Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson

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  • Fine Cooking

    ...a page-turner. Witty and candid, Severson shares how the life lessons learned from several famous female cooks...helped her find her place as a woman, mother, and food writer.

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  • Tea & Cookies

    Kim Severson may have set out to write about the women who inspire her, but along the way she became an inspiring woman herself.

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  • ISBN 10 159448757X
  • ISBN 13 9781594487576
  • Published Apr 29 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Publisher Riverhead Books

Publishers Text

From the prominent New York Times food writer, a memoir recounting the tough life lessons she learned from a generation of female cooks-including Marion Cunningham, Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Rachael Ray, and Marcella Hazan.

Somewhere between the lessons her mother taught her as a child and the ones she is now trying to teach her own daughter, Kim Severson stumbled. She lost sight of what mattered, of who she was and who she wanted to be, and of how she wanted to live her life. It took a series of women cooks to reteach her the life lessons she forgot-and some she had never learned in the first place. Some as small as a spoonful, and others so big they saved her life, the best lessons she found were delivered in the kitchen.

Told in Severson's frank, often funny, always perceptive style, Spoon Fed weaves together the stories of eight important cooks with the lessons they taught her-lessons that seemed to come right when she needed them most. We follow Kim's journey from an awkward adolescent to an adult who channeled her passions into failing relationships, alcohol, and professional ambition, almost losing herself in the process. Finally as Severson finds sobriety and starts a family of her own, we see her mature into a strong, successful woman, as we learn alongside her.

An emotionally rich, multilayered memoir and an inspirational, illuminating series of profiles of the most influential women in the world of food, Spoon Fed is Severson's story and the story of the women who came before her-and ultimately, a testament to the wisdom that can be found in the kitchen.



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