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

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Notes about this book

  • Eat Your Books

    See Lisa Is Cooking's take on Sliced spring salad with avocado and feta from this book.

  • DKennedy on March 23, 2014

    I thought this was a fantastic read. Have also made several recipes and enjoyed them all.

  • sck on July 28, 2010

    I have loved the things I've made so far (blueberry-raspberry pound cake and dutch baby pancakes).

  • nomadchowwoman on January 05, 2010

    I've tried several recipes--banana bread, scones, some of the pickles, Doron's meatballs--with success. I love even more than the recipes the great storytelling, the warmth and honesty that emanate from Molly. (And you will feel like you're on a first name basis with Molly, right from the start.)

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Blueberry-raspberry pound cake

    • sck on July 31, 2010

      This is a great cake. The addition of kirsch is a nice touch.

    • IvyManning on September 03, 2010

      It didn't work.

    • Kdmccul on January 07, 2013

      It was just ok. Not really worth the effort.

    • DKennedy on February 11, 2014

      Beware - Recipe contains an error in it. Should be 2 1/2 sticks of butter, not cups. Error has been corrected in later editions but remains in the Kindle edition.

  • Buckwheat pancakes

    • stockholm28 on April 26, 2015

      Good, but I think I prefer Melissa Clark's buckwheat pancakes.

  • Dutch baby pancakes with lemon and sugar

    • sck on July 31, 2010

      Better than French toast. It has a lovely filling with a crispy top. We like it served with maple syrup.

  • French-style yogurt cake with lemon

    • sck on July 31, 2010

      Wonderful moist lemon cake.

    • stockholm28 on February 03, 2015

      This is one of those cakes that can be made in about 10 minutes (no mixer needed). She includes both a lemon glaze and a lemon icing. I only made the glaze and thought it was an excellent simple cake without the icing.

    • pistachiopeas on April 07, 2015

      Loved this cake. It was made very quickly and easily. It took me the full 35 minutes to bake. I only made the icing. It was good. Next time I will try just the syrup. Very light taste.

  • Chana masala

    • lauranyc1 on March 08, 2010

      Excellent recipe, easy to make with great flavors.

  • Sliced spring salad with avocado and feta

    • DKennedy on February 19, 2014

      Love this salad! I add smashed almonds and chicken and mild goat cheese instead of feta. I also use 1 T. flax oil, 1 T. lemon olive oil, 1 T. walnut oil and 2 T. plain old olive oil in the dressing instead of the 5 T. olive oil.

  • Little corn cakes with bacon, tomato, and avocado

    • smccandless on November 28, 2011

      Corn cakes are delicious and freeze well.

  • Banana bread with chocolate and crystallized ginger

    • DKennedy on February 15, 2014

      Made this with a few tweaks: used cup for cup GF flour; added unsweetened shredded coconut, added pecans, reduced ginger to 1/8 cup. Superb! Not too sweet, perfect with a cup of tea.

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Reviews about this book

  • Tea & Cookies

    ...everything that is lovely about Orangette is here in this book. Molly has a way of waxing rhapsodic over food and flavors and the details of life that is utterly captivating.

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  • ISBN 10 1416551050
  • ISBN 13 9781416551058
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Mar 03 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster

Publishers Text

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 the kitchen 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.



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