The Jones Family Food Roster by Alison Jones
Published by Black Inc. Books
Date: 29 April 2019
There are some pretty special people in this world that will do anything to ensure that those around them have everything they need, especially during times of uncertainty. The community that nurtures and feeds Alison, her husband and four children during a diagnosis of cancer, will put a smile on your face and a bit of warmth in your heart.
What’s it about?
After breaking a bone much more easily than it should, Alison Jones was diagnosed with a rare and incurable blood cancer, myeloma. This book follows her through her diagnosis of cancer and the fight that follows. Alison’s story is about her wanting to be the best mother that she can, and the heart and kindness of those on The Jones Family Food Roster. Some of these people share their recipes and the stories behind them.
Why I love it
There is so much to love about this book, especially the selflessness of Alison’s friends and other people within the community. This book shows that a giving neighbourhood is still strong, even though we know our ‘neighbours’ less than we have before.
I love that this book is not just about Cancer, it is more than that. It is about a woman who learns to let go and let others, it’s about an illness not defining her but making her brave, and it’s about Alison taking her experience and being able to take that to support her son when he also has a cancer diagnosis himself.
I also love that people on the roster have shared their recipes and the stories behind these. There are tips, notes on how to mate gluten free, dairy free, nut free etc… The food that the food roster participants made catered to the Jones’s family kosher eating.
Throughout this journey it was important to Alison that life remain as normal as possible, including regular homemade meals. The fact that the community around her without even knowing this was her wish was a wonderful testament to the goodness of people. The relief that Alison felt moved me because during her time of uncertainty there was one thing, she was certain of – her family would be well fed. In fact, it became a fun time for the family and the children soon had favourtie meals and were eager to know who was on the roster.
If you are looking for a heart filled and courageous read, this book is perfect for you. It is not something I would normally pick up to read but I am glad I did because I really enjoyed getting to know Alison and her family.
This book is warm and engaging, it’s honest, and I came away with an understand of how Alison’s faith was integral to her healing and growth during one of the toughest times of her life.
Thank you Black Inc. Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.