Book Review: Shut Up and Eat! Tales of Chicken, Children and Chardonnay by Kathy Buckworth

Shut Up And Eat

If simply (but emphatically) stating “I love this book!” were sufficient enough to constitute a full blog article, I’d be tempted to leave it at that.

Hilariously realistic, reassuring and (gasp!) logical, Kathy Buckworth’s Shut Up and Eat is packed with refreshingly simple mealtime tips and advice for busy moms. Something I appreciate, being constantly stumped over what to feed my picky guys. I laughed out loud countless times reading this addictive book and learned handy new tricks at the same time. How’s that for multi-tasking?

Being a mom who isn’t prone to making things from scratch, I especially loved Kathy’s guilt-free approach to taking shortcuts. It’s not often you find a recipe that allows for convenience foods in its ingredients, or laid-back instructions like “Go and have a coffee with a girlfriend. You’re done.” and it’s about time! Kathy Buckworth proves you don’t have to be Martha to dish up fast, family-approved meals with finesse. Ones they’ll actually eatHallelujah!

Shut Up and Eat is the ultimate survival guide for planning weeknight meals, social gatherings, dinners out – even grocery trips – with minimal insanity. Kathy’s fuss-free methods are practical, but also a blast to read, something I really can’t say for most other food or parenting books I’ve found. Created with time constraints, picky eaters and (most importantly!) moms in mind, this book and this author are my new favourites.

Shut Up and Eat gets an easy 10 out of 10 “Happy Mama” faces!


Kathy BuckworthAbout the Author:

Kathy Buckworth is an award-winning Canadian writer, television personality and public speaker who also happens to be a busy mom of 4. Somehow she has found the time to add Shut Up and Eat to her list of other equally fabulous books, including The Secret Life of SuperMom,SuperMom: A Celebration of All You Do, Journey to the Darkside: SuperMom Goes Home and The BlackBerry Diaries: Adventures in Modern Motherhood. And you think you don’t have time to cook???

Photo by: CL Buchanan Photography

Written By

Kathy Buckworth is an award winning writer, public speaker, and television personality. She is the author of six books, including “I Am So The Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family The Business” (Random House). Warner Brothers Television has purchased the rights for this book. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Indonesian and other languages, and are available on and wherever books are sold. She is a columnist with Post City Magazines and contributes to the Metro News,, the Huffington Post, Zoomer Magazine, ParentsCanada, Canadian Living, the Travel Channel and GoodLife. She is the writer and host of the FamilyFocus series, and was a regular guest expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris, a regular contributor to the CTV Canada AM Parenting Panel, as well as appearing regularly on Breakfast Television, CanadaAM and CBC radio. She also delivers a bi-monthly travel segment (How She Travels) on Sirius/XM Canada Talks highly rated “What She Said” show. Kathy is a two time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Literary Arts. She was recently announced as one of Canada’s Favourite Moms by Canadian Living Magazine, and recognized by the Huffington Post as a top parenting Tweeter to follow. She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience, with CIBC, Royal Bank, Telus and Coca Cola Foods. She is the Chief Family Advisor for Presidents Choice Financial and PCPlus, and has also acted as corporate/media spokesperson/social media consultant for many other companies such as Procter & Gamble, Maple Leaf Foods, Research In Motion, Pfizer and LeapFrog Toys. Kathy serves on the board of the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee, as their public relations advisor. She lives with her material (four kids) and husband (more material) in the Toronto area. She is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, the Writers Union of Canada, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Travel Media Association of Canada.