Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites

by Kate Christensen
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Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen

A delectable memoir about the transformative power of food, Blue Plate Special is a deeply personal narrative in which food becomes the vehicle for exploring a life. Here, novelist Kate Christensen tells her own story, from her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a legal activist who ruled the house with his fists to her extraordinary success as a PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author. Hungry not just for food, but for love and a sense of belonging, Christensen writes honestly about her struggle to find the contentment she has always yearned for. A beautifully written account of a knockabout life, full of sorrows, pleasures—and, of course, food—Blue Plate Special is a delicious reading experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307951106
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 587,427
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Christensen is the author of six novels, including The Astral. The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has published reviews and essays in numerous publications, such as the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, O, Elle, and Gilt Taste. She writes an occasional drinks column called With a Twist for The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Portland, Maine. Her blog can be accessed at:

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Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
IzzyBIB More than 1 year ago
This is an unusual memoir, but very good. I enjoyed the author's pace of writing. The story deals with the author's struggles and successes. I truly enjoyed this book.
Luke90210 More than 1 year ago
Kate Christensen exhibits a very unique writing style in her memoir Blue Plate Special. She ties moments in her history to food - the taste, the preparation, the enjoyment thereof. It is an interesting book of a woman going from childhood to successful adult. I encourage you to give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book is well written, it is NOTHING like Laurie Colwin, who writes beautifully and evocatively about food. This book is about growing up in an abusive household and consuming alcohol and a little bit about food. I will not be rereading this book and I regret purchasing it.
Mari-Kate9 More than 1 year ago
don't bother-a chore to get through and definitely NOT what i was expecting.  having borrowed this to read it, i'm really happy that i didn't waste my money on it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue Plate Special was the selected reading for our book club for the April meeting. I have to say that it was one of the poorest written books I have ever attempted to read. While I failed to finish it, the other members read it to the bitter end. No one liked the book. No one cared about the writer or her family. It did not engage any of us, and we all wondered how it ever got published. For my part, I read about a third of the book and decided to spend my time more wisely and enjoyably. When you find yourself rewriting sentences and paragraphs and wondering why the editor hadn't made these suggestions, its time to quit. I almost always finish every book I start. This was just so awful, I could not do it.