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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table chapter 1 A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, meaning A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, genre A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, book cover A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, flies A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table c496deb61cd22 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 Often, She Found Herself Peering Through The Windows Of Chocolate Shops, Trekking Across Town To Try A New P Tisserie, 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 KitchenAt 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 RomanceIn 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


10 thoughts on “A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

  1. says:

    Every once in a while I come across someone who makes me wonder What I was doing when God was handing out talent No, really WHAT was I doing Begging some mid level angel to send me to a pastry making family in Paris while rocket science intellect and supermodel looks were being passed out like Halloween candy two lines down One thing s certain I was not in line with author Molly Wizenberg Actually, I m not sure anyone was in line with her that fateful pre mortal day She reminds me of the kid who is the last trick or treater of the night so you dump the entire bowl of candy into her bag I think God did just that He dumped an entire bowl of talent into her bag Yes, this is a cookbook, but not in the glossy photo Barefoot Contessa sort of way Instead, each recipe is introduced with an essay that is so well written and downright charming you ll immediately forgive Molly for not having any pictures The essays are all I really paid attention to I breezed past the recipes so I can t tell you if the chocolate cake, which has enough butter to make your cardiologist gasp, is a keeper Or if pickled grapes are as delicious as Molly promises I m not optimistic But this book isn t about the recipes It s about why the recipes matter Knowing if this book will matter to you is easy check out Molly s blog at If you like the blog you ll like this book.


  2. says:

    4.5 Foodoir extraordinaire Along with Ruth Reichl s Comfort Me with Apples, this tops my foodie reading of the year I liked it even better than Delancey, which is a terrific book about opening a pizza restaurant in Seattle with her husband Here we get the prequel the death of her father Burg from cancer, time spent living in Paris, building a new life in Seattle, starting her now famous food blog Orangette , and meeting her husband Brandon through it Each brief autobiographical essay is perfectly formed and followed by a relevant recipe, capturing precisely how food is tied up with her memories I write about food and cooking, and in that sense, I aim to be informative, but I write about my life some, too, since it intersects with food roughly three times a day I don t think many of us are terribly interested in recipes that have no stories or real life context For me, the two are inseparable One is pale and boring without the other.Wizenberg s very fond of salad, but also of cake, and every recipe is full on in terms of flavors and ingredients None of your low fat, cutting corners nonsense here just straight up delicious food I made her chocolate cupcake recipe in cake form for my husband s birthday, and I d eat any of the other dishes described.Other favorite passages A classic among classic French desserts, tarte Tatin is essentially a sexed up apple pie a housewife in stilettos, you could say It starts with wedges of apple caramelized to a deep amber, their juices mingling with butter and sugar to yield a complex flavour that verges on hard cider Covered with a sheet of puff pastry, baked to golden, and then inverted, the apples sit coyly atop their many layered blanket like Ingres s Grande Odalisque on her chaise Dolloped with cr me fra che, tarte Tatin doesn t dally with small talk It reaches for your leg under the table.Like my mother before me, I m a baker by nature precise, obedient, and fiercely devoted to my digital scale My mother taught me early on that a recipe should always be followed strictly the first time through, with no tweaking or second guessing You give it an honest try, see how it goes, and then you can tinker to your heart s content I find a deep, abiding satisfaction in following instructions all the ironic, then, that she married a kitchen innovator who makes things up as he goes along and is strangely obsessed with pickling things


  3. says:

    I m sincerely baffled by the glowing reviews and book jacket blurbs from talented, capable writers and chefs like David Leibovitz This book is AWFUL The writing is trite and painfully unedited Molly Wizenburg writes as if she s 60 and writing a touching memoir, when she in fact is oversharing about her twenties only a couple years later The whole thing was overly precious and read like the diary of a 14 year old who thinks she is a special unicorn because her parents love her and she met a boy Actually, she includes an excerpt of food writing she did when she was 16, and she really hasn t developed much since as a writer This book is Exhibit A of why blogs don t always make good books, and need some work between the two mediums to make the shift None of these chapters would have bothered me as blog posts in fact, I like Orangette This should have been published as a collection of recipes with glossy photos One star for the book, one star for the recipes which actually do look really good.


  4. says:

    I read this immediately after It Sucked and Then I Cried, and that was probably one too many books based on blogs in a row I don t read her blog, Orangette, but I m guessing this material works much better in blog format It was very lightweight.Also, while I m glad the author and her husband are happy, she s really gushy about their relationship She sounds very young It s like Twilight, but with cooking instead of vampires None of the recipes jumped out at me as anything I want to make.


  5. says:

    I laughed, I cried, I put bouchons au thon on my weekly menu.Molly Wizenberg is basically my generation s M.F.K Fisher Her recipes are fantastic, her descriptions are apt but that all pales in comparison with the simple fact that her writing is full of life and joy I ve been a follower of her blog, Orangette, for some time now and I find I can always rely on Molly for a great recipe, wonderful story and stunning photography But the book transcends that it s something It s a glimpse into a life that, while young and nowhere near over yet, has been exceptionally well lived Molly is committed to eating well, laughing deeply and often, and loving joyously and she has carried out that mission both in times of tragedy and of great happiness I can t imagine how anyone can do better, and I m so grateful that she shares peeks into her life every week on Orangette and in this delightful book.


