The authors of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul team up with cookbook author Diana von Welanetz Wentworth to nourish the body. Recipes for real chicken soup accompany others for pot roast and chocolate cinnamon rolls, barbecued beans and a myriad other comforting dishes. The recipes follow brief inspirational and/or sentimental sketches gathered in chapters with names like ``Mom's Kitchen,'' ``Love, Romance and Marriage'' and ``Men in the Kitchen.'' Drawing on contributions from cookbook authors and celebrities within the human potential movement‘e.g., Jeanne Jones, Art Linkletter and Sam Keen‘each feel-good recollection serves as a parable of a venerable quality, e.g., patience (Debbie's Creamed Corn) and appreciation for what one has (No-Depression Cake). The authors note that recipes have not been adjusted to make them ``nutritionally correct'' in the belief that ``their love content outweighs their fat content.'' 50,000 first printing in cloth; 500,000 in paper. (Oct.)
Chicken Soup for the Soul (Health Communications, 1993) and A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul (Health Communications, 1995) by self-esteem gurus Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have been on the best sellers lists for months. Now they've enlisted cookbook author Diana von Welanetz Wentworth for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook (don't worry, they decided against an all-chicken-soup cookbook): "deeply touching and humorous stories centered around food," with recipes. Touching or just sappy, these collections of Reader's Digest-style anecdotes have found an audience, who will be eagerly awaiting the cookbook.