This week's pick comes from our editor, Gillian: You can find many recipes online for stone soup, but I prefer Jan Eliot's method: Take two parts of one loving family, add a dose of good humor sprinkled with warmth and generosity, and you have Stone Soup.
What I love about Stone Soup is it's a celebration of family--no matter what your definition of a family is; it encompasses more than just the people who are living under your roof. Val and Joan take care of their respective families, but also each other. (And their mother, Evie, who, to be honest, really doesn't need anyone's help!) These are tough, caring, sincere women who have experience at being single moms--and guess what? They each have funny, curious, wonderful kids. Yes, even teenage Holly.
As Jan said in a Washington Post chat years ago, "Families are many things, and I enjoy representing the less idealized--but more realistic--circumstances."
Which is why I will continue to enjoy Stone Soup.
About Stone Soup: Jan Eliot's funny and irreverent Stone Soup follows the saga of an extended, blended family, starring two working-mom sisters living just across the fence from each other. Val and Joan share life with their opinionated mother, a middle-school diva and 10-year-old tomboy, a reclusive teenage boy, a wild preschooler and his new baby sister...and of course Wally, the ultimate nice guy who steps into his step-dad shoes with grace amid the chaos. Working-parent hassles, pre-school tantrums, middle-school angst, love and the single mom... it's all here in Stone Soup.