Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels: Happy All the Time, Family Happiness, Goodbye Without Leaving, Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object, and A Big Storm Knocked It Over; three collections of short stories: Passion and Affect, Another Marvelous Thing, and The Lone Pilgrim; and two collections of essays: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. She died in 1992.
Home Cookingby Laurie Colwin, Anna Shapiro
Share the unsurpassed pleasures of discovering, cooking, and eating good, simple food with this beloved book. Equal parts cookbook and memoir, Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking combines her insightful, good-humored writing style with her lifelong passion for wonderful cuisine in essays such as "Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant," "Repulsive Dinners: A Memoir," and "Stuffed Breast of Veal: A Bad Idea." Home Cooking is truly a feast for body and soul.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- June 14, 1944
- Date of Death:
- October 25, 1992
- Place of Birth:
- New York, New York
- Place of Death:
- New York, New York
- B.A., Bard College; M.A., Columbia University
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I discovered Laurie Colwin's books by reading a blog on the website of the (very sadly now lapsed) Gourmet magazine. I started by reading "Home Cooking" and then "More Home Cooking" and have moved on to her novels. If you like Barbara Pym novels, and if you like to cook and to think about food, you'll appreciate Laurie Colwin!
While reading this book, you will feel like you are sitting at the author's table, having a cup of coffee and reminiscing. Colwin has a gentle style and can paint a picture for you, transporting you right into her life. Before you know it you'll be laughing over her account of picky dinner guests, tiny kitchens, weird ingredients, disastrous cooking failures, and happy surprises. A short, pleasurable read, it will definitely make you want to hop in the kitchen and whip something tasty up.
I had always loved Laurie Colwin's fiction, and then I stumbled upon Home Cooking. With the same warmth and humor, Laurie Colwin invites you into her kitchen - combining stories of life and friendship with recipes that turn your kitchen into a cozy and welcoming place to spend time with family and friends. It is utterly charming - as was she.
NO ONE can live up to the wonderful food writings + memoirs of Ruth Reichl. This book by Colwin is poor at best. The essays are boring and give us no insight into Colwin's family, upbringing, and events that occured in her life. It is boring essays about cooking in a too small apartment kitchen or cooking pretentious boring bland food for her friends. The recipes included are too vauge, what is a large can of tomatoes, it is the 8 oz, 16 oz, or 28 oz can?!?!!?!?