Monday, July 19, 2010

A Homemade Life - Molly Wizenberg

I like food. I like cooking it, I like eating it, I like talking about it, and I like reading about it. I like food memoirs. I love MFK Fisher, John Thorne, Laurie Colwin. I enjoyed Nigel Slater’s books, and Ruth Reichl’s sort-of-food-memoirs.
I have cooked my way through Bonny Wolf’s Talking with my Mouth Full and Michael Lee West’s Consuming Passions. So when I first picked up A Homemade Life at the library a year or so ago, I was pretty sure I’d at least enjoy reading it.

The first third is mostly about her charming, idiosyncratic, but loving family. The middle third of the book is situated in Paris where she studies and then teaches for a chunk of time, and the last third is about starting her blog, Orangette, and meeting her husband.

The recipes separate a decent food memoir from a stellar one, and these recipes look divine. The chapter on Molly’s mother’s Christmas cookies made me vow to buy it the minute it came out in paperback, and so I did; I plan to crank out some of the fruit-nut balls this December for teacher gifts. I have at least a dozen other pages tabbed to try: her father’s potato salad, the ginger pear cake, the lemon yogurt cake, her exchange/foster mother’s tuna croquettes, the Dutch baby pancakes. The list goes on.

It’s precisely the sort of food book that makes you want to go rummage through the pantry for something delicious to eat.

9 comments:

Sarah Louise said...

Yum. Lemon yogurt cake sounds delish.

Mary said...

OK - that gets me back for Wolf Hall - could be expensive this swapping of book recommendations!

Beth said...

I've picked that book up and put it down about five times. I just got The Art of Eating In by Cathy Erway (another food blogger) from the library...hoping for some inspiration. Would like an update sometime on how those Christmas cookies turn out. :)

Badger said...

I've been meaning to get this book for AGES. And now maybe I will. But what this post really made me want to do is go back and re-read my Laurie Colwins.

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