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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Homemade Food for Thought

    A HOMEMADE LIFE, a personal memoir, comes from Molly Wizenberg as she writes about her family and how food was always the center their lives seemed to revolve around. In each chapter, as she recounts her life, she tells stories about her family and herself and they all seem to wind up somehow back to some kind of food. Whether it is about a family gathering and what food they served, or a place they visited and something they ate while there, food shows up as a character in her memoir. With each story and chapter, comes a recipe or two described in a way that even I can follow. I found myself wishing I had all the ingredients on hand so many times so I could rush into my kitchen and try it right away. Her father's French toast, which I did make, is my favorite, so far.

    Of course, A HOMEMADE LIFE isn't one of the best books I have enjoyed in a long time JUST because of the food. It is a beautifully written, touching story of Molly's life and her special relationship with her family and her father in particular. The recipes she gives the reader are integral parts of the stories she tells. Whether growing up and learning to cook, or meeting and marrying her husband, or traveling to her beloved Paris, recipes and food play an integral part of making this book so personal and memorable.

    Whatever You Love, You Are. Molly Wizenberg's ex-boyfriend was in a band and they recorded an album by that title. In her book, Molly writes about what that title meant to her mainly in reference to her father's death. Her father, Burg as he was known, died after a short battle with cancer and A HOMEMADE LIFE is dedicated to him. Molly explains how more than anyone else she knows, her father "was what he loved. .He did what he did and was what he was." When you come right down to it, don't we all hope we can be that way as well? Molly loves to cook with such a passion and so much of that comes from her father. She says, "I am so my father's daughter. Whatever you love, oh yes, you are." I think this speaks volumes and to me is the reason I loved this book so very much.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

    Molly Wizenberg is absolutely one of the best food writers I have read!

    Molly Wizenberg has written a beautiful tribute to her family, her father in particular, and to the soothing, comforting, exciting power of food. She starts by introducing us to her family, and before long you feel like one of them, in the kitchen late at night stirring, tasting, and baking Fresh Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears. She takes us to Paris and Seattle and we meet all her friends along the way. Molly gently leads us through Christmas with Espresso-Walnut Toffee, her father's battle with cancer with Italian Grotto Eggs, and to the French Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon that changed everything. Her stories are simple, like her food, but comforting and filling too.

    Molly Wizenberg is absolutely one of the best food writers I have read. She has a way of drawing you in, making you feel a part of the story, and she makes me itch to get in the kitchen and try her recipes! This is a book I will use often, mostly when I have the urge to cook, but can't decide what. I'll give this book to friends and family and hope they get the same feelings of contentment and joy from this book as I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Highly Recommend! Loved the recipes and the stories of Molly's life.

    I picked this book for my bookclub and we all really enjoyed it. I prepared 7 recipes from the book and we had a gourmet dinner the evening of our meeting. It really helped us discuss the book. Everyone loved the food and I am still receiving comments about the dinner and the book.The wine wasn't bad either. We also enjoyed port with her Winning hearts and minds cake. The cake was so good we all swooned!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    Loved It

    What a great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Good reading

    I liked it, lots of good information, presented in a nice, relaxed and entertaining style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    Loving it!

    I haven't even finished the book yet, but came on the site to order two copies for friends. This isn't a book you pass on, it is one you keep on your shelf - in the kitchen! I was not familiar with the author before I stumbled upon this book but I couldn't be more pleased. A Homemade Life is entertaining, easy to read, and full of great recipes put into context of the author's life (in a way that you can see them being a part of your own).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

    Absolutely breath taking

    It was one of those books that you just don't want to put down but rather stay under covers until you have finished every single chapter. It also makes me wanna cook as I feel I can be part of each Molly's adventure...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Great book---Great Recipes

    I learned of this book from my daughter-in-law and have since gifted it on to my niece. Not only is it well written and generally a good read...the recipes!!! The instructions are simple to follow and taste as delicious as they are described. I love that the types of recipes evolve with the story line. It is one of my favorite cookbooks now, stained with balsamic, flour, and parmegianno regianno.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

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    Amazing

    I got this book as a gift because I started to bake and a blog. I could not put this book down. The recipes were amazing and very simple to do. I felt like I was with Molly in her adventures and travels. I HIGHLY recommend it!!

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Grab a cup of coffee and French pastry!

    This is a wonderful book about the life of the author, Molly and how she grew up with food being a part of that life. Her father, Burg as he was affectionally called, had a wonderful love of food and life and passed this onto Molly. Each story is about a part of her life and ends with a recipe. How I can't wait to try them all! Great to give as a gift!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    lovely, inspiring book

    I picked this book up and read it in a day. My husband and I have a similar love story, and live in Seattle. I just love the story and the recipes. Reminiscent to Julie and Julia, inspires you to get in the Kitchen!

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    A book to savor

    "Is author Molly Wizenberg a gifted writer who loves food and loves to cook or a gifted cook who also tells a good story....does " A Homemade Life" belong on your cookbook shelf or next to your bed....the answer, I think, is "all of the above". The story of Molly's family and her life is cleverly woven with recipes for the food that is memorable and beloved by her. Each chapter can stand alone but once you start reading, you'll find yourself wanting "just a bit more"...I was as captivated by the delicious sounding recipes as I was by her writing style. The author's enjoyment of life shared around the kitchen table with those she loves is evident. After reading it, I didn't know whether to start sampling her recipes or start writing down the recipes that remind me of the shared love and history of my family members. This is a book to buy for a friend - you won't want to let it out of your kitchen long enough to lend it to them...."

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Sweet Book

    This book was very sweet. The essays fronting each recipe were stories of her life presented in an intelligent and witty format. The recipes are very good. My family especially enjoyed the cabbage recipe.

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