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My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    A well written, quick read - Weiss is easy to love. I've tried a

    A well written, quick read - Weiss is easy to love. I've tried a few recipes and they've come out great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    I loved this book. the author connects all of her memories to f

    I loved this book. the author connects all of her memories to food & family, which is really my style of book. I actually read the entire book in one sitting. The recipes, those of which I have tried, have obviously been tested & work well. I am a sucker for a good love story & this book certainly is that. The conclusion of the book is satisfying & I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes, love, food & a good story

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    Good Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Food and cooking can create very vibrant, emotional memories, which is why this memoir was so intriguing to me. Weiss recounts her life with an emphasis on food: which recipes were taught by which family members, which foods evoke which memories and why, how food has been her anchor through various life events, etc. The idea itself is excellent, and even the writing isn't bad. My only problem was that I found myself constantly thinking "Don't stop there! Go deeper!"

    Each chapter began with such promise, drawing me into Weiss' world, making me feel her emotions. Then the time came to bring food into the mix, and I was sharply yanked away from my growing connection with the author so that she could share a recipe. Some chapters felt more forced than others. I think it would have been wise for the publishers to suggest that she insert a recipe where it intersected with the story, not just because a chapter was about to end.

    The idea of the book is really great, but in the end, the emphasis on food and providing recipes hindered my connection with the author and ultimately felt gimmicky. As for the recipes themselves, many of the ingredients are foreign and would be difficult to find and expensive to purchase (though Weiss does offer suggestions on occasion). Most of them are nothing I'd want to put the effort into trying, but then, I'm only an average cook.

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