My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, with Recipes

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It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right feels deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad romantic broke off her engagement, quit her dream job, and went across the ocean in search of happiness.

Luisa Weiss was working in New York after college and living with her future fiancé when she decided to bake, roast, and stew her way through ...

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Overview

It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right feels deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad romantic broke off her engagement, quit her dream job, and went across the ocean in search of happiness.

Luisa Weiss was working in New York after college and living with her future fiancé when she decided to bake, roast, and stew her way through the huge collection of recipes she’d been clipping and hoarding for years. The blog she wrote to document her adventures, The Wednesday Chef, soon became a sensation. But she never stopped longing for her childhood home in Berlin. After months of heartache and a painful breakup, Luisa decided to take the plunge and move back to Berlin.

Anyone who enjoyed Julie and Julia will laugh and cheer and cook alongside Luisa as she takes us into her heart and tells us how she gave up everything, only to find love waiting where she least expected it. Luisa will seduce you with stories of hunting for an apartment with her new German boyfriend, battling with white asparagus at the tail end of the season, orchestrating an awkward three-family Thanksgiving dinner, and working through the difficulties of settling into her new life by baking batches (and batches) of impossible German Christmas cookies.

She will have you rooting for Max, the first man to really understand her divided heart. And she will convince you that while Paris has its magic, when it comes to real inspiration in the kitchen, and in life, there is nothing like Berlin.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Readers of Weiss's popular cooking blog, thewednesdaychef.com, know some of her personal history: a childhood split between her father in Boston and her mother in Berlin, her young adulthood working in publishing in New York City, the broken engagement and subsequent move to Berlin, followed by falling in love all over again with the city and the man who would eventually become her husband. This memoir fills in some of the blanks, exploring the loneliness and alienation of a child who never quite feels at home wherever she is, the postcollege time in Paris when she learned that "there was no shame in realizing that living in Paris was far less magical than visiting it," and the debilitating heartbreak when an important relationship fails. But there is plenty of joy, too: summers at her grandparents' Italian farmhouse, falling in love, and, always, the pleasures of the kitchen. Each chapter closes with a recipe for a dish referenced in the text, most of which represent one of the places Weiss has called home: German dishes like Pflaumenkuchen (yeasted plum cake) and Erbsensuppe (pea soup), Italian specialities like Peperoni al Forno Conditi (roasted pepper salad) and Bracioline di Antonietta (grilled beef skewers), French fare including Braised Endives and Poulet Sauté à la Paysanne Provençale (a rustic chicken dish), and a few American dishes, like her father's recipe for something called Depression Stew. VERDICT This charming food memoir will prove enjoyable to anyone who loves Laurie Colwin or M.L.K. Fisher.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469236407
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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 started her much loved and highly acclaimed food blog, The Wednesday Chef, in 2005, and has worked as a literary scout and cookbook editor in New York. She now lives in Berlin with her husband and son.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Strange Little Island 1

Part 1

1 I Never Want to Leave 9

2 The Apple of His Eye 13

3 A Distant Memory 20

4 An Unfair Advantage 25

5 My Sicilian Uncle 33

6 The Matter of Breakfast 41

7 Depression Stew 46

8 At First Sight 54

9 Not At All Ready 61

Part 2

10 I Fell Hard and Fast 69

11 The Wednesday Chef 77

12 So Easy 84

13 A Divided Heart 91

14 Everything You Could Ever Want 97

15 It Shook Me Awake 106

16 Eating for Heartbreak 116

Part 3

17 A Solemn Oath 121

18 I Believe It Now 127

19 Leap and the Net Will Appear 136

20 A Chorus of Thousands 143

21 Crossroads of the World 148

Part 4

22 Not for the Faint of Heart 155

23 Light and Sparkle 163

24 That Sacred Space 169

25 Bitter Greens 179

26 Breaking the Spell 187

27 Yearning with a Vengeance 192

28 I'll Get It Right Next Time 198

29 I Decide to Be Brave 207

30 Friends and Neighbors 213

31 We've Come a Long Way 222

32 Turning Up the Heat 229

33 Such Abundance 234

34 Stunningly Complete 239

Part 5

35 The Happiest Man in the World 247

36 Thanksgiving in Berlin 252

37 Something of an Epiphany 258

38 Full of Rewards 267

39 The Perfect Place 274

40 All of Me 281

41 The Luckiest Girl 288

Acknowledgments 295

Index 299

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