A Homemade Life

A Homemade Life

Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416551058
Branch Call Number: 921 WIZ
Characteristics: xi, 320 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Engman, Camilla


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VaughanPLRachelP Jan 19, 2017

When Molly writes about food, you believe her. Her recipes are amazing, but even better is the way she intertwines her life story with various foods from her childhood, or that have made an impact on her. It'll inspire you to think more about what you eat and why you're eating it, at least for a little bit.

Feb 24, 2015

This was a quick, easy, and satisfying read. Molly W. is a lovely writer and I enjoyed the seamless intertwining of life + recipes. I need to go out and buy this book now, for the recipes!!

May 06, 2014

A really enjoyable book but the recipes get lazier towards the end with several salad recipes.

Jan 02, 2013

This book starts out strong and I really like the author's voice. I found it got a bit weaker later on after she meets her partner and starts gushing about what "we" like.
The recipes look interesting though I haven't tried any yet.
I'm still not sure about the "blogs to books" phenomenon - I have yet to read one that has knocked my socks off.

Aug 29, 2012

She's fun, self-deprecating and a really great cook! So the recipes are interesting and easily do-able. She discusses her family, friends and career and comes across as someone you'd really enjoy having as a friend.

Aug 15, 2012

Winzenberg connects food with moments in her life. It's a tasty read. I made the tuna bouchons and think they are probably most glorious, delicious and amazing things I've ever made in my life. AND they were so simple to make.

Jun 05, 2012

Absolutely delightful. I was a fan of her blog before I read her book, and it didn't disappoint. Also not disappointing: the winning hearts & minds cake, the french-style yogurt cake with lemon, the chana masala, the banana bread....Ok, just get the book. And lay some butter out.

Jul 08, 2011

I made the tuna buchons, banana bread with chocolate and ginger, potato salad, and french toast. They were all pretty delicious. The best was the french toast and the tuna buchons.

Jun 04, 2011

This was a sweet set of stories about the author's life and how food and cooking was woven through it. I especially liked that many of the recipes were for homey, very un-trendy dishes, just like we all grew up eating.

The central thread is the story of her father and his influence on her life and culinary sensibilities, and then his heartbreaking demise. Very moving.

I will definitely try some of the recipes as I hear they are pretty tasty.

May 22, 2011

Great recipes and the story is a bonus. Local girl made good through a love of food.

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