Love Without Measure

In a world saturated with fast-paced lives and digital interactions, Tunes and Wooden Spoons: Love Without Measure by Mary Janet MacDonald offers a refreshing escape into the realm of wholesome connections, delicious food, and the profound magic of love. This delightful memoir-cum-cookbook is a heartwarming exploration of the author’s journey, both through her personal experiences and the culinary wonders she shares.

Mary Janet MacDonald’s writing effortlessly draws readers into her world, skillfully weaving poignant personal anecdotes with her love for cooking. The book is a tapestry of emotions, with tales of family gatherings, shared laughter, and moments that resonate with the universal human experience. MacDonald’s storytelling is like a warm embrace, making you feel like you’re sitting at her kitchen table, listening to her stories as if they were your own. We first met Mary Janet while reviewing her first book, Tunes and Wooden Spoons at 

Central to the book’s charm is its culinary dimension. Each chapter is adorned with a selection of delectable recipes, ranging from traditional comfort foods to creative culinary experiences. From hearty stews to delicate desserts, MacDonald’s recipes evoke a sense of nostalgia while also inspiring readers to don their aprons and embark on their own gastronomic journeys. What’s truly remarkable is how she intertwines each recipe with a personal anecdote, making cooking not just about the ingredients, but also about the emotions and memories they evoke.

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Since it’s the harvest season and many will be contemplating what to do with all that turkey left over from the big feast, we want you to try Mary Janet’s Turkey Wreath in our Recipe section. Not making turkey this year? Any poultry will work and you can substitute the fruit/vegetables in the recipe to make this a family favourite. 

At its core, Tunes and Wooden Spoons is a celebration of love in all its forms. The book beautifully showcases the bonds that tie families and friends together, illustrating how a shared meal can become a powerful symbol of connection and affection. Through heartwarming stories and mouthwatering dishes, MacDonald eloquently communicates that love transcends distance and time, reminding us of the enduring importance of cherishing the people and moments that matter most. 

The book is a visual treat, with elegant photography by Mary Jane’s daughter Margie, that captures the essence of each dish and the emotions that accompany them. The vibrant colors and meticulous attention to detail make the recipes come alive, igniting the reader’s imagination and encouraging them to embark on their own culinary creations. 

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Love Without Measure is a captivating blend of personal narrative, culinary exploration, and heartfelt connections. Mary Janet MacDonald’s unique ability to seamlessly meld stories and recipes is a testament to her passion for both cooking and sharing her life’s journey. This book is not just a cookbook; it’s a testament to the power of love and food to bring people closer, bridging gaps and creating cherished memories that last a lifetime. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a memoir lover, or simply seeking a heartwarming read, this book is a must-have addition to your collection. Purchase the book at or win your very own heartwarming copy in our Giveaway section.

Tunes and Wooden Spoons- by Mary Janet MacDonald – Dartmouth Book Exchange

Contents and images used with permission by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing