The Wednesday Chef cooks her heart out, finds her way home, and shares her recipes with us
It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right can feel deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad perfectionist broke off her engagement to a handsome New Yorker, quit her dream job, and found her way to a new life, a new man, and a new home in Berlin—one recipe at a time.
Luisa Weiss grew up with a divided heart, shuttling back and forth between her father in Boston and her Italian mother in Berlin. She was always yearning for home—until she found a new home in the kitchen. Luisa started clipping recipes in college and was a cookbook editor in New York when she decided to bake, roast, and stew her way through her by then unwieldy collection over the course of one tumultuous year. The blog she wrote to document her adventures in (and out) of the kitchen, The Wednesday Chef, soon became a sensation. But she never stopped hankering for Berlin.
Luisa will seduce you with her stories of foraging for plums in abandoned orchards, battling with white asparagus at the tail end of the season, orchestrating a three-family Thanksgiving in Berlin, and mending her broken heart with batches (and batches) of impossible German Christmas cookies. Fans of her award-winning blog will know the happy ending, but 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.36(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.09(d)|
About the Author
Luisa Weiss was born in West Berlin and spent her childhood between Berlin and Boston. She started The Wednesday Chef, an award-winning food blog, in 2005. She has worked as a cookbook editor in Paris and New York and now lives in Berlin with her husband, Max.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A well written, quick read - Weiss is easy to love. I've tried a few recipes and they've come out great!
I loved this book. the author connects all of her memories to food & family, which is really my style of book. I actually read the entire book in one sitting. The recipes, those of which I have tried, have obviously been tested & work well. I am a sucker for a good love story & this book certainly is that. The conclusion of the book is satisfying & I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes, love, food & a good story
Food and cooking can create very vibrant, emotional memories, which is why this memoir was so intriguing to me. Weiss recounts her life with an emphasis on food: which recipes were taught by which family members, which foods evoke which memories and why, how food has been her anchor through various life events, etc. The idea itself is excellent, and even the writing isn't bad. My only problem was that I found myself constantly thinking "Don't stop there! Go deeper!" Each chapter began with such promise, drawing me into Weiss' world, making me feel her emotions. Then the time came to bring food into the mix, and I was sharply yanked away from my growing connection with the author so that she could share a recipe. Some chapters felt more forced than others. I think it would have been wise for the publishers to suggest that she insert a recipe where it intersected with the story, not just because a chapter was about to end. The idea of the book is really great, but in the end, the emphasis on food and providing recipes hindered my connection with the author and ultimately felt gimmicky. As for the recipes themselves, many of the ingredients are foreign and would be difficult to find and expensive to purchase (though Weiss does offer suggestions on occasion). Most of them are nothing I'd want to put the effort into trying, but then, I'm only an average cook.