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

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  • 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.)

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  • 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
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  • 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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