|A Homemade Life : Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg (2009, Hardcover) : Molly Wizenberg (Trade Cloth, 2009)|
|A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table ~ Molly Wizenberg ~ G|
Fairfax, VA, USA
|A memoir with a practical purpose and a cookbook with a life beyond the kitchen, this resource offers 50 recipes full of fresh flavors, and the author's lessons from the kitchen that show who people are, who they love, and who they want to be.|
When Molly Wizenberg's father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions for a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn't possible to resume life as though nothing had happened. So she went to Paris, a city that held vivid memories of a childhood trip with her father, of early morning walks on the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter and the taste of her first pain au chocolat. She was supposed to be doing research for her dissertation, but more often, she found herself peering through the windows of chocolate shops, trekking across town to try a new patisserie, or tasting cheeses at outdoor markets, until one evening when she sat in the Luxembourg Gardens reading cookbooks until it was too dark to see, she realized that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen.At first, it wasn't clear where this epiphany might lead. Like her long letters home describing the details of every meal and market, Molly's blog Orangette started out merely as a pleasant pastime. But it wasn't long before her writing and recipes developed an international following. Every week, devoted readers logged on to find out what Molly was cooking, eating, reading, and thinking, and it seemed she had finally found her passion. But the story wasn't over: one reader in particular, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from New York, found himself enchanted by the redhead in Seattle, and their email correspondence blossomed into a long-distance romance.In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won't be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots.
|Number Of Pages||336 pages|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|LC Classification Number||TX649.W588A3 2009|
|Dewey Decimal||641.5092 B|
Average review score based on 4 user reviews
Molly Wizenberg is honest and open in her writings, and very refreshing. The Winning Hearts and Minds chocolate cake is a new staple of mine, and all the other recipes I have made so far have been wonderful. I love how she ties memories to food, and then tells the reader exactly how to create the dish.
I am a loyal follower of Orangette, Molly's blog and the book was even more amazing. Her words and her recipes are equally delicious. I have already bookmarked recipes and used some excerpts from her writing! I recommend not reading on an empty stomach, you will drool enough on a full one!
I actually checked this book out at the library and loved all the recipes so much I decided I needed to own this one. What I love about the book is the chapters are not too long and each chapter ties into the recipe at the end of the chapter. I have made several of the recipes and they are great. The book is well written and very entertaining, you'll laugh and cry!
I decided to buy it because it was the book prescribed for a new book club I am participating in. It is also a local author and I was interested in hearing about her story. Have not read it yet, can not attest to the content of the book.