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A Homemade Life combines my favorite elements: memoir, travel writing, food writing, recipes, a beautiful love story, and quirky family anecdotes, along with all the things that make the Orangette blog one of my online obsessions. Molly Wizenberg weaves together personal stories with innovative recipes that will change the way you look at dinner. She has an inspiring reverence for fresh ingredients, and the simplicity of many of the recipes makes them accessible. The Winning Hearts and Minds chocolate wedding cake is heavenly and incredibly worth taking the time to bake; it quickly became my best dinner-party trick.
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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 patisserie, 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.

Review:

"Wizenberg's debut shares the same basic format as her Orangette blog — favorite recipes interspersed with personal reflection — but constructed around a much tighter family narrative. Memories of her father, for example, begin with his cherished formula for potato salad and an attempt to recreate his French toast, but also include a variation on scrambled eggs that spurred a comforting moment as he was dying of cancer. The second half of the memoir focuses on her blossoming relationship with Brandon, who started out as a fan of the blog, became a long-distance boyfriend and eventually moved to Seattle and married her — of course, she shares the recipes for the pickled carrots they served at the wedding as well as the chocolate cake she baked for dessert. Though there is an emphasis on desserts, the recipes cover a variety of meals, none beyond the range of an ordinary cook, and Wizenberg's directions are laced with a charming voice that strikes a neat balance with the reflective passages. Her strong personality stands out among her generation's culinary voices." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"These recipes run the gamut from a favorite childhood dessert called Hoosier Pie through soups and meatballs to some unique tiny pastries based on canned tuna. Fans of the authors popular blog will be particularly attracted to this autobiography." Booklist

Synopsis:

Realizing that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen, Wizenberg started writing about cooking, eating, reading, and thinking--and it seemed she had finally found her passion. Here, Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center.

Synopsis:

An elegant memoir with recipes by acclaimed food writer Molly Wizenberg.

Synopsis:

and#8226; An irresistible story of cooking that goes beyond the kitchen: Molly Wizenberg shares stories of an everyday life and a way of eating that is inspiring, playful, and mindful. From her fatherand#8217;s French toast to her husband Brandonand#8217;s pickles to her chocolate wedding cakes, andlt;Iandgt;A Homemade Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; is a story about the lessons we can learn in the kitchen: who we are, who we love, and who we want to be..andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Delicious homemade food: The fifty recipes that accompany Mollyand#8217;s writing are an integral part of her story; she connects food to the people who cook and eat it. Full of fresh flavors, these dishes invite novices and experienced cooks alike into the kitchen. .andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; An established following: The hardcover of andlt;Iandgt;A Homemade Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; reached the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; extended list, and Molly read before standing-room only crowds at bookstores across the country. Wizenbergand#8217;s blog, Orangette, was named the #1 food blog in the world by the andlt;Iandgt;London Timesandlt;/Iandgt; and boasts more than 9,500 hits per day. .

About the Author

Molly Wizenberg is a freelance food writer and the creator of the award-winning blog Orangette. She is a regular contributor to Bon Appetite, and her writing has been featured on NPR.org and PBS.org and has been praised in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The Seattle Times. Wizenberg has degrees in human biology, French, and cultural anthropology, but in 2005, she left the world of academia to write full-time.

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marathongirl, December 1, 2012 (view all comments by marathongirl)
What a great read! I expected this book to be a fairly basic food-based memoir. In fact, it's a passionate love story. Love of food, love of family and finding true love. Oh, and did I mention that I dog-eared pretty much the whole book? I want to try ALL the recipes! Delish!
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inacloud, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by inacloud)
This book was a fun, engaging, heartfelt tribute to the author's father, packed with anecdotes, great details about growing up in a big, eccentric family, and fantastic recipes to go along with the memories Wizenberg shares so vividly. I have read my way through each chapter while simultaneously cooking my way through the recipes, and it makes the book a truly delicious read.
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Wendy in Port Townsend, October 16, 2011 (view all comments by Wendy in Port Townsend)
I wanted to read this book, since the author lives in Seattle, and her husband just opened a pizza restaurant that is supposed to be very good. I've read a few of Molly Wizenberg's blogs, Orangette, and enjoyed them. Although I did have fun reading this, I found it very lightweight, much like a collection of breezy blogs, which it may be. For food writing, I recommend Julia Child's My Life in France, or Ruth Reichel, or MFK Fisher. I also love reading Paula Wolfort's cookbooks much more than any blog, and Patricia Wells's friendly recipes in her cookbooks and Food Lover's Guides to Paris and France.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416551065
Author:
Wizenberg, Molly
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Illustrator:
Engman, Camilla
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Cooking
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black and white illustrations throughout
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.85 oz

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Product details 352 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416551065 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A Homemade Life combines my favorite elements: memoir, travel writing, food writing, recipes, a beautiful love story, and quirky family anecdotes, along with all the things that make the Orangette blog one of my online obsessions. Molly Wizenberg weaves together personal stories with innovative recipes that will change the way you look at dinner. She has an inspiring reverence for fresh ingredients, and the simplicity of many of the recipes makes them accessible. The Winning Hearts and Minds chocolate wedding cake is heavenly and incredibly worth taking the time to bake; it quickly became my best dinner-party trick.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wizenberg's debut shares the same basic format as her Orangette blog — favorite recipes interspersed with personal reflection — but constructed around a much tighter family narrative. Memories of her father, for example, begin with his cherished formula for potato salad and an attempt to recreate his French toast, but also include a variation on scrambled eggs that spurred a comforting moment as he was dying of cancer. The second half of the memoir focuses on her blossoming relationship with Brandon, who started out as a fan of the blog, became a long-distance boyfriend and eventually moved to Seattle and married her — of course, she shares the recipes for the pickled carrots they served at the wedding as well as the chocolate cake she baked for dessert. Though there is an emphasis on desserts, the recipes cover a variety of meals, none beyond the range of an ordinary cook, and Wizenberg's directions are laced with a charming voice that strikes a neat balance with the reflective passages. Her strong personality stands out among her generation's culinary voices." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "These recipes run the gamut from a favorite childhood dessert called Hoosier Pie through soups and meatballs to some unique tiny pastries based on canned tuna. Fans of the authors popular blog will be particularly attracted to this autobiography."
"Synopsis" by , Realizing that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen, Wizenberg started writing about cooking, eating, reading, and thinking--and it seemed she had finally found her passion. Here, Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center.
"Synopsis" by , An elegant memoir with recipes by acclaimed food writer Molly Wizenberg.
"Synopsis" by , and#8226; An irresistible story of cooking that goes beyond the kitchen: Molly Wizenberg shares stories of an everyday life and a way of eating that is inspiring, playful, and mindful. From her fatherand#8217;s French toast to her husband Brandonand#8217;s pickles to her chocolate wedding cakes, andlt;Iandgt;A Homemade Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; is a story about the lessons we can learn in the kitchen: who we are, who we love, and who we want to be..andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Delicious homemade food: The fifty recipes that accompany Mollyand#8217;s writing are an integral part of her story; she connects food to the people who cook and eat it. Full of fresh flavors, these dishes invite novices and experienced cooks alike into the kitchen. .andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; An established following: The hardcover of andlt;Iandgt;A Homemade Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; reached the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; extended list, and Molly read before standing-room only crowds at bookstores across the country. Wizenbergand#8217;s blog, Orangette, was named the #1 food blog in the world by the andlt;Iandgt;London Timesandlt;/Iandgt; and boasts more than 9,500 hits per day. .
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