  6. says:

    I picked up this book because I really wanted to know how someone has a blog one day and a decent selling book the next Yes, I understand that it probably didn t go down quite that simple, but you know what I mean.That s what I wanted to find out from reading this book But before I started reading it, I checked out Molly s blog site, Orangette.After visiting Orangette, I just wanted to get to know Molly and try cooking her recipes I knew that I had a real love for food as deep as hers, and if I could express it in words, it would be in the stories of my life, just like hers Molly makes me want to eat my way through life Through its joys Through its sorrows Through its ordinary days Making everyday memorable and extraordinary through the recollections of food experiences Making friendships and family relationships shine even brighter as they are recalled over the favorite meals that we shared.A Homemade Life made me realize that my life is already filled with these kinds of moments I just needed to be prompted to cherish the memories.


  7. says:

    i would have given this book four stars, because i have tried a few of the recipes they are pretty delicious, the book definitely inspired me to cook experiment in the kitchen, which is awesome but halfway through the book, which seems to a be a loosely chronological cooking related autobiography, the author marries some dude she met through her blog the qaulity of both the writing the recipes went way downhill the dude she married is vegetarian maybe even vegan i can vouch for the fact that vegetarians eat plenty of delicious food there are many exciting vegetarian recipes in the world, but pretty much all she offers from here on out are salad recipes who the fuck needs a recipe for salad it s seriously shit like, wash off some lettuce sprinkle with vinagairette garnish with ground pepper a few sliced cherry tomatoes serve umthanks i never could have figured that out on my own.i also have a bit of an issue with people writing about losing their parents when their parents are really old if your parent dies is older than 70, that s really sad i don t want to diminish the extent of your loss, but also, zip it or at least have some respect for those of us whose parents have died at way younger ages i don t like to get into death related pissing contests, but i would definitely like to read stuff from folks my age whose parents died relatively young i find it difficult to relate to people who lost a parent to cancer at age 78 or whatever i was barely 23 when my dad died he was only 48 no one saw it coming i don t know the author s dad certainly sounded like an exciting cook, i d try his french toast recipe if i weren t afraid of seizing up dying from a grease induced heart attack on the spot, but we all have to deal with our parents dying eventually if we re lucky actually out live them sucks, but deal.my far larger issue was all the writing about how great her husband is, how they fell in love through her blog when he wrote to ask if she had a certain cake recipe a friend was seeking, all the preparations that went into their wedding menu, etc etc here s a tip from me to the rest of the world your romantic relationships are really interesting to you hopefully to the people you have relationships with the rest of really do not give a fuck we don t care about your delight over the way his hair curls, or how anxious you were about your outfit the first time you met we don t really need forty pages detailing the way you basically ripped off your friend s wedding wholesale but made your own cake we just don t care i love my partner too, but i don t labor under the delusion that anyone else gives a fuck about it despite the fact that he is also a really good cook.like i said, this book made me want to cook, that is a good thing it also kind of made me want to go to france, but i hope i have the self respect not to have a redezvous with a french teenage boy who never calls me again causes me to weep then write about it years later in my memoir especially because i m almost 30, so hooking up with teenagers would be gross on a lot of levels i get kind of sick of solidly middle class americans going on on about their love of france as if it gives them some mysterious je ne sais quois evidence that their fondness for cooking is truly sophisticated because it was honed in a country famous for its cuisine, butwhatever i kind of chose to like this book, i probably could have hated it if i d read it in a different mood but the custard filled cornbread recipe is really good eat it with honey instead of maple syrup.


  8. says:

    I heard of this book from a couple of sources and decided to pick it up I now feel that Molly Wizenberg and I are best friends, and I have not yet even visited her blog, called Orangette Great bedtime reading, as the chapters are quite short, each ending with usually one but maybe two recipes and then I d tell myself, what would one hurt so I d read Her recipes are written as prose, leading you through each step Along the way, she writes about her childhood, and since she is the same age as my oldest, I can relate to that , her family in great detail, her love of things French, and the entry of the love of her life She makes such simple things so satisfying to read about, like everyday stuff we all experience, and yes, all of them are food connected I d really never thought about that, and it was truly food for thought, excuse the pun I intend to check out Orangette for sure, and also intend to try her recipes somehow I don t think they ll disappoint Mostly, I hope you get the idea that this book was WAY than I had expected, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who reads thisheartily For me, this is the height of satisfaction If I lend it to you, I d better get it back


  9. says:

    This book encompasses two pet peeves of mine the blog to book craze and the cookbook book combination Blogs fodder is not always great book fodder I enjoy a well written blog, but I am less forgiving of a book that is not so well written I am not saying this book is not well written, but I do think that the flow of the stories feel like blog posts than short stories to me As for the cookbook book issue, it s a personal matter of wondering where to house a book like this Is it a proper book that should reside on the bookshelf, or is it a cookbook that should be used and show some signs of use I enjoyed this book, and I found a few of the stories rather touching However, I also found myself rushing through a few stories because they were too personal journal for me Overall, this is a nice collection of recipes and their backstories.


  10. says:

    Molly Wizenberg has a wonderfully flattering way of writing about food and people She makes both sound delightful While readers of A Homemade Life will wish they could sit down with Molly over salad and cheese, they will especially wish they could know all these charming people her father, mother, husband, and various friends in Oklahoma, Paris, and Seattle Molly describes each in a vivid way that says, I love this person I want to share him with you And with each person comes a recipe I am looking forward to making Burg s potato salad, Lisa s scones, Brandon s chana masala, and Molly s chocolate cake A Homemade Life is a winning book about Molly and the people in her life We are fortunate to get to meet them, and eat with them, too.


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