A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

by Molly Wizenberg
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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

When Molly Wizenberg's father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions for a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn't possible to resume life as though nothing had happened. So she went to Paris, a city that held vivid memories of a childhood trip with her father, of early morning walks on the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter and the taste of her first pain au chocolat. She was supposed to be doing research for her dissertation, but more often, she found herself peering through the windows of chocolate shops, trekking across town to try a new pâtisserie, or tasting cheeses at outdoor markets, until one evening when she sat in the Luxembourg Gardens reading cookbooks until it was too dark to see, she realized that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen.

At first, it wasn't clear where this epiphany might lead. Like her long letters home describing the details of every meal and market, Molly's blog Orangette started out merely as a pleasant pastime. But it wasn't long before her writing and recipes developed an international following. Every week, devoted readers logged on to find out what Molly was cooking, eating, reading, and thinking, and it seemed she had finally found her passion. But the story wasn't over: one reader in particular, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from New York, found himself enchanted by the redhead in Seattle, and their email correspondence blossomed into a long-distance romance.

In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with thekitchen at its center. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won't be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416551058
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Molly Wizenberg, winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award, is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller, and her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, The Washington Post, The Art of Eating, and The Guardian, and on Saveur.com and Gourmet.com. She also cohosts the hit podcast Spilled Milk. She lives in Seattle with her husband Brandon Pettit, their daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice. She and Brandon own and run the restaurants Delancey and Essex.

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Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
kanellio65 More than 1 year ago
A HOMEMADE LIFE, a personal memoir, comes from Molly Wizenberg as she writes about her family and how food was always the center their lives seemed to revolve around. In each chapter, as she recounts her life, she tells stories about her family and herself and they all seem to wind up somehow back to some kind of food. Whether it is about a family gathering and what food they served, or a place they visited and something they ate while there, food shows up as a character in her memoir. With each story and chapter, comes a recipe or two described in a way that even I can follow. I found myself wishing I had all the ingredients on hand so many times so I could rush into my kitchen and try it right away. Her father's French toast, which I did make, is my favorite, so far. Of course, A HOMEMADE LIFE isn't one of the best books I have enjoyed in a long time JUST because of the food. It is a beautifully written, touching story of Molly's life and her special relationship with her family and her father in particular. The recipes she gives the reader are integral parts of the stories she tells. Whether growing up and learning to cook, or meeting and marrying her husband, or traveling to her beloved Paris, recipes and food play an integral part of making this book so personal and memorable. Whatever You Love, You Are. Molly Wizenberg's ex-boyfriend was in a band and they recorded an album by that title. In her book, Molly writes about what that title meant to her mainly in reference to her father's death. Her father, Burg as he was known, died after a short battle with cancer and A HOMEMADE LIFE is dedicated to him. Molly explains how more than anyone else she knows, her father "was what he loved. .He did what he did and was what he was." When you come right down to it, don't we all hope we can be that way as well? Molly loves to cook with such a passion and so much of that comes from her father. She says, "I am so my father's daughter. Whatever you love, oh yes, you are." I think this speaks volumes and to me is the reason I loved this book so very much.
Christine_Emming More than 1 year ago
As a longtime fan of Orangette, Molly Wizenberg's blog, I was one of a food-loving, dorksome crowd who raced to buy this book immediately. I savoured it for weeks - okay, A week -, allowing myself to read small bits at a time, hoping to eke out the snuggly feelings as long as possible. Wizenberg writes easily, sweetly, about food and family, wrapping flavors tightly together with memory. It's a soothing way to read about recipe development, one story at a time, meals building up like steps. Molly is relatable - writing about simple, comforting food without judgement or attitude. Readers will find her approach honest, honeyed and inspiring. Overall, the recipes here are cozy bits of Wizenberg history, splashed together sometimes haphazardly. Salad recipes abound, for which my vegetarian leanings are grateful, and desserts are hearty, flavorsome staples. Molly flipflops between clever tweaks on classic dishes and presenting the classic dish pared down to its basic essence. But either way, most are recipes you'll appreciate for their fuss-free directions and ingredient lists. Wizenberg's book is a charmer, stories and recipes alike.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Molly Wizenberg has written a beautiful tribute to her family, her father in particular, and to the soothing, comforting, exciting power of food. She starts by introducing us to her family, and before long you feel like one of them, in the kitchen late at night stirring, tasting, and baking Fresh Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears. She takes us to Paris and Seattle and we meet all her friends along the way. Molly gently leads us through Christmas with Espresso-Walnut Toffee, her father's battle with cancer with Italian Grotto Eggs, and to the French Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon that changed everything. Her stories are simple, like her food, but comforting and filling too. Molly Wizenberg is absolutely one of the best food writers I have read. She has a way of drawing you in, making you feel a part of the story, and she makes me itch to get in the kitchen and try her recipes! This is a book I will use often, mostly when I have the urge to cook, but can't decide what. I'll give this book to friends and family and hope they get the same feelings of contentment and joy from this book as I did.
MarianneJ More than 1 year ago
I picked this book for my bookclub and we all really enjoyed it. I prepared 7 recipes from the book and we had a gourmet dinner the evening of our meeting. It really helped us discuss the book. Everyone loved the food and I am still receiving comments about the dinner and the book.The wine wasn't bad either. We also enjoyed port with her Winning hearts and minds cake. The cake was so good we all swooned!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book
Luckygranadma More than 1 year ago
I liked it, lots of good information, presented in a nice, relaxed and entertaining style.
slsMO More than 1 year ago
I haven't even finished the book yet, but came on the site to order two copies for friends. This isn't a book you pass on, it is one you keep on your shelf - in the kitchen! I was not familiar with the author before I stumbled upon this book but I couldn't be more pleased. A Homemade Life is entertaining, easy to read, and full of great recipes put into context of the author's life (in a way that you can see them being a part of your own).
Sales_Girl More than 1 year ago
It was one of those books that you just don't want to put down but rather stay under covers until you have finished every single chapter. It also makes me wanna cook as I feel I can be part of each Molly's adventure...
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AT_STL More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read, interesting, heartfelt and with the added bonus of good recipes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok read and good recipes.
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I learned of this book from my daughter-in-law and have since gifted it on to my niece. Not only is it well written and generally a good read...the recipes!!! The instructions are simple to follow and taste as delicious as they are described. I love that the types of recipes evolve with the story line. It is one of my favorite cookbooks now, stained with balsamic, flour, and parmegianno regianno.
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Charged77 More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift because I started to bake and a blog. I could not put this book down. The recipes were amazing and very simple to do. I felt like I was with Molly in her adventures and travels. I HIGHLY recommend it!!
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