At Home With Kate offers an inside look at Katherine Hepburn’s life and home, from the vantage of Eileen Considine-Meara, daughter of Hepburn’s live-in cook and housekeeper. This extraordinary book reveals the real woman behind the icon, sharing her daily rituals and telling stories of the many famous friends she frequently entertained, including Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, Robert Wagner, and many more.
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About the Author
EILEEN CONSIDINE-MEARA is the daughter of Norah Considine, who was Katharine Hepburn's cook and housekeeper in Hepburn's Turtle Bay town house and Connecticut estate for thirty years, starting when the author was ten. In addition to cooking and serving Hepburn's meals and arranging her social events, Norah Considine and her daughter, who frequently lent a hand, became close confidants and friends of the film icon.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments.Prologue. The Mayor of 49th Street. Cooking Lessons. Flamande Salad: The Recipe. Generosity. Drawing. Irene Selznick. Chicken Loaf: The Recipe. A Friend in Need. Fenwick. Kate’s Brother Dick. Helping My Family. Kate’s Only Husband. Mass for Spencer. Visiting Aunt Jenny. Jack Larson. Norah’s Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast: The Recipe. Fans. Helping Irene. Stephen Sondheim’s Chef. Norah’s Rum Cake: The Recipe. Opening Night Party. The Irish Mafia. Katharine Houghton. Kate’s Friend Laura Harding. Laura’s Lemon Gelatin Dessert: The Recipe. Spencer’s Daughter. What’s Left Unsaid. Jane Fonda. Barbara Walters. The Flower Torrent. Martina Navratilova. Cynthia McFadden. Fenwick Meatloaf: The Recipe. The Missing Madonna and Child. St. Paddy’s Day. Kate, Norah, and Money. Discoveries. The Handyman. Kate’s Brownies: The Recipe. Maureen’s Big News. Stephen Sondheim, The Technician. Stephen Sondheim’s Gazpacho: The Recipe. Entertaining Molly. Dinner with Michael Jackson. Driving to Boca. Hilly’s Chicken Piccata: The Recipe. Mom’s Wedding Brooch. Two Generations of Courage. Robert Wagner. Sidney Poitier. Norah’s Lace Cookies: The Recipe. My Boyfriend. In the Garden with Kate. Liz Smith. Dinner for a Crowd. Norah’s Beef Stew: The Recipe. Garson Kanin’s Betrayal. Honor at the Kennedy Center. Biographies and Autobiographies. Lauren Bacall. Anthony Quinn. Kate’s Favorite Beet Soup: The Recipe. Mom’s Boss and My Wedding. Warren Beatty. An Invitation from Bob Dylan. Mom’s Hot Toddy: The Recipe. Caring for Kate. Letting Go. Index.
What People are Saying About This
"Here are the memories, the people, the recipes that were closest to Kate Hepburn's heart—her extended family under the guidance of the great caretaker and cook Norah and Norah's loving Irish heirs. This is an unusual look from downstairs to upstairs at the long life of America's #1 female Oscar-winning star. You can never get closer to the great Kate than with this memoir/scrapbook/treasure trove of Hepburn goodies! A don't-miss for collectors."
—Liz Smith, syndicated columnist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
very enjoyable-easy read
Wonderful book and photos. I felt I was getting true information because of the source. I want to know even more about this icon.
As an avid reader of anything Katharine Hepburn, I immediately picked up this book and zipped through it in a day. It is written by the daughter of one of Kate's assistants and close friends, Norah. The chapters were short and sweet, briefly mentioning people and incidents from Kate's colorful life. Various recipes also popped up here and there which added something different. The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was the author's choice of format: 'My mom this,' 'My mom that.' On and on and on. Yes, dear Author, we get the point that your mother was around Ms. Hepburn on a daily basis. Personally, I'd prefer to hear the stories, which were very entertaining and worthwhile, without the 'My mother' bit that almost always preceded the actual story.