Tasting It All: Tales and Recipes from a Restaurateur's Lifelong Journey of Food, Family, and Friendship.

Tasting It All: Tales and Recipes from a Restaurateur's Lifelong Journey of Food, Family, and Friendship.

by Angela Mulloy




I come from a family of storytellers. By dinnertime, everyone had a story to share. The day was their script. The table their stage. The family their audience. Angela Mulloy discovered at a very early age that food brings people together. From her childhood as part of a large, extended Italian family, to a career immersed in cuisine, her journey spans a lifetime of passionate cooking-a lifetime of learning recipes, techniques, and culinary secrets. This book, which begins in Mulloy's grandmother's kitchen, takes the reader on that journey as she moved around the country and gravitated to the sides of a multitude of cooks-those who ran the gamut from young housewives and little old ladies to food writers, chefs, and culinary legends; those who taught her the secrets of their favorite dishes; and those who shaped her notions about food and the kitchen. Began as a collection of childhood memories, it progressed to what it is now: part quirky memoir and part recipe book sprinkled with a little history and a touch of nostalgia. Mulloy writes with humor and warmth about the changes in her life-marriage, motherhood, career, feminism, divorce-and how food played a major role in each. Here, in this fascinating memoir, is a unique collection of stories about the people, places, and meals Mulloy encountered through the years. Told with her distinctive wit, they lend a flavor of the different cultures and cuisine, as well as the political and social climates of the 20th century. They recount the changing times, tastes, and traditions that span seven decades, and they share Mulloy's insights as she became a gourmet through evolution. Woven seamlessly throughout the text are mouthwatering recipes gleaned from family and friends-recipes that reflect a wide variety of cuisines that have followed her diverse life path. Uniquely and creatively presented, Mulloy's book is a culinary memoir that just begs to be devoured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432798994
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2013
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A professional writer and designer, Angela Mulloy took an unexpected turn of career as a successful publishing executive and purchased an 18th century plantation where she opened a restaurant and inn, bringing her talents and ambitions together. There she created a renaissance of Southern cooking, hospitality, and tradition. There she began a 25-year career in the culinary profession. And there she gleaned techniques that helped elevate her "home cooking" to another level. She is the author of four cookbooks-Plantation Feasts and Festivities, Celebrating the Chestnut, Seasonal Celebrations, and Healthy by Choice.

