My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) [NOOK Book]

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“Luisa has a way of telling a story that’s nothing short of entrancing.” —Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook



Chocolate and Zucchini. 101 Cookbooks. The Julie/Julia Project. In the early days of food blogs, these were the pioneers whose warmth and recipes turned their creators’ kitchens into beloved web destinations. Luisa Weiss was working in New York ...
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My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)

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Overview

“Luisa has a way of telling a story that’s nothing short of entrancing.” —Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook



Chocolate and Zucchini. 101 Cookbooks. The Julie/Julia Project. In the early days of food blogs, these were the pioneers whose warmth and recipes turned their creators’ kitchens into beloved web destinations. Luisa Weiss was working in New York when she decided to cook her way through her massive recipe collection. The Wednesday Chef, the cooking blog she launched to document her adventures, charmed readers around the world. But Luisa never stopped longing to return to her childhood home in Berlin. A food memoir with recipes, My Berlin Kitchen deliciously chronicles how she finally took the plunge and went across the ocean in search of happiness—only to find love waiting where she least expected it.
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Publishers Weekly
Shuttled as a child of divorced parents between her Italian mother’s residence in Berlin and her mathematician father’s apartment near Boston, Weiss found a refuge for her “divided heart” in cooking. Living in New York City as a young publishing assistant and scout, she lived for a while with the companionable Sam, assuaging her career dissatisfaction by cooking and eventually starting a blog inspired by Julie Powell’s, called the Wednesday Chef, in which Weiss winnowed through stacks of recipes over a year and become a masterful cook, with Sam as eager guinea pig. Despite plans for marriage, however, at age 30, Weiss recognized how much she missed Berlin; resolved to stop being the obedient, dutiful daughter and make herself happy first, she moved back to the city in 2009, hooking up with an old boyfriend, Max, and finding the pieces of her life converging beautifully. Although the German temperament (described variously as blunt, languid, and simple) didn’t always suit her, and she couldn’t find bitter greens that she loved in New York, she threw herself into making some of the traditional German favorites such as seasonal baking of plum cake (Zwetschgen) and Kartoffelsalat. Recipes include some curious crowd-pleasers such as Rote Grutze with vanilla sauce and slow-baked quince, but also Italian tried-and-true dishes like ragu alla Bolognese and pizza Napoletana—since this thoughtful, earnestly winning memoir naturally ends in an Italian wedding. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
In her debut, The Wednesday Chef blogger recounts her life in and out of the kitchen. Weiss grew up shuttling between Berlin, where her Italian mother lived, and Brookline, Mass., home of her American father. As an adult, she moved from Paris to New York, where she began a food blog, until finally returning to Berlin to marry. Unfortunately, this coming-of-age memoir (with recipes) is fretful and flabby, and much of the prose violates the show-don't-tell rule of writing. In one section, she describes how a pigeon almost collides with her head, interpreting the event as a sign from the universe that she should break up with her fiancé. In the hands of a more experienced writer, this could have been a gripping, even moving, discovery, but Weiss' retelling of the event is unfocused and rambling--more fit for a stream-of-consciousness blog than a full-length book. Each overinflated chapter closes with a recipe from the author's blog or from her personal life. A few of the recipes (e.g., spaghetti with breadcrumbs, capers and parsley) are so rudimentary, anyone who knows their way around a kitchen may wonder why they were included at all. But many more are ludicrously complicated, such as poppy-seed breakfast rolls that take more than three hours to make and "don't keep well, so make sure to eat them warm the morning they're made." Still others require ingredients most Americans will be unable to find--e.g., one recipe calls for "20 to 25 elderflower sprays." Weiss' suggestion is to "look for them in the wild." Much of the often-clunky writing leads to queasy descriptions of food, like a white asparagus salad "slurped up…lustily" and an "unctuous, quivering ragù." Half-baked and unappetizing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101601129
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 208,142
  • File size: 976 KB

Meet the Author

Luisa Weiss was born in West Berlin and spent her childhood shuttling back and forth between her Italian mother in Berlin and her American father in Boston. She now lives in Berlin with her husband and son.
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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!

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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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