Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 2009
Genre: Non-Fiction / Food Writing
Last Spring I discovered a great blog written by a young woman who talks about her life and the food she likes to prepare. In particular, I like the way she talks about her family, friends, and everyday life. In addition to very good writing, her recipes and photographs are excellent.
The blog is Orangette and the blogger is Molly Wisenberg. In addition to her blog and cooking, Molly has opened a restaurant in Seattle and written a book. Delancey is her restaurant and A Homemade Life is her book. I couldn’t get to the restaurant, but at least I could read her book.
The book is a memoir centered around food and the recipes she loves. In each chapter Molly shares memories of the people and events in her life and how all of that relates to food. Then she shares the recipe and how it is made.
Her style of writing is what captured me. In both the recipes and her memories she’s casual, as if she’s talking to a friend. It reminded me of the writings of Laurie Colwin. I especially like this style when it comes to her recipes. It makes following the preparation of the dish very easy.
The memories Molly shares of her father, who was obviously a tremendous influence in her life, will endear her to you. She tells of the various special dishes he made such as his potato salad and french toast. Molly shares the making of eggs for him as he was dying. She also includes some of her mom’s spectacular desserts.
As the book progresses, Molly shares her own experiences both in and out of the kitchen. I enjoyed her trip to Paris and hearing about the romance between she and her husband. (She met him through her blog.)
Each of Molly’s experiences in the book is linked to food, including the chocolate cake she served at her wedding. None of the recipes are complicated or beyond the ability of the average cook. As I read each chapter, I wanted to try out each recipe. You will probably want to do the same.
There are many layers to this book. It’s deep. It was one of the first books I downloaded on my Kindle when I bought it last summer. I’ve been reading a few chapters every week. It’s pure enjoyment for a foodie like me. I hope you’ll give it a try. If you’ve already read A Homemade Life, tell me your impression.
For more information:
Molly’s blog: Orangette
Book Club guide and questions: here.
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table is available at Amazon.
Talking about food is a regular feature on my blog. I love to talk about food almost as much as I love to eat it. Other bloggers like to talk about food too. You can read their food posts by clicking over to Beth Fish Reads and her Weekend Cooking feature.