Book Review | Cookies for Dinner

Title: Cookies for Dinner: the tales of two moms in their quest to survive motherhood

Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett and Kae Allen

My Review:

I thought I knew everything about raising kids, having performed those duties for a long, long time. However, as the old saying goes, you learn something new every day. Until I read Cookies for Dinner, I can tell you with absolute certainty that I did not know that vomit is the strongest hairstyling product on the market or the poop capacity of the average car seat. Did you?

I received a gift-wrapped, Advance Review Copy of this book from the authors, complete with business cards, cute bookmarks and a package of yummy cookies! It has since been published and is available from your favorite bookseller.

Cookies for Dinner is actually a series of essays, showcasing the joys and pitfalls of motherhood from the perspective of two good friends, but two very different women. You have Pam, the dedicated career woman, who came to motherhood later in life via adoption. And then you have Kae, the accountant, who followed society’s norm by marrying young and starting her family early, only to discover her husband was cheating on her while she was pregnant with her first child. Each co-author brings her unique parenting style and “adventures” to Cookies for Dinner. And although each gal is an entertaining author in her own right, together they are unstoppable.

I instantly bonded, laughed and cried with both moms right from the first essay which showcases Pam’s elation as a new, adoptive mom while her daughter projectile vomits and poops all the way home from Guatemala, to the final story in the book which involves Kae and a naked child being hosed down in a sink in the bathroom at Bob Evans. In fact, I think I literally wet my own pants a few times. Being an adoptive mom myself, I could identify with Pam. My kids, however, are closer to Kae’s kids’ ages so Kae’s stories were a very timely reminder for me of the “good ‘ole days.”

Each and every essay in this book is warm and very, very personal, shot through with a heavy dose of humor. Come on, how did you get through “those” years? If you didn’t laugh about it, you panicked and/or cried until your mascara ran into your socks. Pam and Kae are no different, except that they’re willing to tell the world about all of those embarrassing moments that only little kids can so dramatically create.

If you’re a seasoned mom who wants to relive the early days, this book is for you. If you’re a new mom and don’t know quite what’s coming around the next corner, this book is for you, too. And if you just like kid stories that will literally make you laugh out loud, make sure to pick up a copy for yourself. If humor is indeed the best medicine, Cookies for Dinner is definitely a cure for what ails you!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Carla Ives is a blogger/author/teacher/editor/jill of all trades, master of a few. She studied history at Drexel University and still teaches it. . . occasionally. You can usually find her scribbling on her blog, The Reluctant WAHM ( or writing business and promotional items at her business, GhostWriteHer ( She also hangs out on Facebook and Twitter while she attempts to figure out the far end of this thing called life. You can contact her via email at [email protected]

more by Carla »