LDS fiction, because I often find it cheesy and I think I carry around a bias that expects the writing to be sub par That said, I found it completely refreshing to be able to read about a family that is so similar to my own I enjoyed seeing that the way the family dealt with their challenges was so familiar, and that the things that brought them comfort are the same things that provide comfort to me in trying situations The author successfully pulled at my heart strings and brought me to tears many times However, it WAS also all those things I fear from LDS fiction Will I readLDS fiction It s a definite possibility but I ll definitely be thanking my friend for sharing a fun read with me


  9. Shauna Shauna says:

    Families, Funerals, and FoodCan it get any better than that Granny Adelaide is dyingHer last, final wish To have a family reunion as part of her funeral.Including not only the family that was split apart decades earlier, but to also include nostalgic family foods.And none of those cliche songs.As Karen and her family put this unusual funeral together hearts will be healed, family secrets will be put to rest and new life will be revealed.A tender book of feelings, grieving, forgiving, and a Families, Funerals, and FoodCan it get any better than that Granny Adelaide is dyingHer last, final wish To have a family reunion as part of her funeral.Including not only the family that was split apart decades earlier, but to also include nostalgic family foods.And none of those cliche songs.As Karen and her family put this unusual funeral together hearts will be healed, family secrets will be put to rest and new life will be revealed.A tender book of feelings, grieving, forgiving, and accepting.And of course the power of food.Recipes included at the end of each chapter A WONDERFUL read BERRY GRAPEFRUIT SALAD recipe from the book is on my blog posthttp ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blog


  10. Marlene Bateman Marlene Bateman says:

    In Zucchini Pie, Karen Burnett is called upon by her granny to fulfill an incredible task to make sure each member of the family is at her funeral, and that they all attend a dinner afterwards that features family foods Despite the many problems involved in this, Karen is determined to carry out Granny Adelaide s wishes, though getting the fractured family together proves a tough task It seems like time does not heal all wounds Zucchini Pie is an intriguing slice of life story The character In Zucchini Pie, Karen Burnett is called upon by her granny to fulfill an incredible task to make sure each member of the family is at her funeral, and that they all attend a dinner afterwards that features family foods Despite the many problems involved in this, Karen is determined to carry out Granny Adelaide s wishes, though getting the fractured family together proves a tough task It seems like time does not heal all wounds Zucchini Pie is an intriguing slice of life story The characters are believable and well written Zucchini Pie is a wonderful tale of forgiveness and understanding and leaves the reader with a satisfied feeling because of the hopeful message that centers around forgiveness and redemption and the ability of people to change