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Bon Appetempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

Bon Appetempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

by Amelia Morris
Bon Appetempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

Bon Appetempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

by Amelia Morris


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When Amelia Morris saw a towering, beautiful chocolate cake in Bon Appétit and took the recipe home to recreate it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting, it resulted in a terrible (but tasty) mess that had to be served in an oversize bowl. It was also a revelation. Both delicious and damaged, it seemed a physical metaphor for the many curious and unexpected situations she's found herself in throughout her life, from her brief career as a six-year-old wrestler to her Brady Bunch-style family (minus the housekeeper and the familial harmony) to her ill-fated twenty-something job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles.
As a way to bring order to chaos and in search of a more meaningful lifestyle, she finds herself more and more at home in the kitchen, where she begins to learn that even if the results of her culinary efforts fall well short of the standard set by glossy food magazines, they can still bring satisfaction (and sustenance) to her and her family and friends.
Full of hilarious observations about food, family, unemployment, romance, and the extremes of modern L.A., and featuring recipes as basic as Toasted Cheerios and as advanced as gâteau de crêpes, BON APPÉTEMPT is sure to resonate with anyone who has tried and failed, and been all the better for it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455549368
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Amelia Morris is the creator of Bon Appétempt, which Time magazine named as one of the twenty-five best blogs of 2012. Her work has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Splendid Table,,, and McSweeney's. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she was the recipient of the Margaret Shannon Morton Fellowship.

She currently lives on the east side of Los Angeles with her husband, baby son, and small dog.

Table of Contents

1 How to Toast a Cheerio 1

2 All of Them Had Hair of Gold 10

3 A Tale of Two Cities 17

4 Not So Terrific 26

5 September 34

6 Giving Thanks, Sort of 38

7 The Saturday Boy 43

8 A Major in Creative Writing with a Minor in Tortured Self-Reflection in One's Journal 48

9 The Wrong, Long Path 62

10 Parasites in My Eyes 78

11 The Road to Vons Is Paved with Pavement 85

12 Starting from Scratch 91

13 Learning on the Job 97

14 Call Me Ishmael Mealy 105

15 The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Engagement Ring? 111

16 Food Fight 116

17 Food Fight, Part II 124

18 The Joy of Cooking 134

19 Great Expectations 140

20 A Feast of Failure 155

21 Arising Out of Necessity 169

22 Reconsidering the Oyster 178

23 There's No Cream in Pasta Carbonara 186

24 Enjoying the Process 195

25 Crêpes Are Pronounced Krehps, and If You Make Enough of Them, You'll Get a Gâteau 205

26 Embrace Yourself, Avoid Canola Oil 213

27 Neither Magnificent nor Abominable 224

28 Bringing It All Back Home 232

29 Our Many Lives 243

30 Be Careful When Hammering Your Life into Shape 253

31 Figuring It Out for Yourself 263

32 2013 273

Epilogue 297

Acknowledgments 301

What People are Saying About This

Edan Lepucki

If you like Laurie Colwin and MFK Fisher, you'll love Amelia Morris and Bon Appétempt. It's a charming, thoughtful, and touching memoir about growing up and becoming the person and artist you've always wanted to be--both inside and outside the kitchen. --Edan Lepucki, author of California

Molly Wizenberg

I picked up Bon Appetempt on a flight, planning to read for maybe five minutes before taking a nap, and when I finally came up for air, three hours had passed. (Readers: consider yourselves warned!) Smart, funny, and most of all human, Amelia Morris is a winning storyteller, even when she's losing at everything. I love this book. --Molly Wizenberg, author of Delancey and A Homemade Life

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