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Tasting It All: Tales and recipes from a restaurateur's lifelong journey of food, family, and friendship. 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
nikki1CO More than 1 year ago
came away dissatisfied, felt like something was missing....
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
I feel like I gained 5 pounds just reading this. And I regret nothing! Haha. I marked at LEAST a half-dozen MUST TRY recipes, and okay, maybe a few more including all the desserts. But who can blame me? It all sounds so tasty! And based off the two recipes I already tried (the Fried tomatoes with cream gravy and “Papach’s Summer Salad), I’m sure they will be out of this world! I am so impressed with the way the author has her own (or her family’s) special ‘take’ on more traditional dishes that make them truly unique and memorable. And that’s just the food part. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the love of family, food, friends, and life shines through in this book. I feel like I made some friends while reading this and will love to read more from this author in the future. I have a feeling she must have plenty more stories and recipes up her sleeve! I think my favorite one was the one of her learning to cook with her mother as a young girl. My daughter and I will be trying the shortbread recipe tonight, and we’ll make the food coloring optional ;) Thanks for such a wonderful book! Highly recommend to all foodies out there!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
Creative twists of more traditional fare,this book by Angela Mulloy will make your mouth water, your stomach growl with anticipation, and your heart feel full as you read it! As I was reading, I kept thinking that even someone who will never lift a finger in the kitchen will enjoy this book, just for the stories about her childhood and her family’s experiences. I was so into it! And there were parts that caught me off guard, and were sad. But also uplifting and funny! I liked how so many of the recipes would coincide with a specific story behind it, and it makes me want to try them and feel like a part of it! We feel like an honorary member of her large family, and it is such the opposite way that I grew up, I can’t help but envy her dynamic experience. And it shows through in the stories and the recipes. I’m not the greatest cook by any stretch, but there are some in here I feel confident I won’t screw up. LOL. But even if I do, I don’t care because this was such a great book to read anyways.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
This was different for me, I admit. Usually if I need a recipe I just google it real quick. But this was a whole different concept, and I genuinely loved it! I feel like I have a whole new appreciation for many of these foods, and I genuinely loved reading about the author’s life and the stories behind many of the recipes. I feel like a part of her extended family now, and was surprised that a “cookbook” would make me feel so emotionally engaged… I laughed, and I was shocked and saddened at a few parts. I thought the ending was ‘bittersweet’, and sort of wish it would have ended on a happier note. For the most part the recipes sound amazing, and with the exception of the more advanced ones (no, I will not be dealing with live crabs/lobsters) I plan on trying at least a dozen. They range from salads to main courses to desserts, and have differing levels of difficulty. So there is sure to be something in here for everyone, including some delightful stories.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
Tasting it All is such a lovely compilation of personal stories, history, and recipes, along with helpful ‘tips’ that anyone can appreciate. So easy to follow and the narrative is very compelling. It is clear that along with being a talented cook, Angela Mulloy is also a very talented author. Her stories really bring the recipes to life and I loved the personalization and intimate touch with the family pictures. I only wish there could have been some pictures of the food as well! I am very visual when it comes to cooking and always like to have a picture as my roadmap so I know what my finished product should look like. However, the recipes for the most part seemed easy enough to follow, but there are some that are best left to those with more experience and the proper equipment. But there are plenty that even lesser-experienced cooks like myself can try.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
If you are used to microwaving your dinner or one of those cook everything in 20 minutes or less type of person, than perhaps this won’t be the best book for you, although it is worth reading just for the anecdotes and vignettes alone. And there are some simpler recipes in there that don’t take much time or expertise. But there are several that will appeal to true cooks… ones who appreciate the fine art of creation and the time and effort that goes into making something truly great. Obviously I haven’t tried all these recipes yet, but I can tell from the ingredients and the instructions that they are delicious. I did try one, the banana bread, and it was gone within 15 minutes with demands to make again soon (just need more ripe bananas first!). But I’m excited to try the others.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
In the beginning, the author notes this book is ‘tales and recipes from a restaurateur’s lifelong journey of food, family, and friendship’ and that’s actually exactly what it is… and it is simply marvelous! It is a true journey, one that tells of the eclectic and unique upbringing in Camden, New Jersey and the different cultural influences that affected her, and the experiences with the family and their fascinating backgrounds and stories… you really feel like you are on a journey as you travel through time and see life through the eyes of others. And my goodness, the recipes! I lost track of home many I made note of to try, but I am making “Aunt Rita’s Meatballs” tonight. Can’t wait!
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
The more I read this book, the more I knew I was going to be spending some time in the kitchen real soon! Once I hit the “Strawberry Shortcake” recipe I knew I had to try it. OMG. So easy and soooo good!!! Too good!!! My kids were raving! I know I’ll be making this a lot while strawberries are in season. And when they’re not, there are a ton of other goodies to choose from. I’m not sure if this author has other books out there like this or not, but I’d love to read them if she does! So much better than just a boring ol’ cookbook with just recipes. Her stories really made everything so much better. Love them and loved the shortcake. Thanks!!
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Tasting it All by Angela Mulloy was truly an unexpected delight! From the preview I knew it wasn’t just another ordinary run-of-the-mill cookbook, but I had no idea just how special and heartwarming it would be! The stories are truly remarkable, and the recipes sound amazing!! I haven’t had a chance to try any yet, but I DEFINITELY will as soon as I can! I marked several that stood out (okay, I confess they were mostly the desserts, lol) and I can’t wait to try them! Overall I really loved this whole idea and highly recommend to anyone who likes cooking, but even if they don’t they will like reading about Angela’s interesting life and family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delectable Recipes and Delightful Stories This is so much more than either a memoir or a cookbook. It is a clever blend of stories and recipes. Each story tells an incident about a person in Angela’s life, and each shares a recipe derived from the person in the story. The stories themselves depict her interesting life from childhood through marriage, parenting, and divorce to publishing executive and owner of a first-class restaurant. For those of us old enough to remember, she brings back so many memories—World War II victory gardens, rolling chairs on the New Jersey boardwalk, sights on the old Route 6—and each of these memories is enhanced by a mouth-watering recipe indicative of the times. Throughout the book, Angela eloquently shows how cooking helped her transform and cope with the transitions in her life. Both funny and poignant, it was a joy to read. .