I loved, loved, loved this book so much. I thought I had grown tired of the whole food-memoir-with-recipes-at-the-end-of-each-chapter sub-genre, but A Homemade Life is a wonderful exception.
Molly Wizenberg is a generous writer, full of self-depreciating humor and gentle wit. Her descriptions of her childhood, and especially of her relationship with her parents, are moving and sweet. I will admit, when I was reading this on the bus, I got a bit teary at one point.
Then there are the recipes. I have lost count of how many times I've made the French Grandmother's Lemon Yogurt Cake — it's so good — and I could write a sonnet about the pickled carrots.
If you are a fan of food writing and you haven't read this yet, I promise that you will love it. Recommended By Sandy M, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
"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
Like the cupcakes Torey makes at Magnolia Bakery, this book is a cutie. Filled with Catskills farmscapes, it'll make any cook with a hankering for the country happy. Driven by seasonal ingredients, these recipes are company-worthy and easy to boot. (New York Daily News
, December 17, 2007)
This cheery cookbook celebrates the timeless appeal of homemade chicken and chocolate cake on the kitchen table. Torey, owner of the Magnolia Bakery and author of The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook and More from Magnolia, has built her culinary career on simple, classic recipes. Here the focus moves away from cookies and cupcakes (recently namedropped in a Saturday Night Live sketch) to the dishes she makes in her own home in upstate New York. Colorful photographs depict Torey, her partner, and collie dogs in their country-style house amid vintage textiles and tableware. Torey is a believer in fresh, seasonal eating. Her homey, elemental dishes span the seasons, from light summery Eggplant with Red and Yellow Cherry Tomato Sauce to an autumnal Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Onion. Dinners are divided up into no-fuss “weekday” and more complicated “weekend” categories. She’s also included the formulas for two of her famous cupcakes: Chocolate with Butterscotch Frosting and Orange Vanilla. Torey goes easy on the text, offering minimal instruction, but these are straightforward recipes to follow, and the result is a tasty blend of nostalgia and innovation. (Oct.) —(Publishers Weekly, June 19, 2007)
An elegant memoir with recipes by acclaimed food writer Molly Wizenberg.
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.
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. .
Both sweet and savory recipes from the founder of the beloved Magnolia Bakery
Both sweet and savory recipes from the founder of the beloved Magnolia Bakery
Since its opening in 1996, Magnolia Bakery’s fan base and popularity have only grown over the years, transforming it from a beloved destination into a New York City landmark. This favorite bakery has not only expanded to four more locations in the city but has also opened up stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, the Middle East, and Tokyo. At Home with Magnolia, now in paperback for the first time, is the only cookbook from the bakery’s founder Allysa Torey to include savory dishes. The amazing recipes range from Pumpkin Ravioli with Corn, Hazelnuts, and Asiago to Strawberry Icebox Pie and are presented alongside stunning photos of the author’s beautiful, vintage home in upstate New York. And, of course, the book wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of Torey’s famous cupcake recipes as well.
About the Author
Molly Wizenberg, winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award, is the voice behind andlt;iandgt;Orangetteandlt;/iandgt;, named the best food blog in the world by the andlt;iandgt;London Timesandlt;/iandgt;. Her first book, andlt;iandgt;A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Tableandlt;/iandgt;, was a andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller, and her work has appeared in andlt;iandgt;Bon Appandeacute;titandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Art of Eatingandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The Guardianandlt;/iandgt;, and on Saveur.com and Gourmet.com. She also cohosts the hit podcast andlt;iandgt;Spilled Milkandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in Seattle with her husband Brandon Pettit, their daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice. She and Brandon own and run the restaurants Delancey and Essex.
Table of Contents
Starters: Appetizers and Salads.
Weeknight Dinners: Meals for Every Day.
Weekend Dinners: Meals for Entertaining.
Sides and Casseroles.